Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has acknowledged England left-back Luke Shaw is enduring a testing period in his Old Trafford career due to illness and injury.
Shaw, 21, spent most of last season recovering from a double leg break sustained in September 2015 and has made only 12 starts since Mourinho succeeded Louis van Gaal in the close season.
Oyem (Gabon) (AFP) Reigning champions the Ivory Coast will need to beat the Morocco of their former coach Herve Renard to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after a second draw in as many games on Friday.
The Ivorians had to come from behind twice to draw 2-2 with DR Congo in Oyem in the day's early game with Wilfried Bony and Geoffrey Serey Die getting their goals.
Berlin (AFP) Robert Lewandowski's 91st-minute strike snatched victory for Bayern Munich in their 2-1 comeback win at Freiburg in sub-zero temperatures on Friday as the Bundesliga resumed after the winter break.
Lewandowski, last season's top scorer in Germany, showed his class with two superb strikes at Freiburg's sold-out Schwarzwald Stadion.
Oyem (Gabon) (AFP) Herve Renard's Morocco came roaring back from behind to beat Togo 3-1 in Oyem on Friday and breathe life into their Africa Cup of Nations bid.
In front of a sparse crowd, Mathieu Dossevi had given Togo an early lead in northern Gabon, but goals from Aziz Bouhaddouz and Romain Saiss had the Atlas Lions in front before the midway point in the first half.
Second-place Tottenham visit fifth-place Manchester City this Saturday, Jan. 21, at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and NBC UNIVERSO, highlighting NBC Sports Group's Premier League coverage this week. Spurs are on a six-match winning streak in the league, most recently defeating West Bromwich Albion 4-0 with a hat trick from Harry Kane.
In recent years, Manchester City's Vincent Kompany and Chelsea's John Terry have dominated most debates on who is the best center back in England's top flight. After all, Kompany has landed in the PFA Team of the Year three times since his arrival to the blue side of Manchester, and Terry made four appearances in the aforementioned team over the years.
London (AFP) Chelsea will bid to put the Diego Costa crisis behind them when the Premier League leaders host Hull, while title chasing Tottenham aim to maintain their hot streak at troubled Manchester City on Saturday.
Blues striker Costa reportedly clashed with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte last week over the club's treatment of his back injury.