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Barcelona's Sergio Busquets gives signed shirt to Betis coach Quique Setien, boss tipped for Camp Nou

Lionel Messi scored twice in his return from injury, but Real Betis netted four goals of their own to win 4-3, spoiling the Blaugrana star's return.
After Barcelona's home defeat to Real Betis, the FC crew examine the club's issues in the back, and Gab Marcotti questions their preparation.

After becoming the first coach to inflict a home defeat on Barcelona in 26 months, Real Betis manager Quique Setien's stock has never been higher.

With a reputation for prioritising attractive, attacking football, the word on the wire in Spain is that Setien may well end up plying his trade with Barca, and sooner rather than later.

Indeed, with Ernesto Valverde's future uncertain beyond the summer, there are some who believe the Catalans will make their move to bring the highly-regarded Betis boss...

Karim Benzema delivers dominant display, Alvaro Odriozola shines as Real Madrid win again

Karim Benzema scored a goal and forced an own-goal in Real Madrid's win over Celta Vigo, marking a fourth successive victory for Los Blancos.
Sid Lowe breaks down what Santiago Solari has done to get the best out of Real Madrid, with the club winning his first three matches in charge.

Santi Solari's fourth and final game as "interim" Real Madrid coach saw his side again nowhere near their fluid best, but battle through to a fourth consecutive win, with the 4-2 result mostly down to a tremendous centre-forward performance from Karim Benzema.

Positives

Benzema was just unstoppable tonight and easily the most decisive player on the pitch. Sergio Ramos showed he is becoming, somewhat surprisingly, a reliable penalty taker. Dani Ceballos filled in admirably in holding midfield and...

Lionel Messi stars in return but Marc-Andre ter Stegen's error costs Barcelona vs. Betis

Shaka Hislop unveils his latest club power rankings, then has to answer to the rest of the baffled FC crew.

Real Betis edged out Barcelona in a seven-goal thriller as they became the first team to win at Camp Nou in La Liga since Alaves over two years ago.

Junior Firpo and Joaquin helped Betis into a 2-0 lead at the break but a Lionel Messi penalty dragged the league leaders back into the game.

A rare error from Marc-Andre ter Stegen allowed Giovani Lo Celso to restore Betis' two-goal cushion before Arturo Vidal moved Barca back within one.

Sergio Canales wrapped up the three points for Betis in...

Manchester United not in top 10 of European fan club Power Rankings

Manchester United took on Liverpool in the 2018 International Champions Cup at the Michigan Stadium
Manchester United took on Liverpool in the 2018 International Champions Cup at the Michigan Stadium.

With global fan bases more important to big clubs than ever before -- as well as the revenue streams in lucrative foreign markets they bring, of course -- Europe's superpowers are all striving to rule the world.

Liverpool recently announced the welcome addition of 18 new official supporters' clubs dotted around the globe and there are now pockets of assembled Reds fans located in countries as diverse as the United States, Montenegro, Canada, Tanzania, China, Malaysia, Costa Rica and the Maldives...

It's too early to judge Ousmane Dembele, but he's already proving his doubters wrong

The Champions League groups are beginning to take shape ahead of Matchday 4. Paul Mariner and Mark Donaldson have their say as to who will come out on top.

What an astounding season Ousmane Dembele is enjoying at Barcelona. Critics vanquished, or on the run, he's using almost every important game to impose his mercurial quality and scoring or creating goals without which the Spanish champions would be looking vulnerable and in a tailspin.

You didn't realise? Come on. Pay attention.

The gamine French kid won Barcelona their first trophy this season with his sensational goal against Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup, but that was just the beginning...

Veterans Bale, Ramos struggle while youngsters Reguilon, Vinicius impress vs. Valladolid

Santiago Solari's first La Liga match in charge as caretaker manager of Real Madrid ended with a 2-0 victory over Real Valladolid.
Real Madrid's interim head coach, Santiago Solari, was pleased with their comfortable 4-0 win over UD Melilla.

Santiago Solari's first league game as interim Real Madrid manager was not that different from the end of predecessor Julen Lopetegui's sorry spell in charge -- but this time fortune was on Los Blancos' side as a late Kiko own goal and a Sergio Ramos penalty brought a 2-0 win.

Positives

Twenty-one-year-old left-back Sergio Reguilon was very impressive and 18-year-old starlet Vinicius Junior made a big, if fortunate, impact off the bench. But most importantly, luck which deserted previous coach...