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Weekend numbers: Lionel Messi's free-kick record, Romelu Lukaku ends home rut

Craig Burley was surprised to not see a reaction from Manchester City to N'Golo Kanté's first-half goal, in Chelsea's 2-0 win over the title-holders.
Gabriele Marcotti outlines Lucien Favre's tactics in Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 win over Schalke.
Craig Burley and Adrian Healy breakdown Manchester United's thrashing of Fulham and Jose Mourinho's cryptic comments after the match.
Pep Guardiola insists anyone can win the Premier League title and there is no favourite after Man City's loss to Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho praised Paul Pogba and outlined what he needs to do to get back into the starting XI.
Jurgen Klopp insists he isn't surprised by Mohamed Salah's desire to score after he stayed on his feet during Liverpool's second goal.
Mauricio Pochettino has immediately switched his focus to Barcelona after Tottenham's 2-0 win in the Premier League over Leicester.
Niko Kovac admits Borussia Dortmund would have to make mistakes in order for Bayern Munich to win the Bundesliga title.
Jose Mourinho feels Man United fans cannot point the finger at any of his players following their 4-1 win over Fulham.
Maurizio Sarri was quick to rule out Chelsea's title chances after their victory over Manchester City.
Jose Mourinho jokingly suggested Man United were trying to save money for January after he found no water at his press conference.

Chelsea stunning Manchester City and Liverpool thrashing Bournemouth to go top have made the Premier League title race exciting again. In Spain, Lionel Messi eviscerated Espanyol with a display of supreme skill, while in Italy, Juventus continued their remorseless march to an eighth straight scudetto with a 1-0 win over Inter. Here are the best numbers from an action-packed weekend of football.


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Here's a ridiculous Messi stat: Messi has more free-kick goals over the last four La Liga seasons (15)...

The Premier League has a title race; can Man City handle the pressure?

Chelsea handed Manchester City their first league defeat of the season overpowering the league leaders at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea handed Manchester City their first league defeat of the season overpowering the league leaders at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea handed Manchester City their first league defeat of the season overpowering the league leaders at Stamford Bridge.
Craig Burley was surprised to not see a reaction from Manchester City to N'Golo Kanté's first-half goal, in Chelsea's 2-0 win over the title-holders.

LONDON -- Pressure, heat of battle, mind games: they are all key elements of every title battle -- apart from when a team wins the Premier League by 19 points and leaves the rest trailing in their wake.

Manchester City were so utterly dominant last season that the usual rules of engagement did not apply to Pep Guardiola's team. Indeed, such was City's brilliance that the "race" for the finish line became more a procession rather than an examination of their credentials.

But after Chelsea's 2-0 victory...

David Silva, Riyad Mahrez struggle as Man City endure rare off-day

Chelsea handed Manchester City their first league defeat of the season overpowering the league leaders at Stamford Bridge.

LONDON -- Manchester City were knocked off the top of the Premier League table as their unbeaten run came to an end with a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea. Pep Guardiola's side were on top until N'Golo Kante smashed in the opener just before half-time. David Luiz headed in a second in the 78th minute to end any hope City had of snatching a point.

Positives

City have played the rest of the top five away from home and will not expect many tougher trips. In each of their four games against their rivals, they...

Manchester City surrender unbeaten record, Premier League lead at Chelsea

Chelsea handed Manchester City their first league defeat of the season overpowering the league leaders at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea handed Manchester City their first league defeat of the season overpowering the league leaders at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea handed Manchester City their first league defeat of the season overpowering the league leaders at Stamford Bridge.
Maurizio Sarri was quick to rule out Chelsea's title chances after their victory over Manchester City.
Craig Burley was surprised to not see a reaction from Manchester City to N'Golo Kanté's first-half goal, in Chelsea's 2-0 win over the title-holders.

LONDON -- Three points from Chelsea's 2-0 Premier League win over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

1. City surrender unbeaten record at Chelsea

Manchester City suffered their first Premier League defeat of the season and surrendered top spot in the table to Liverpool after losing 2-0 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

N'Golo Kante's 44th-minute strike and David Luiz's 78th-minute header secured Maurizio Sarri's first-ever victory over a team managed by Pep Guardiola.

But while...

N'Golo Kante, Cesar Azpilicueta star for Chelsea in statement victory against Manchester City

Chelsea handed Manchester City their first league defeat of the season overpowering the league leaders at Stamford Bridge.

LONDON -- Manchester City were handed their first Premier League defeat of the season at Stamford Bridge as goals in each half from N'Golo Kante and David Luiz gave Maurizio Sarri a timely statement victory after a poor recent run of form -- as well as a much-needed vindication of his philosophy.

Positives

Chelsea showed great resilience to weather the early storm of City's suffocating pressing, took their chances when they arrived and, once ahead, played with the courage and identity that Sarri...

Lucas Torreira 8/10 as Arsenal win late vs. Huddersfield but Emery gets a 4/10

Arsenal maintain their unbeaten run after an acrobatic finish from Lucas Torreira.

Lucas Torreira's late acrobatic winner gave Arsenal a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Huddersfield to take their unbeaten streak to 21 games.

It was a closely contested game, with a total of nine yellow cards but few clear-cut scoring chances as Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette missed a decent effort each in the first half, while Torreira nearly scored with a curling long-range strike before the break.

Torreira broke the deadlock late on when he met a cross from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, leaping...