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Chelsea's win over Man City says a lot about Sarri. PLUS: Sterling stands up, River claim Copa Lib

Manchester City's first league defeat of the campaign probably says more about their opponents, Chelsea, than it does Guardiola's crew. Without Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Benjamin Mendy, they marched into Stamford Bridge and dominated the first half, only to be punished by Eden Hazard's quick thinking, N'Golo Kante's finish and Leroy Sane's brief daydream. The goal allowed Chelsea to tighten up further and play on the counter even more; they added a second through a David Luiz header later...

Late goals, controversial calls and bad blood: Why you should watch Juventus vs. Inter

Juventus have won seven straight Serie A titles and appear well-placed for an eighth, but on Friday they welcome rivals Inter Milan to town for what promises to be an intense battle. Inter are back on the right track after years of midtable difficulties and are currently third. The Derby d'Italia is one of Italy's biggest rivalries and Gab Marcotti explains why you should enjoy Friday's edition (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

1. These two clubs are Italy's Hatfields and McCoys

Juventus are the...

Zlatan Ibrahimovic rumours of Milan reunion won't go away. Why? And would it make sense for Milan?

I get it. Lions don't compare themselves with humans: it says so in his Twitter bio. But lions still need to be fed and paid for, and, crucially, they take up space.

The prospect of Zlatan Ibrahimovic returning to Milan has been hailed as both "romantic" and "outside-the-box" thinking. It would obviously be the former, with His Zlatan-ness returning to the city where he spent more years than any other during his professional life, six-and-a-half seasons before his switch to Paris Saint-Germain.

It's...

Arsenal, Unai Emery show their progress in beating Spurs. PLUS: Mourinho makes himself the story

If the way to measure a team's progress is their resilience when things go against them, their ability to perform in situations that carry additional weight and their ability to shape-shift into something more effective, then Unai Emery's Arsenal are definitely on an upward arc.

They found themselves 2-1 down at half-time in the North London derby despite arguably playing better than Spurs and conceding on a goalkeeping error and a hugely dubious penalty. (Heung Min Son may have been touched;...

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Football hot spots: Where are players produced in the countries of Europe's biggest leagues?

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Where does talent come from? Are clubs looking in the right places to find it?

We took a stab at this huge topic by limiting our search to the countries of Europe's big five -- Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1 -- and using a software tool that pulled in data.

After that, we asked our country experts to tell us what the findings meant. While by no means comprehensive or conclusive, there were a few surprises. For example, while usual suspects London and Paris are strong, they cannot compete with the Basque Country and Navarra. And what...

Where do footballers come from? A look at Europe's most productive areas

Why are some areas considered hotbeds of talent when it comes to producing players? And where are they?

We looked across Europe to see which were the most -- and least -- productive regions in terms of producing professional players.

Q: How did you do that?

A: First, to give us a base from which to work, we plotted the birthplace of every footballer from 18 European leagues. The data are based on the second half of the 2017-18 season, i.e. once the January transfer window closed.

We knew this approach would not be perfect, as not everyone grows up and learns his football in the place he was...