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Weekend numbers: Messi's 43rd hat trick for Barcelona; Ronaldo gets Juve's 5000th

The FC crew answer your tweets on Liverpool's chances of winning the Premier League, Jose Mourinho's ability to manage a top side again and more.
Are too many Liverpool stars excluded from Gab Marcotti's Premier League team of the weekend after their win over Manchester United?
Gab Marcotti believes the personality issue between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho is merely the Man United manager's attempt to create a scapegoat.
Manchester United's Jose Mourinho believes he can still reach the top four in the second half of the season despite trailing fourth-placed Chelsea by 11 points.
Following Manchester United's resounding defeat at Liverpool, Craig Burley slams the club's lack of leadership, from the boardroom to the pitch.
Jose Mourinho was happy with his team selection and has no regrets about not playing Paul Pogba
Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp rated the 3-1 win over Manchester United as one of the best performances he has seen since he has been at the club as he reflected on what he called a perfect night.
Jose Mourinho did not appreciate getting asked if he has the backing of the dressing room following Manchester United's loss to Liverpool.
Chelsea's Mauricio Sarri admitted that Eden Hazard's injury is not a serious one and that he was substituted as a precaution during their win over Brighton.
With Liverpool getting their first league win over Manchester United since 2014, FC's Shaka Hislop examines the gulf in class between the two sides.
Alexis Nunes and Shaka Hislop break down Arsenal's surprising loss to Southampton, and determine if more defensive struggles are on the horizon for the Gunners.

Liverpool went back to the top of the Premier League table with an emphatic 3-1 win over Manchester United, while Cristiano Ronaldo helped Juventus to yet another milestone with a goal in their 1-0 derby win against Torino. Meanwhile, Lionel Messi did Lionel Messi things (scored three, assisted two) as Barcelona thrashed Levante 5-0. Here are the best numbers from the weekend's action:


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Lionel Messi is the first player to reach double figures for both goals (14) and assists (10) in the top...

Eden Hazard earns 8/10 as Chelsea's false No. 9 in win over Brighton

Eden Hazard assisted the first and scored the second goal for Chelsea as the Blues escape Brighton with all three points.

BRIGHTON -- Chelsea survived a late Brighton rally to emerge from the Amex Stadium with a 2-1 victory that moved them clear of Arsenal into fourth place in the Premier League, thanks to goals from Pedro Rodriguez and Eden Hazard.

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Hazard's masterful performance for more than an hour in the false No. 9 role will only embolden those who believe he can succeed as the focal point in Maurizio Sarri's system. Chelsea also showed good resilience to withstand a late Brighton barrage after being...

Giroud earns 7/10 for coming off the bench to salvage Chelsea draw at Vidi

Olivier Giroud scores from a free kick in Chelsea's Europa League draw at Vidi.
Olivier Giroud's superb free kick secured Chelsea a Europa League draw at Vidi.

Chelsea's flawless record in this season's Europa League group stage came to an end in Budapest on Thursday as Vidi held them to a lively 2-2 draw at Groupama Arena, but they remain unbeaten. Olivier Giroud's spectacular free kick rescued a point for the visitors after an own goal from Ethan Ampadu and sensational volley from Loic Nego had erased Willian's dead-ball strike in the first half.

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With their passage to the knockout stage as group winners already assured, this was all about...

Where could Pulisic land in January: Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United or Bayern?

Steve Nicol has his say on where Christian Pulisic is most likely to go should he leave Borussia Dortmund this campaign.
Raf Honigstein explains why he feels Christian Pulisic still has more to prove at Dortmund before making a big-money move elsewhere in Europe.

"We will not sell a player in winter who's essential to us achieving our sporting aims, of course," Borussia Dortmund's Michael Zorc told Sport-Bild in relation to Christian Pulisic this week. "I strongly expect Christian to be wearing the BVB shirt in February," the sporting director added.

The league leaders' overriding concern is to ensure that the squad stays strong and deep for the second half of a campaign that promises to deliver a championship for the first time since 2012. At the same...

Chelsea's 2012 Champions League commemorative jersey unveiled to unfavourable reviews

Chelsea won the 2012 Champions League over Bayern Munich but the new commemorative jersey has not fared so well on social media.
Chelsea won the 2012 Champions League over Bayern Munich but the new commemorative jersey for that occasion has not fared as well on social media.

Nike have unveiled a special '"Shirtholder's edition" Chelsea shirt to commemorate the club's 2012 Champions League triumph -- and it's fair to say that it has not been well received.

The shirt, which was designed in consultation with supporters who bought the club's light blue third kit, is being marketed as the first-ever fan jersey designed by fans. 

It features a heavily textured blue and purple pattern punctuated by two bold orange horizontal hoops, while "19/05" is included in large...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Chelsea's Alvaro Morata offers himself to Barcelona

Stevie Nicol weighs in on the latest transfer rumours including Marcus Rashford or Alvaro Morata to Milan, Miguel Almiron to Newcastle and more.

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs might be closed, but they are still working tirelessly behind the scenes to line up the arrival of their next star. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world's media to see who could be heading to your club when Jan. 1 arrives.

TOP STORY: Morata offers himself to Barcelona

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has offered his services to Barcelona ahead of the summer transfer window, according RAC1. That should go down well with fans of his former club Real...