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Krzysztof Piatek's scoring spree continues to top Player Power Rankings

Paul Mariner and Alejandro Moreno explain how courage has helped Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek quickly become one of the best scorers in Serie A.
Two more goals from Krzysztof Piatek helped Milan pick up a big win against regional rivals Atalanta in the race for fourth in Serie A.

When you score four goals in three games since joining your new club, you're bound to attract attention -- and top our Player Power Rankings. Our global editors pick their top 10 performers from the weekend.

Also receiving votes: Dusan Tadic (Ajax), Sardor Rashidov (Nacional).

Let us know what you think of the countdown by commenting on Twitter using #ESPNFCrankings.

Photo story: Landon Donovan's indoor soccer debut with San Diego Sockers

Landon Donovan, left, battles with Cory Keitz of the Tacoma Stars.

SAN DIEGO -- The play was vintage Landon Donovan. A right-footed pass took three defenders and the goalkeeper out of the play, allowing a teammate to score at the far post. The crowd roared, his teammates celebrated.

At which point, one could not help but notice the surroundings. The venue was not Dignity Health Sports Park, the renamed home of Donovan's beloved LA Galaxy. Nor was it any of the World Cup venues he has graced over the years. Rather, it was the 62-year-old Pechanga Arena -- formerly...

For Liverpool and Man City, beating the 'low block' could be decisive in tight title race

Despite Manchester City's strong run of form, ESPN FC's Paul Mariner explains why Liverpool remain his favourites to win the Premier League title.

The 2018-19 Premier League season offers the most intriguing title battle in many years, yet unfortunately, we won't witness a genuine title-decider between Liverpool and Manchester City. The two contenders have already played each other twice -- a boring goalless draw at Anfield early in the season, and then a 2-1 City win at the start of January.

Instead, the title might be decided by which team is better at breaking down minnows who are deploying a low block.

The phrase "low block" has...

 By Shaka Hislop

Power Rankings: Man City stay on top as Juve, PSG climb, Barcelona fall

Shaka Hislop reveals his latest power rankings which see Manchester City keep hold of the top spot and Manchester United drop out.
Craig Burley breaks down how Manchester City were able to stretch N'Golo Kane, Ross Barkley and Jorghino, allowing their star play makers to run rampant.

Manchester City remained on top of the heap after torching Chelsea, while Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain climbed up this week's edition of Shaka Hislop's Power Rankings.

Dropping out: PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United

Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV.

Scholes unveiled at Oldham: 'It might be the biggest mistake of my life or the best thing I ever did'

The Exploding Heads bring you all the happenings from the Premier League weekend, plus a bonus Valentine's Day message from Cristiano Ronaldo!
Paul Scholes is excited to finally get into football management, though he faces a serious challenge at his local club, Oldham.

OLDHAM, England -- When Manchester United last played a European home game, in November against Young Boys, a horrified Paul Scholes watched from the television studio and, as usual, didn't mince his words.

"It's always 'I,' isn't it?" he said of Jose Mourinho's post match interview after a difficult 1-0 win. "I won the Champions League. I won the Europa League.' Last time I looked football was a team game."

Scholes was critical of both United's football and Mourinho's tactics at the time....

 By Simon Kuper

Tuchel's moment of truth: Can PSG beat Manchester United without Neymar, Cavani?

Sometimes Thomas Tuchel concentrates so hard that he can't see a person standing a yard beside him. He must feel like that this week.

On Tuesday, the giant, obsessive manager sends his weakened, Neymar-less Paris Saint-Germain side out against a resurgent Manchester United. If PSG wins, the club remains on track for its last remaining obsession and, frankly, almost the sole point of its existence these days: its first-ever Champions League trophy. (So dominant is Paris at home that nobody is excited...