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Sources: Man City's Laporte in fitness race for Real Madrid return

Man City and Lyon record wins against Real Madrid and Juve respectively to finish the round of 16 first legs.
Craig Burley and Alejandro Moreno question if Man City's approach against Real Madrid was too conservative.
Alejandro Moreno says Real Madrid's issues came to the forefront against Man City in a 2-1 home loss.
Zinedine Zidane believes Real Madrid played well for 80 minutes but mistakes ended up costing them.

Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte is facing a race to be fit for the return Champions League clash with Real Madrid, sources have told ESPN.

The centre-back lasted just half an hour of the first leg in the Bernabeu before limping off with a hamstring injury. City came from behind to win 2-1 to put themselves in pole position to qualify for the quarterfinals but manager Pep Guardiola is sweating on the fitness of Laporte.

The 25-year-old is set to undergo more tests on Friday to determine...

FIFA set to limit number of international loans clubs can make

The FC guys say VAR is what needs to be fixed, not the offside law.

Restrictions on the international loan of players are set to come into force in July as part of a wide-ranging reform of the transfer system, FIFA said on Thursday.

The global soccer body said it would also establish a new system of so-called "training compensation" for ensuring that clubs receive a fair slice of the cake when players they develop leave at a young age and are involved in expensive transfers later in their careers.

FIFA said that a meeting of its stakeholders committee -- featuring...

How Firmino and Salah, Sterling and De Bruyne rank among best duos in soccer when it comes to chemistry

Duos are dying. Back when everyone played a 4-4-2, there were pairs everywhere. You had two centerbacks, wingers and full-backs, two midfielders and two strikers. The treble-winning Manchester United side of 1998-99 played Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole up front, and they combined for 52 goals across all competitions. A few years later, Arsenal went undefeated in the Premier League with Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp playing together up top. There are some recent exceptions -- see: Daniel Sturridge...