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European roundup: Festive joy for Leicester, Real on fire

European roundup: Festive joy for Leicester, Real on fire

LONDON (Reuters) – Shock leaders Leicester City are certain to go into Christmas at the top of the table in England while champions Chelsea began the post-Jose Mourinho era with a 3-1 home win over Sunderland.

Bayern Munich, who announced Carlo Ancelotti would be replacing Pep Guardiola as coach in the summer, enter the Bundesliga’s winter break with an eight-point lead. Real Madrid crushed nine-man Rayo Vallecano 10-2 to close the gap on joint leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in Spain.

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Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City, bottom of the Premier League a year ago, will go into Christmas as leaders whatever happens in Monday’s meeting of the two teams just below them, Arsenal and Manchester City.

A 3-2 win at Everton was Leicester’s seventh victory in eight games on Saturday, the same day as champions Chelsea began the post-Jose Mourinho era with a 3-1 triumph over Sunderland at Stamford Bridge.

Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat by struggling Norwich City, losing their place in the top four to Tottenham Hotspur who won 2-0 at Southampton.

On Sunday, Liverpool slumped to a 3-0 defeat by Watford who stayed above them in seventh place following a fourth successive win.

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