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FC Talking Points: Chelsea's chances, Rafa's future, transfers, Ballon d'Or

Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five burning questions on the ESPN FC radar.

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Chelsea kicked on to a 3-0 win against Crystal Palace on Sunday, which gives the Blues two wins, two draws and eight goals in the four matches since Guus Hiddink took over for Jose Mourinho. Still, Chelsea sit in 14th place in the table, some 13 points out of the Champions League places.

One day before Liverpool dropped a disappointing 2-0 result away to West Ham, former skipper Steven Gerrard hinted that 2016 might be his last season as a player and that he was ready to make an immediate transition into the coaching ranks.

Real Madrid underwhelmed in a 2-2 draw against Valencia. The draw put more pressure on Rafa Benitez and his team, who now have just two wins in their last six games away from the Santiago Bernabeu.

With the winter transfer window open, teams are starting to line up January reinforcements and the rumours are starting to swirl (see them all in our live Transfer Talk blog).

FIFA will announce its Ballon d'Or winner on Jan. 11. Barcelona teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar join Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo as the three finalists for the award.

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