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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...

 By Tony Evans

Arsene Wenger unfairly criticised for playing Alexis Sanchez

Despite Alexis Sanchez picking up an apparent injury, Arsene Wenger insists he was not wrong to play him.

How could Arsene Wenger be so stupid? As Alexis Sanchez hobbled down the tunnel at Carrow Road on Sunday, any optimism surrounding Arsenal's prospects for the season seemed to disappear with him.

Sanchez suffered a hamstring injury during the 1-1 draw with Norwich City and faces a layoff at a crucial point in the season. The forward is unlikely to be fit for next week's Champions League Group F match against Olympiakos, a game Arsenal need to win by two goals to qualify for the knockout phase of...

Five players to watch as Liguilla playoffs continue

Dario Benedetto's switch from scorer to provider has really helped America navigate the playoffs so far.

Now that the final four of the Liguilla -- Toluca, America, Tigres and Pumas -- has been settled, it's time to take a look at that quartet of teams and discern which of them has what it takes to raise a championship trophy. Since squads are composed of players, however, it's really about taking a closer look at which players have what it takes to lead their team to the next level.

Here are five who have the talent and skill to make a key difference for their clubs.

Dario Benedetto, FW, Club...

 By Max Hicks

Swansea are in crisis as Garry Monk's trusted players lose at Liverpool

A handball from Swansea cost them the game, giving Liverpool a penalty that decided the match.
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner talks about the influence Jurgen Klopp is having on a Liverpool club that is suddenly on the rise.
Jurgen Klopp says he's unconcerned with the narrow margin Liverpool's win over Swansea, and believes his side is improving.
Garry Monk could feel the frustration at Anfield because of how well his side played, despite losing 1-0 to Liverpool.

Swansea's defeat away to Liverpool on Sunday seemed inevitable, but the close 1-0 scoreline was a surprise. However much of a small victory that result might seem, it was still the worst possible outcome for those fans looking for a swift resolution to the Swans' crisis.

Had the team been humiliated the way Liverpool demolished Manchester City 4-1 in their last league game, then Swansea might be looking for a new manager and there would at least be a sense of progress. A draw, or even a first-ever...

Can Mourinho inspire Costa's best? Plus: brilliant Barca, Arsenal injuries

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol believes that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho must punish Costa in some way to maintain order at the club.

Jose Mourinho once told me that managing people required a bespoke approach.

"If John Terry has a bad game, I can get in his face and shout at him and call him a f------ ------- and tell him he let everyone down; the fans, the players, the club," said Mourinho. "And I know that if I do that, I'll get the right response and he'll come back stronger. But if I talk to, say, William Gallas that way after a bad game, it will backfire. I might lose him. He might withdraw. With Gallas, I need to put my...

 By Jason Davis

How Columbus Crew SC and the Portland Timbers reached MLS Cup

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

This is the MLS Cup final the soccer gods have given us in this, the 20th season: Columbus Crew SC hosting the Portland Timbers. While each team earned their way to the title game, the story of their arrival in the season finale with a trophy on the line is dripping with fate.

Both teams can thank posts for saving them from early playoff exits. Portland squeaked by Sporting Kansas City way back in the Western Conference knockout round, in a game decided by a penalty shootout that involved Saad...