Video PlayerClose SHANGHAI, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Beijing Guoan tamed Shanghai Shenhua 2-1 in the 28th round of the Chinese Super League (CSL) here on Friday to temporarily lead the table. Cedric Bakambu helped Beijing take an early lead, heading home the corner by Piao Cheng six minutes into the game. In the 56th minute, Shanghai was awarded a penalty after VAR confirmed Li Ke's handball and Odion Jude Ighalo converted the penalty to restore parity. Six minutes later, captain Renato Augusto slotted home an accurate pass into the box by Bakambu from the right flank and Beijing resisted the late surge by Shanghai to clinch the victory 2-1. "I'm very satisfied with Bakambu's performance today. After a long trip back from the international break, he had one goal and one assist in the game, which is very satisfying," Beijing coach Bruno Genesio said. With the triumph, Beijing now top the CSL table with 64 points, one point ahead of former leaders Guangzhou Evergrande, who will play their … [Read more...] about Roundup: Beijing Guoan edge Shanghai Shenhua to lead Chinese Super League
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IMAGE: Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers. Photograph: Carl Recine Livepic/Action Images via Reuters Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers says they will not be selling players in the January transfer window but could make additions if an opportunity to improve the squad comes their way. Rodgers, who took charge in February, has guided Leicester to second in the Premier League on 26 points from 12 games this season, eight points behind leaders Liverpool.The club sold centre back Harry Maguire to Manchester United for around 80 million pounds ($103.30 million) in the close season and Rodgers does not want to lose any more of his core group as they seek a return to the Champions League. "We have absolutely no plans to lose anyone in January," Rodgers told reporters. "Our job is to keep what we have. "If there's an opportunity to improve the squad we will look to do that. If not, we will carry on with the squad we have, which is very strong." British media have linked 22-year-old … [Read more...] about Leicester will not sell players in January: Rodgers
IMAGE: Jamie Vardy of Leicester City, right, warms up with his team mates. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has asked for a change in mentality to revive the club's Premier League campaign which is in stark contrast to their impressive Champions League form.Champions Leicester sit 13th in the Premier League after a mixed start to the season while being on the brink of entering the Champions League knockout rounds after three group stage wins. "We cannot continue in this way and our goal is to change our concentration in the Premier League," Ranieri told British media. "When you are playing in the Champions League, your mind is more concentrated, you are more focused on the match. "You lose something when you play in the league, that is normal, but I hope we can change this soon. I am very proud on one side, while in the Premier League I'm very hungry. "We are in a good position (in Europe) and our destiny is in our own hands. We have … [Read more...] about Can Leicester turn around failing EPL campaign?
‘They aren’t machines, they are the best players in their position but they aren’t unbeatable or unsurpassable’IMAGE: (left to right) Luis Suarez, Neymar, Jordi Alba, Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona after a training session. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images. Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez have scored 107 goals between them this season but after Barcelona's celebrated trio failed to find the net in the defeat by Real Madrid, coach Luis Enrique defended them by declaring ‘they aren't machines’. Luis Enrique said he was not concerned about the physical state of his all-star attacking line despite their below-par performance in Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat.Although Real halted their 39-game unbeaten run, the 45-year-old coach said he retained full confidence in his side as they prepared to host Atletico Madrid in the first leg of an all-Spanish Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday. Messi (37), … [Read more...] about ‘Messi, Suarez and Neymar are not machines’
Video PlayerClose By Oliver Trust BERLIN, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- To discover Borussia Moenchengladbach's charisma, a journey into the past is necessary. The five-time German Champion (1970, 71, 75, 76 and 77) and two times UEFA-Cup winner (today the Euro League) of 1975 and 1979 was called the goal-factory. Young stars like Guenter Netzer and Jupp Heynckes played enchanting football with the "Fohlen-Elf" (team of foals) over more than a decade. Borussia was the big challenger of Bayern Munich, proving it doesn't always take heaps of money to create enthusiasm. After having lost contact with the national and international top for many years, the side is back on the top and currently leading the Bundesliga. Fans now puzzle over the question if their team is strong enough to win the first national title after 42 years. COACH MARCO ROSE (42) It might have been a surprise that Champions League winner Juergen Klopp a few months ago called the Leipzig-born the most hyped German coach. Several … [Read more...] about Five reasons why Moenchengladbach can dream of first national title in 42 years