What's trending: Jamie Vardy charged, Barca crisis, Balotelli's Liverpool snub
Here are the latest stories from Monday.
- Manager Claudio Ranieri has said Vardy "never dives" despite the striker being dismissed for simulation.
- The Foxes currently hold an eight-point advantage over Tottenham Hotspur with four games to play (Spurs have five games left), with Arsenal and Man City as rank outsiders.
- Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone invoked the spirit of late coach Luis Aragones after his side beat Granada 3-0 to reaffirm their title ambitions, saying they must "win, win and win'' if they are to overhaul leaders Barcelona.
BARCELONA: Despite falling to their fourth La Liga loss of the season in their 2-1 defeat at home to Valencia, Barcelona duo Ivan Rakitic and Gerard Pique are adamant that their team will come good in the end.
- Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said he remains confident his team can win the La Liga title despite their alarming slump continuing.
LIVERPOOL: On-loan AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has said he does not want to return to Liverpool at the end of the season. "What I want is certainly to stay at Milan," Balotelli said after his side's 1-0 win at Sampdoria on Sunday. "I was not happy at Liverpool and I do not want to go back there. I've been doing well in my last two games, there are another six for me to prove myself."
- The Reds face a second charge from UEFA after their fans let off fireworks in the second leg against Borussia Dortmund last week.
- Jurgen Klopp hailed striker Daniel Sturridge after a match-winning display in Liverpool's 2-1 win at Bournemouth.
- Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is considering his future at Anfield after dropping down the pecking order, a source close to the player has told ESPN FC.
- Guus Hiddink admits that some Chelsea players could be saving their energy for Euro 2016 after Manchester City ran out 3-0 winners at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
- Harry Kane says he is flattered to be compared to Alan Shearer by Sir Alex Ferguson but insists he wants to be his "own man."
- Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham are focused on doing "their job" against Stoke on Monday night after Leicester City stumbled in Sunday's 2-2 draw with West Ham.
WEST HAM: West Ham striker Andy Carroll has lambasted referee Jonathan Moss for an unacceptable performance, even accusing the official of trying to even things up by awarding Leicester a stoppage-time penalty.
- David Beckham could play again under his former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in a football legends' match planned for Sydney later this year.
- David De Gea has been taken aback by Marcus Rashford's emergence and hopes the "unbelievable" talent can make history at Manchester United.
- Arsene Wenger says the decision to move Alexis Sanchez to the right flank has helped the forward rediscover his best form for Arsenal.
- Wenger says he'll have to repair the "mental damage" to his players after the team's title chances faded with a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
- Villa chairman Steve Hollis says the club must bear the blame for an "unacceptably fractured" season which has led to their relegation from the Premier League.
- Aston Villa centre-back Joleon Lescott said that relegation to the Championship is a "weight off the shoulders" after his side's 1-0 defeat to Manchester United.
- England fans have been warned against buying unauthorised tickets and hospitality packages for the Euro 2016 finals in France, which could put their security at risk.
- Former Liverpool captain Steve McMahon says that England should adopt the spirit of Leicester City at June's Euro 2016 finals in France, with their minimum requirement being a semifinal appearance.
JUVENTUS: Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta has insisted that Paul Pogba will be going nowhere this summer. The Serie A club were able to convince Pogba, 23, to stay amid intense speculation of an exit at the end of last season.
DORTMUND: United States midfielder Christian Pulisic became the youngest ever non-German to score a Bundesliga goal as he opened his account for Borussia Dortmund in their 3-0 win against Hamburg on Sunday.
- Thomas Tuchel said he didn't believe that the Liverpool meltdown was still on his team's mind, while adding that he was impressed with the team's ability to forget about the loss and focus on the weekend task at hand.
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