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LIVE: Brighton vs Manchester City

MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: John Stones, Nathan Ake, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Zack Steffen, Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez, Samuel Edozie, Cole Palmer.

MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo; Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan; Gabriel Jesus, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden.

BRIGHTON SUBS: Tariq Lamptey, Adam Webster, Aaron Connolly, Yves Bissouma, Alexis Mac Allister, Enock Mwepu, Jason Steele, Shane Duffy, Taylor Richards.

BRIGHTON (4-4-2): Robert Sanchez; Joel Veltman, Lewis Dunk, Dan Burn, Marc Cucurella; Pascal Gross, Jakub Moder, Adam Lallana, Solly March; Leandro Trossard, Neal Maupay.

City were clinical during the week in the Champions League, beating Club Brugge 5-1 on the road. It backed up their efforts in the Premier League after seeing off Burnley 2-0 on home soil last week. Pep Guardiola's men will need to maintain their edge in the final third as the Seagulls have been difficult to break down. City cannot afford to fall further behind Chelsea at the top of the table.

Brighton have drawn their last three matches on the bounce in the Premier League, but are unbeaten in their last five. Graham Potter's men have punched above their weight in the top flight this term and sit in fourth place ahead of kick-off. The Seagulls have been accused of lacking a cutting edge, which has affected their ability to kill off opponents of late. They have to be ruthless tonight against the champions.

Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester City at the Amex Stadium.

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Caf Champions League: TP Mazembe 1-1 AmaZulu FC (1-1 agg) - Usuthu seal historic group stage spot

Caf Champions League: TP Mazembe 1-1 AmaZulu FC (1-1 agg) - Usuthu seal historic group stage spot

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Tandi Mwape, TP Mazembe & Bonginkosi Ntuli, AmaZulu FC, October 2021

TP Mazembe and AmaZulu FC drew 1-1 in the second round second-leg clash on Saturday

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Salma Hayek tried to convince me to leave Ajax for Rennes - Alvarez

The famous actress reached out to her fellow Mexican to try to change his mind about turning down an offer from the Ligue 1 team
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Video: Mngqithi - Sundowns won't bank on home record against Maniema

Video: Mngqithi - Sundowns won't bank on home record against Maniema | Goal.com

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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi.

Manqoba Mngqithi, says Mamelodi Sundowns will not rely on past records at home when they face Maniema Union

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Matchday LIVE: Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Manchester City & AC Milan all in action

Stay right up to date with Goal's live commentary coverage of the biggest games from around the globe
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LIVE: Chelsea vs Norwich

7' Hudson-Odoi gets around Aarons and Kabak with searing pace, but his ball into the box is headed away by Hanley.

5' Rudiger is very far forward and hits a specualtive shot towards goal. It bounces just in front of Krul, who spills the easy-looking save, but re-gathers before any Chelsea players can nip in to hit the rebound.

4' Jorginho has time to cross from 30 yards out, and his ball towards Hudson-Odoi is just ahead of the Chelsea winger and the ball flies out for a goal-kick.

3' Norwich break forward and Aaron's squeezes a great ball through to the edge of the box. Unfortunately though, it's just behind Sargent who has to chase after the ball, and his ensuing pass back inside is intercepted by Chelsea.

2' This match is Norwich’s 38th successive game inside the Premier League’s bottom three. It’s a record second only to Swindon’s 40 in 1993-94, and a win won’t even see them climb higher than 18th, regardless of other results.

1' We're underway in West London, as Havertz gets us underway for Chelsea!

The teams are on the pitch at Stamford Bridge, and kick-off isn’t far away now!

Billy Gilmour is ineligible to play against parent club Chelsea, and Norwich line up with a five-man midfield in this match. They’ll be hoping to win the ball and move it forwards, particularly given that the Canaries have only scored two goals so far this season.

Missing their two injured strikers Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner through injury, Chelsea will start with Kai Havertz leading the line. The Germany forward scored his second goal of the season in midweek, against Malmo in the Champions League.

NORWICH CITY SUBS: Angus Gunn, Lukas Rupp, Kieran Dowell, Milot Rashica, Christos Tzolis, Jacob Lungi Sorensen, Brandon Williams, Adam Idah, Andrew Omobamidele.

NORWICH CITY (3-5-2): Tim Krul; Ozan Kabak, Ben Gibson, Grant Hanley; Max Aarons, Pierre Lees-Melou, Mathias Normann, Kenny McLean, Dimitrios Giannoulis; Josh Sargent, Teemu Pukki.

CHELSEA SUBS: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcos Alonso, Andreas Christensen, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Saul Niguez, Ross Barkley, Hakim Ziyech, Cesar Azpilicueta, Malang Sarr.

CHELSEA (3-4-2-1): Edouard Mendy; Trevoh Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger; Reece James, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Ben Chilwell; Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount; Kai Havertz.

Still searching for their first win of the season, Norwich will know that they’ve been written off by most ahead of this match, but coach Daniel Farke will hope that two draws in their last two games will stand the Canaries in good stead, as they prepare to face a Chelsea side yet to drop a point this October.

It’s a clash between the league’s top and bottom teams, as home side Chelsea, who lead Liverpool by a point heading into this game, face Norwich, who remain planted to the foot of the table.

Hello, and welcome to live coverage of this Premier League fixture between Chelsea and Norwich City.

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Sigh of relief as Kenyan government lifts stadium ban

The local supporters had been denied entry for over a year since the state took the move that was aimed at curbing the Covid-19 spread

Football supporters in Kenya can now breathe a sigh of relief after the government lifted their stadium ban.

Although the state has allowed two-thirds the capacity of the stadium, the fans are likely to rejoice over the move since they have been out of sporting facilities since last year when they were barred from watching games live at the venues, as the government took mitigation measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

"Following the president's directive on Mashujaa Day revising some of the Covid-19 protocols and subsequent discussions between the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Amina Mohamed, and the CS for Health, Mutahi Kagwe, spectators will now be allowed into stadiums," a statement obtained by Goal read on Saturday.

"The event organizers are expected to ensure they utilize up to 2/3rds capacity of the stadia. However, each event organiser, must comply with the requirements of the local and international federations regarding spectators.

"We want to ensure that moving forward that is the case ]vaccination], but not just coming into the country, we also want to ensure that those participating in the country are also fully vaccinated.

"Those sitting in the stands are vaccinated or tested, and with those kinds of measures, we are sure we can continue fully opening up the country."

The Premier League, the National Super League and the lower tiers have already started their 2021/22 campaigns. The lifting of the ban comes a few days after Kenya's most popular club fixture; the Mashemeji Derby was played on Wednesday, where Gor Mahia emerged winners with a 1-0 margin after Boniface Omondi scored their 87th goal in the most contested Premier League fixture.

On Friday, Gor Mahia announced up to 10,000 fans will be allowed to watch their Caf Confederation Cup game on Sunday at Nyayo Stadium against Al-Ahly Merowe. K'Ogalo are enjoying a 3-1 first-leg advantage and the return of their fans should be a motivating factor going into the Sunday clash.

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Caf Champions League: Five lessons learnt from Tusker vs Zamalek

The Brewers fell to the White Knights 4-0 on Friday night to crash out of the competition 5-0 on aggregate
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Klopp hails Salah’s 'pretty special' Liverpool goal and quality against Atletico Madrid

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Mngqithi encourages AmaZulu: TP Mazembe fans act as if they will kill you but they are friendly

The tactician discussed the state of the environment in Africa as he encountered it in the Caf Champions League

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi has tipped AmaZulu on how to overcome scary threats in Lubumbashi ahead of the latter team's Caf Champions League second preliminary round encounter against TP Mazembe on Saturday.

Mngqithi discussed the conditions in DR Congo's southeasternmost town as they encountered it when they were there to play TP Mazembe in their previous Champions League campaign.

"The first trip that we took to Lubumbashi and played against TP Mazembe, the environment can look very hostile if you are not aware of what is really happening," Mngqithi told the club's media department.

"The supporters are very intimidating. Your trip to the stadium is very scary because you always ask yourself, 'Are we going to come out of here?' The supporters are even showing you that they are going to cut your neck, that they are going to score three goals and it is like culture within the small town.

"They make sure that you are as intimidated as ever. But when you have been there, you start to realise these people are very friendly. Maybe they are just scaring you because immediately after you beat them or you perform very well, they are always very friendly and nice after the match.

"It is important for AmaZulu to understand that because it can get into your head when you are going there for the first time. Even the roads are not giving you an indication that after the match you will be having an easier ride coming out of the Lubumbashi township.

"It becomes very difficult even for players. It may look like, 'hey guys, we may better not win this match because it looks like we may not come out of the stadium'. But the truth of the matter is that they are very friendly people. It is just that they always want to scare you before the match. 

"After the match, it is always a different story."

Mngqithi, however, believes the Premier Soccer League side, under Benni McCarthy, can perform against the former Champions League winners.

"So, if AmaZulu can understand that, I think it would help them because when we went there for the first time, we were not aware and it was a very scary situation. That time, the stadium was open and it was packed to capacity," he concluded.

"I believe AmaZulu have the capacity to come out with the result because Benni has done a good job."

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‘I’ve been waiting for this moment’ – Partey revels after first Arsenal goal

The 28-year-old Black Star ended his goal drought after notching the opener in the team’s comfortable win at Emirates Stadium

Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey revelled at ending his goal drought for the team after he scored in the 3-1 Premier League win against Aston Villa on Friday.

The 28-year-old Ghana international finally scored his first goal for the Gunners on his 40th appearance for the club in all competitions after he rose the highest to glance in a corner from Emile Smith Rowe in the 23rd minute of the top-flight game at Emirates Stadium.

Before the goal, Partey, who joined the Gunners from Atletico Madrid in July 2020, came close to scoring in the 20th minute but his effort rattled the woodwork and bounced back into play.

But three minutes later, he put Arsenal ahead and in the 45th minute, Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored from the penalty spot after Alexandre Lacazette was brought down in the box and Smith Rowe added the third in the 56th minute after a pass from Aubameyang.

Partey has dedicated the win to the fans by saying, as quoted by The Mirror: “The team knew what to do. We had to keep fighting and keep our intensity. In the end with the quality we have we are able to get results.

"All the team was frustrated and we wanted a win. That was the mentality we brought to this game today and we were able to get our result.

"I've been waiting for this moment for a long time. I think it was the right moment to have it and I'm very happy.

"The team performed very good. We have to do this every weekend and every game and with this, we can achieve beautiful things.

“They deserve it. they have been supporting us when we have been down and when things have gone bad. This win is for them and I hope they enjoy it.”

Meanwhile, when asked about Partey’s goal, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told the club’s official website: “Yes because he’s been chasing it for a long time, and he could have scored another two to be fair. I’m very happy for him, I think he enjoyed that moment in front of our supporters and I’m happy for him.”

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2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup Qualification: Host nations, dates, teams withdrawing and everything you need to know

India are placed in Group E of the qualifiers...

The 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualifiers is all set to get underway from October 25. The main event will be hosted in Uzbekistan from June 1 to 19, 2022. It will be the fifth edition of the biennial tournament which was established in 2013 as the AFC U-23 Championship. 

South Korea are the defending champions of the competition. It has been a highly competitive tournament as no nation has won the trophy twice.

How many teams are participating in the 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup Qualifiers?

A total of 42 teams will be competing in the qualifiers including hosts Uzbekistan. However, their results will not be taken into account when the group ranking will be decided. 

The 42 teams have been divided into 11 groups. 23 teams from West Asia, Central Asia and South Asia, were drawn into five groups of four and there is another group that has three participants. Meanwhile, 19 teams from ASEAN and East Asia were drawn into four groups of four and there is one group with three teams.

Why did North Korea and China pull out of the 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup Qualifiers?

North Korea did not want to take any risk due to the ongoing Covid-9 pandemic and hence, on July 29, they withdrew from the competition. China followed their footsteps and on October 11, they also announced their withdrawal. 

"Due to epidemic prevention and control regulations, flight restrictions and other reasons, the China U22 national football team will be unable to travel to Tajikistan as planned to participate in the AFC U23 Championship qualifiers. We have to withdraw from the games with regret," read a statement from the Chinese FA. 

Where will the 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup Qualifiers take place? 

The qualifiers will take place in 10 countries across Asia. Find the details in the table below. 

Name of the Group Stadium Country
Group A Khalifa International Stadium, Doha
Suheim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha
Qatar
Group B Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe Tajikistan
Group C Al Muharraq Stadium, Arad Bahrain
Group D Paxtakor Markaziy Stadion, Tashkent
Stadion Majmuasi, Tashkent
Uzbekistan
Group E Fujairah Stadium, Fujairah United Arab Emirates
Group F King Abdullah II Stadium, Amman Jordan
Group G Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe Tajikistan
Group H Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore Singapore
Group I Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek Kyrgyzstan
Group J MFF Football Centre, Ulaanbaatar Mongolia
Group K J-Village STadium, Hirono Japan

What is the format of the 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup Qualifiers?

Each team will play once against each other in the group. The 11 group-winners will directly qualify for the main event, while the four-best runners-up will also go through. 

However in Group G since there are only two teams in Australia and Indonesia, only the table topper will go through after playing each other twice. The second-place team will be eliminated. 

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2022 World Cup: Khalifa International Stadium to Al Thumama - How many stadiums have been launched?

Al Thumama Stadium becomes the sixth tounament-ready venue for the upcoming 2022 World Cup...
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Al Thumama stadium inaugurated - Qatar throws sixth 2022 World Cup-ready venue open

The venue was inaugurated in the presence of dignitories and fans who also witnessed the Amir Cup final...
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'A World Cup that celebrates Arab culture' - The spectacular Al Thumama stadium truly defines Qatar 2022

The brand-new Qatar 2022 venue is a shining example of what next year's World Cup is to the Arab region...

Yet another key milestone on the road to the 2022 World Cup was achieved by hosts Qatar on Friday when the Al Thumama stadium was thrown open to the world. The sixth tournament-ready venue for the World Cup next year was launched with the stadium hosting the Amir Cup final between Al Sadd and Al Rayyan. 

The brand new venue with a capacity of 40000 is equipped with state-of-the-art features including the revolutionary Advanced Cooling Tech and is nothing short of an engineering marvel. But in more than one way, the Al Thumama stadium is a shining symbol of what Qatar want the 2022 World Cup to represent.

Time and again, ever since Qatar won the hosting rights to the 2022 World Cup, they have reiterated that football's biggest tournament coming to the Middle-East is a win for the entire Arab region. 

Hassan Al Thawadi, the Secretary-General of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) – the organization responsible for delivering the World Cup in 2022 - has often stressed the fact that next year's World Cup will be one that celebrates the Arab culture and showcases their famous hospitality to the entire world. 

"This is a regional World Cup. If you look at the number of volunteers that have signed up and interested people in terms of attending events. By the end of 2021, we will be hosting the Arab Cup. All the Arab countries are participating. We continue to work to embrace the people of the region. The tournament is being held in Qatar, but it is first and foremost a regional tournament," he had stated last year

And that commitment to the region is truly defined in the intricate construction of the Al Thumama stadium. It is also one of the very few stadiums in the world that encapsulates its local culture. 

Situated 12km south of Doha, the Al Thumama stadium champions one of the biggest Arab symbols of dignity and independence.

The intricate patterns on the facade of the stadium represents the ' gahfiya ' - the traditional woven headcap worn by Arab men and boys. It is, indeed, a fundamental clothing item in the entire region and the Al Thumama is a fitting tribute to the pride and tradition of the region.

And the SC does not just envision Qatar 2022 as an event which brings together the entire region but also as a global event that where the world can learn about Arab culture and their famous hospitality. 

"For the fans, it will be a moment of bonding and celebration. They should be able to look at these memories with great joy. They should experience the region and who we are in our entirety, as people. Forgetting what they see in the news and the stereotypes that have unfortunately been embedded in people's minds. An opportunity for them to actually see us as a people. Very, very similar in many ways and different in other ways. But celebrate the differences and enjoy the similarities," Al Thawadi had stated earlier.

And the Al Thumama stadium is the perfect embodiment of that statement by the SC supremo. It is a monumental marvel where the world can celebrate its cultural differences with the Arab region while enjoying the similarities, ie, football - the beautiful game. 

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Transfer news and rumours LIVE: Liverpool chase Sterling reunion

Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and around the world
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Chelsea boss Tuchel claims he 'fell into a trap' in discussing Haaland transfer

The German previously suggested that the Blues held weekly talks over launching a transfer bid for the Borussia Dortmund star

Thomas Tuchel claims that he "fell into a trap" when he indicated that Chelsea regularly discussed a move for Erling Haaland.

The German previously suggested that the Blues held weekly talks over launching a transfer bid for the Borussia Dortmund star.

Speaking now however, the manager stated that his comments were meant to be tongue-in-cheek, but acknowledged that the context of his words likely gave the wrong impression in the end.

What has been said?

“I fell into a trap,” Tuchel said when reflecting on his words. “I got an award in Germany, an award from a newspaper. They gave me this award and asked me about a player.

“Normally I never, never speak about other players, because I simply never do. We were making more or less fun about it and I should have known better.

"Because in making fun about it and being a nice guy to answer a question [...] getting this award I joke about a double striker with Romelu [Lukaku} in October and it gets like we put an offer in. That was the context, but I should have known better.”

What were Tuchel's original comments?

Previously, the former Paris Saint-Germain boss indicated that Haaland was a priority target when discussing the matter with Bild following his aforementioned award.

“We talked about Erling Haaland a couple of times, including during the transfer window," he said. "But then it seemed absolutely unrealistic and not at all feasible.

“We talk about him regularly, of course, because he’s a fantastic player and clearly the defining figure at Dortmund, who is a big rival for us in the Champions League.”

The bigger picture

Given their success in the Champions League last term and their solid start to the new campaign, Chelsea could well be a destination for Haaland if he is to move elsewhere.

The Leeds-born Norway international is Dortmund's flagship figure following Jadon Sancho's exit, and the club will face a tough fight to keep him on their books long term.

Other European heavyweights will be in the fight to capture his signature however, setting a tough task for Tuchel to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

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Ghana star Partey scores first Arsenal goal in Premier League win over Aston Villa

The Black Stars midfielder ended his goal drought for the Gunners on his 40th appearance for the club in all competition

Thomas Partey opened his goal account for Arsenal in their 3-1 victory over Aston Villa in Friday’s Premier League outing.

The first-half goal made the 28-year-old the first Ghanaian to score for the Gunners in the Premier League and also makes the North London club the only side to score more goals through African players in the English top-flight (219 goals).

Meanwhile, only West Ham United (19 players) have more African scorers than Arsenal (14) in the competition.

Parety, who moved to the Emirates Stadium from Atletico Madrid in July 2020, came close to scoring earlier in the 20th minute but his effort struck the woodwork.

Two minutes later, the Ghana international put the hosts ahead by heading home Emile Smith-Rowe's cross from a corner-kick.

On the stroke of half-time, Mikel Arteta's side won a penalty after Alexandre Lacazette was brought down in the box.

Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stepped forward to take it but his strike was parried by goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and he followed it up to convert the rebound.

Arsenal cruised to a 2-0 lead at half-time and after the restart, Aubameyang linked up with Smith Rowe by assisting the England youth star to score their third goal in the 56th minute.

Arsenal held on to their lead but towards the end of the encounter, Jacob Ramsey reduced the deficit for Aston Villa by grabbing their consolation goal in the 82nd minute.

The result stretched the Gunners’ unbeaten streak to seven games as they are yet to lose a match since their 5-0 loss to Manchester City in August.

They are now ninth in the Premier League table with 14 points after nine games. Arteta's men will now shift their attention to Tuesday's League Cup fixture against Leeds United before they travel to Leicester City for their next league match on October 30.

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Salisu: Southampton defender Bednarek opens up on rivalry with Ghanaian

The Poland star has shed light on the stiff competition for places at centre-back for the Saints
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Leicester City manager Rodgers raves about Iheanacho and Daka’s form ahead of Brentford trip

The African stars linked up to help the Foxes fight back from a two-goal deficit and claim three points in Moscow on Wednesday

Leicester City are in a "great position" with the present form of forwards Kelechi Iheanacho, Patson Daka and Jamie Vardy, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

Zambia star Daka scored five goals in his last two games for the King Power Stadium outfit, which includes his four goals in a Uefa Europa League match while Nigeria’s Iheanacho has registered three assists in his last two outings.

The African stars’ combination helped Leicester City secure their first three points in the Europa League group stage this season with a 4-3 comeback win over Spartak Moscow on Wednesday.

After ending their four-game winless run in the Premier League against Manchester United last Saturday, Rodgers discussed the plethora of attacking options available for Leicester ahead of their trip to Brentford on Sunday.

"We’ve tried to manage the team and in particular our strikers," Rodgers told the club’s website. "Jamie, we're keeping him fresh in Premier League games and hoping he becomes more involved as we go into the latter stages of European competition if we’re lucky enough to do that.

"The freshness has kept him full of energy and full of goals in the Premier League. Kelechi is now a consistent performer. He can score goals and create goals and he works very, very hard.

"Patson was always one that we wanted to give that little bit of time to adapt to our way of working, our training, the league, and day in, day out, you see him become accustomed to that.

"Of course, he’s had an amazing week. He scored his first Premier League goal, the first Zambian player to score in the Premier League, and then to score four goals, it was an incredible individual achievement.

"We’re in a great position in that part of the field, whatever the combination is and however we want to work it. All three players are in great form and in a great place. We have so many games, you can’t tie just one or two players down to the position."

Leicester City are placed 11th in the Premier League after gathering 11 points from eight matches.

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