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Diego Costa must respond to criticism

 By Phil Lythell

Diego Costa must respond to Jose Mourinho criticism with return to form

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol believes that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho must punish Costa in some way to maintain order at the club.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop doesn't think Chelsea played all that well against Tottenham, even though Spurs are a strong side.

Over the course of the 2014-15 title-winning campaign, Diego Costa established himself as a bona fide cult hero in the eyes of the Chelsea faithful. The feisty striker with an unerring eye for goal had finally filled the striking void left by Didier Drogba's initial departure, and Coasta succeeded in a pugnacious style that left opponents fuming and Blues fans purring.

Combative, energetic, relentless, confrontational and ruthless, Costa was a striker made in his manager's image. Like Jose Mourinho,...

Lambert, Fletcher and Evans stepped up when West Brom needed them

Tony Pulis applauds Ricky Lambert who came off the bench to rescue a point for West Brom in their 1-1 draw against West Ham
West Ham United took the lead via a moment of Brilliance from Mauro Zarate, but West Bromwich Albion managed to level.
Tony Pulis invites young fans to join him at the podium in the press conference after West Brom's 1-1 draw against West Ham

West Brom's 1-1 draw with West Ham at Upton Park owed much to a trio of experienced players who helped to lead a second half revival after a torrid first 45 minutes, in which Tony Pulis' side were lucky to only be one goal down.

The majority of the plaudits will go to Rickie Lambert, whose shot deflected in off Winston Reid for West Brom's leveller. The former Liverpool man certainly made a positive impact having been brought on at half time by Pulis.

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It was clear that the manager wanted to play...

 By Andy Mitten

'Deutscher Fußballmeister' Bastian Schweinsteiger impresses at United

The ESPN FC crew discuss Manchester United's performance against Leicester City
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner was unimpressed with Man United during their 1-1 draw at Leicester City.

Amid the swirl of conjecture about how dull Manchester United are to watch at present, there are still some bright spots to pick from each game.

Either side of a limp team display against PSV Eindhoven last week, Bastian Schweinsteiger had reason to be satisfied after a week in which he inspired one win and then, seven days later, scored his first United goal.

With United trailing at Leicester to another Jamie Vardy goal, Schweinsteiger lost marker Shinji Okazaki at a corner and headed in a 45th...

Andre-Pierre Gignac heats up, Julio Furch fades: Liga MX playoffs hot list

Gignac has been a revelation since moving to Liga MX and his goals are pushing Tigres through the playoffs.

Only America, Toluca, Pumas and Tigres are left to battle it out for the 2015 Apertura title. But before moving on to the Liguilla semifinals, let's first take a look back at some of the best and worst individual performances from the quarterfinal matches.

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Andre-Pierre Gignac, FW, Tigres

Why he's here: Gignac continues to be the difference-maker for Tigres. The striker scored twice for Los Auriazules and was the attacking catalyst in both of the victories against Chiapas. With...

New York, Dallas will return stronger after conference final heartbreak

Relive the best moments from the conference final second legs as Portland and Columbus booked their MLS Cup final spots.

Heading into Major League Soccer's Decision Day more than a month ago, both the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas had a shot at the Supporters' Shield -- New York won the trophy on goal differential. Now, in the week building up to MLS Cup, both must watch from home. Graham Parker explains where things went wrong for MLS's two best regular-season clubs from 2015.

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There was a telling moment at the New York Red Bulls' end-of-season media availability Monday morning. After sporting...

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang beats Neymar, tops Player Power Rankings

Alexis Nunes sits down with ESPN FC's Craig Burley to get his take on this week's top performers.

Each week, ESPN FC's worldwide editorial desks nominate their top 10 performers from the weekend action and the results are collated into a final Player Power Rankings countdown.

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

1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) 

Two goals at the weekend vs. Stuttgart took his season total to a remarkable 22 in all competitions. If such a tally at this point of the season is not impressive...