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Ex-Barca coach Ernesto Valverde prefers Australia to Premier League

Shaka Hislop has both Spanish giants back in his Power Rankings this week.
Julien Laurens cannot help but feel sad for Ousmane Dembele who is set to miss the rest of the season with injury.
Steve Nicol looks at the options for Barcelona in looking for reinforcements outside the transfer window.

Former Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has said he would prefer a move to the Australian A-League rather than the Premier League.

Valverde, who won two La Liga titles and a Copa del Rey during his two full seasons at Camp Nou, was sacked in January.

And, despite his impressive trophy-haul in recent seasons, he said he is open to looking outside the top leagues when it comes to making his next managerial move.

"People ask me sometimes: 'How about the Premier League?' and I say: 'Well actually...

Liverpool and Premier League players dominate FIFA 20 team of the year

Gab Marcotti and Shaka Hislop believe Barcelona are dangerously overreliant on Lionel Messi.
Gab Marcotti explains how Liverpool could give Chelsea a boost in the FA Cup.

Liverpool dominated the FIFA 20 team of the year with five of the starting XI, while there were seven players in total from the Premier League.

European champions Liverpool had the highest player representation with Alisson, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane included.

Two other Premier League players also made the list in Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne and Chelsea's N'Golo Kante.

Only four players from outside the Premier League were nominated with...

Weekend numbers: Smalling level with Beckham, Mourinho's perfect start

Craig Burley feels Jose Mourinho will get the most out of Tottenham based on the players' effort vs. West Ham.
Julien Laurens says Arsenal's board is still backing Unai Emery, but unhappiness is mounting at the club.
Julien Laurens and Craig Burley think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is safe at Old Trafford for at least this season.
Julien Laurens says he can't watch Barcelona play anymore and it's Ernesto Valverde's fault.
Julien Laurens says Neymar's early substitution was planned and his performance led to his frustration.

After an eventful international break, club football made its comeback with some quality games around Europe. Here are the best numbers from the weekend's action.


PREMIER LEAGUE

Manchester City saw off a battling Chelsea, Jose Mourinho started his Tottenham reign with a win, Man United played out an absolute thriller against Sheffield, and Arsenal eked out a draw at home against Southampton. And Liverpool won, of course.

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José Mourinho lost his first ever competitive game as manager, with...

By the numbers - Messi ties Ronaldo at 34; Guardiola hits historic low at 25

In the last weekend before we head into the November international break, club football once again delivered, throwing up some scarcely believable numbers. 

PREMIER LEAGUE

Leicester City dismissed a beleaguered Arsenal, while Sheffield United overcame VAR and doubters to draw at Spurs and go into the international break in fifth place. Manchester United, meanwhile, beat Brighton to, er... brighten up their mood ahead of the break.

The match of the weekend, though, saw Liverpool beat Manchester...