Leicester leading the title race |  MUNDIAL MORNINGS

TUESDAY 15 DECEMBER 2015

Leicester has continued their incredible run in the Barclay’s
Premier League after defeating current champions Chelsea FC 2-1.

This season has been nothing short of a miracle for Claudio
Ranieri’s men, who could be on the brink of the greatest football story of all
time.

At the start of the season they were 2000-1 to win the
title, and were expected to be in for a dogfight around mid-table.

The combination between Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez is
frightening. At times, the two attackers appear to share one brain due to their
extensive knowledge of each others game.

Mahrez has been praised for his ability to play world class
balls to the feet of his players, and he replicated this beauty once again. The
ball hung in the air for Vardy, who timed his run perfectly before volleying the
ball past a helpless Thibaut Courtois.

Leicester’s second goal was proof of how good Mahrez has been
this season. His silky touch from a 30 yard ball into the box was touched down
with ease. The Algerian managed to wriggle and turn his defenders back towards
goal, before take a ping at goal which ended up in the top left corner.

Despite a late push from the current champions, Leicester
were able to hold off Jose Mourinho’s men and leapfrog Arsenal into first
position.

Mourinho is under constant fire due to his sides poor form,
but instead of defending his players he has thrown them under the same bus that won
them the Premier League last season.

“I feel my work has been betrayed. It’s difficult when
some players are not at the [right] level.”

“Apart from Matic & Willian no one else is playing
to the game plan. Top 4 hopes are over”

Let the banter begin

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PREVIEW

 

Juventus v Bayern
Munich (ITA-GER)

Our prediction is that Bayern will just win this two legged
tie against the Italian champions. Pep Guardiola is desperate to win his first
Champions League with Bayern and this could be his last opportunity.

Roma v Real Madrid
(ITA-ESP)

Roma were lucky to edge through their group after having a
better head to head record than Bayer Leverkusen- who had a better goal
difference.

Real Madrid are on fire at the moment and should have no
trouble in this tie.

PSV Eindhoven v
Atlético Madrid (NED-ESP)

Despite PSV’s stellar performance in the group to top
Manchester United, Atletico have been unstoppable in the La Liga.

Five consecutive victories has hauled them back into the
title race.

PSV will need to cause a massive upset to defeat the
Spaniards.

Benfica v Zenit St
Petersburg (POR-RUS)


Last time these two went to war in the Champions League,
Benfica won the tie 4-3. Although Zenit are aiming to make the Quarter Finals
for the first time.

This one could end up being a classic.

KAA Gent v Wolfsburg
(BEL-GER)

Wolfsburg clear favourites here but Gent could be the
underdogs in this tournament. Could they replicate the Shakthar team of 2009 in
the Europa League.

Dynamo Kyiv v
Manchester City

Despite cold conditions for Manchester City in Ukraine, the
Sky Blues shouldn’t have any trouble making it to the Quarter Finals. They
simply have too much fire power.

Arsenal v Barcelona
(ENG-ESP)

Barcelona are striving to become the first team to win this
tournament back to back, while Arsenal look to break there hoodoo in the
Champions League. Arsenal will need to play two perfect games in order to make
it through against this world class Spanish side.

Paris Saint-Germain v
Chelsea (FRA-ENG)

Chelsea’s form tells us that PSG should easily take this one
out. Both teams have a win against each other in their previous meetings. Last
time these two teams met, drama at Stamford bridge saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent
off. This clash will be one to watch*

COLOURFUL COLOMBIAN
FOOTBALL


Atletico Nacional fans have produced one of the largest TIFOS in Columbian domestic league history. Nacional came back from a 1-0 first leg defecit, to defeat
Independiente Medellín at home in front of a stadium full of green and white. The two legged final will be played on the 17th and 21st of December between Atletico Nacional and Junior F.C

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