Briefly.co.za previewed the key European football fixtures on Friday and it was an eventful weekend of matches. We now delve into the key stats behind the results.
El Pistolero steps up in Messi’s absence
Luis Suárez became the first player to score a hat-trick in El Clásico. Lionel Messi was the last person to do so in 2014.
Liverpool are genuine title contenders
Liverpool have won 26 points from their opening ten Premier League fixtures this season (W8 D2 L0), which equals their best ever start to a campaign. However, they finished 2nd the last time this was achieved under manager, Rafa Benitez.
The teenager that can’t stop scoring
Kylian Mbappé is the first player to score ten goals in any of Europe’s top five leagues this season.
Tiki taka is not dead
The build-up to Philippe Coutinho’s goal for Barcelona against Real Madrid included no less than 30 passes – the most of any Clásico goal since 2006.
New manager but same results
Monaco haven’t won in their last ten Ligue 1 games, their worst run since 1986. They may yet beat that streak of 13 winless matches.
Troublesome times for the magpies
Newcastle are winless in their opening ten matches of the league season, last doing so 120 years ago. Supporters feel owner, Mike Ashley, is to blame rather than manager, Rafa Benitez.
Since the start of the 2014-15 season, only Jamie Vardy (13) has won more penalties in the Premier League than Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha (11). Manchester City’s, Raheem Sterling, has 11 as well.
Shipping in goals
Fulham haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their 10 opening fixtures this season – the only side with such a poor defensive record.
Barkley finding his mojo at Chelsea
Ross Barkley has scored in every one of his last three Premier League matches – Frank Lampard was the last Englishman to achieve this for Chelsea in 2013.
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