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Tottenham's defeat at Southampton a reality check about their limitations

SOUTHAMPTON, England -- Losing to Burnley was concerning, and being defeated by Chelsea was troubling. This loss, to Southampton, means Tottenham can officially panic.

The past few weeks have seen two Tottenhams. One version flexes aside Borussia Dortmund, barely breaking a sweat in the process. The other capitulates to teams either scrambling to preserve their place in the Premier League or in mid-table disarray. Much like the U.K. as a whole, Tottenham seem to be much better off in Europe.

Saturday's...

Chelsea's lack of firepower their downfall in scoreless draw vs. Saints

LONDON -- Three quick thoughts from Chelsea's 0-0 Premier League draw against Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

1. Chelsea's lack of firepower evident vs. Saints

It is almost a month since that memorable night at Stamford Bridge when Chelsea dealt the blow that precipitated Manchester City's festive crisis. It was also the last time they won a match by more than one goal, and Southampton exposed their crippling lack of firepower again on Wednesday.

Alvaro Morata, restored to...

Man City stop the bleeding at Southampton but suspect defence remains a concern

Manchester City were given early worries, but returned to winning ways with a 1-3 rout of Southampton at St Mary's.

SOUTHAMPTON, England -- Three points from St Mary's on Man City's 3-1 win over Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday.

1. City rediscover their identity, get back in the winner's circle

The sign that Manchester City had rediscovered something like their best came in the 19th minute of this 3-1 win over Southampton. Ederson received the ball under pressure in his 6-yard box and with the casual air of a man taking a Sunday afternoon stroll, he played a delicate short pass to Oleksandr Zinchenko,...

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

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...

Arsenal's 22-game unbeaten run ends with defensive lapses at Southampton

A Danny Ings brace and a late Charlie Austin winner helped Southampton triumph over Arsenal, ending the Gunner's four-month unbeaten run.

SOUTHAMPTON, England -- Three thoughts on Southampton's 3-2 win over Arsenal in the Premier League.

1. Saints stun Arsenal to end unbeaten run

There should not be any panic for Arsenal, given this was their first defeat since August, and their first to a team not called Manchester City or Chelsea.

But defeat it was and to a side in real danger of relegation who, at times, have looked a hopeless cause. A brace from Danny Ings and a late clincher from Charlie Austin gave the crowd at St Mary's the...

Man United battle back to salvage a draw, but fail to put Saints to the sword

Man United fought back from two goals down in a chaotic first-half but fizzled out in an uneventful second period at St Mary's.

MANCHESTER, England -- Three quick thoughts from Southampton's 2-2 Premier League draw with Manchester United at St. Mary's on Saturday.

1. United come back to earn point on mixed night

On the one hand, this was a point gained for Manchester United after a disastrous start against relegation-threatened Southampton. On the other, it does not seem enough that, having dug themselves out of a hole, they rarely threatened to swing the match decisively in their favour. Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera...