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Leicester, Tottenham title credentials questioned by United boss Van Gaal

The FC crew discuss Manchester United's potential record-breaking profits, but recent failure to bring in top talent.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has piled the pressure on Leicester City and Tottenham, claiming there will come a time when the inexperienced title-challengers "have to win."

With 13 matches remaining, Leicester and Spurs are the Premier League's surprise top two, with the Foxes five points clear and Spurs ahead of rivals Arsenal on goal difference and one point ahead of Manchester City.

Tottenham face City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday following Leicester's match at Arsenal.


Chelsea striker Diego Costa would be welcome back at Atletico Madrid - Gabi

Diego Simeone has accepted full responsibility for Jackson Martinez's disappointing spell at the Vicente Calderon.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Fernando Torres scoring his 100th goal for Atletico Madrid in their win versus Eibar.
On a day marked by his 100th La Liga win, Diego Simeone congratulated Fernando Torres for his 100th goal at Atletico Madrid.
The ESPN FC team discuss Barcelona's defeat of Atletico Madrid and the impact of Atletico going down to nine men.

Atletico Madrid captain Gabi says he would be very pleased if the reports linking Chelsea striker Diego Costa with a return to the La Liga club turn out to be true.

Costa was a key player as Atletico won the 2013/14 La Liga title and 2013 Copa del Rey during his previous spell at the Estadio Vicente Calderon, and after moving to Chelsea for €38 million in the summer of 2014 he won a Premier League winner's medal while scoring 20 goals in 26 league appearances during his first season.


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Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli seeks legal action over Juventus bias claim

Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli refereed the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina.

Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli and the head of the Italian Referees' Association (AIA) Marcello Nicchi are both to take legal action against a journalist who criticised his appointment for the top-of-the-table Serie A clash between Juventus and Napoli on Saturday evening.

Rizzoli has since been forced to pull out of the fixture after picking up a calf tear, and Daniele Orsato will instead officiate the fixture, but journalist Paolo Liguori, director of TGCom, told Mediaset television on Monday night...

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Everton's Romelu Lukaku: Leicester's success gives whole league belief

Roberto Martinez feels Everton can challenge for a top four spot if they can be consistent.

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has told the Daily Telegraph that Leicester's success in the Premier League this season will give smaller clubs the belief they can achieve something similar next term.

Leicester were one of the favourites to get relegated this season, however, with just 13 games of the campaign left to play they sit five points clear at the top of the table.

Everton have struggled with consistency this term, currently lying eighth in the standings, but Lukaku believes there is no reason...

Lionel Messi back in Barcelona training ahead of Celta Vigo clash

ESPN FC's Craig Burley says Barca's record-breaking 29 match unbeaten run could be extended thanks to their front three.
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique doesn't get drawn into numbers talk after his side completed a club-record 29-match unbeaten run.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi is expected to return to the team for Sunday's La Liga game at home to Celta Vigo after returning to training with his teammates following treatment for a kidney stones.

Messi, 28, first had the problem during last December's World Club Cup in Japan, and missed out on Wednesday's 1-1 Copa del Rey semifinal draw at Valencia after taking some time off to deal with it conclusively.

Catalan sports paper Mundo Deportivo reported that he underwent an "extracorporeal shock wave...

Jermaine Pennant ready for Messi-like treatment against Geylang in S.League

ESPN FC's Nicole Asgar and John Wilkinson preview the new S.League season where former Liverpool player Jermaine Pennant looks to make his mark for Tampines Rovers.

Jermaine Pennant is raring to live up to the hype and rise to the challenge when he makes his Tampines Rovers debut in their S.League season opener against Geylang International on Monday.

Since the former Arsenal and Liverpool winger joined the Stags last month, he has garnered plenty of headlines and even drew over 2,000 fans to the Jalan Besar Stadium in his first preseason friendly appearance, a significantly larger turnout than the average league matches.

The amount of attention he has brought...