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Presnel Kimpembe Shuts Down 4-On-1 Counterattack With Tackle Of The Season

In the 79th-minute of Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash between Lille and Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1, a PSG corner kick quickly transitioned into a Lille counterattack going the other way. Faced with a four-on-one, center back Presnel Kimpembe produced one of the most spectacular tackles you’ll ever see.

After drifting toward Timothy Weah on the ball, Kimpembe quickly reacted to his pass inside, read Burak Yılmaz’s intention and acrobatically put an end to his run on the stretch — Kimpembe obliterated him with the toes of his left foot. 

Kevin Davies And The Art Of The Foul

When Kevin Davies took the field for Bolton Wanderers, the action on the pitch often resembled a barroom brawl rather than a soccer match.

Under manager Sam Allardyce, Davies consistently led the league in both fouls committed and fouls received, setting multiple records along the way.

Brendan Rodgers And Leicester City Host Struggling Fulham

Fourth-placed Leicester City will play host to Fulham at 12:30 p.m. ET on Monday. 

Brendan Rodgers' Leicester has been in good form lately, winning six in a row in all competitions before a 3-0 defeat to Liverpool last weekend. The Foxes came from behind against Portuguese side Braga to snatch a 3-3 draw in the Europa League on Thursday and now sit three points clear at the top of Group G.

Video Of Every Spurs Tackle, Block And Clearance Vs. Man City Is My Drug

There are times when you’re watching an incredible match and at a total loss as to how you’d explain the breathless spirit of the performance when it outweighs any one particular action like a line-splitting pass or must-watch goal.

Tottenham versus Manchester City on Saturday perfectly encapsulated that feeling. The easiest take was to label it a vintage José Mourinho master class, but that’s the most banal and hackneyed angle imaginable. 

Sergio Ramos Out For Crucial Real Madrid Matches With Hamstring Injury

Real Madrid are set to be without captain Sergio Ramos for their Champions League trip to Inter Milan after they confirmed on Thursday that he suffered a hamstring injury on international duty with Spain.

Ramos was substituted in the first half of the team's 6-0 thrashing of Germany on Tuesday.

"After undergoing tests under the supervision of Real Madrid's medical team, Sergio Ramos has picked up a hamstring problem," Real said in a statement.

Burnley Has Proven It Belongs Among The EPL Giants, But Could Its Stay Be Coming To An End?

It is fair to say that money controls the Premier League. Money is the reason Manchester City and Liverpool are title contenders, while Brighton and West Brom languish near the bottom of the table.

Soccernomics co-authors Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski calculated that 90 percent of variation in league position in the Premier League is determined by a club's wage bill.

Scouting Potential Solutions To Liverpool's Center Back Crisis

If Liverpool didn't have an injury crisis at center back before, it certainly does now. After losing Virgil van Dijk to a knee injury in the Merseyside derby last month, Joe Gomez is now expected to miss most of the season after injuring his knee during England training on Wednesday.

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