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