Manchester City captain David Silva reached 200 Premier League wins quicker than any player in Premier League history this weekend.

The former Spain international came off the bench to help see out a 3-1 triumph at Everton after Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling were on target at Goodison Park.

It was Silva's 289th appearance for City, meaning he reached his double century 16 games quicker than the previous record-holder – Chelsea great John Terry who chalked up 200 wins in 305 outings.

Terry's former Chelsea colleagues Petr Cech (310 matches) and Ashley Cole (318 matches) are also in the top five, with Manchester United icon Ryan Giggs (315 matches) there as well.

Since joining City from Valencia in 2010, Silva has made a strong claim to be regarded as the club's greatest ever player.

This will be his final season at the Etihad Stadium, and the Opta numbers we have combed through below underline what an exceptional performer the four-time Premier League winner has been.

A crafter and finisher of chances

Since Silva's Premier League debut in August 2010, only Ben Foster has played more matches in the division, with the goalkeeper making 292 appearances.

Silva has scored 55 goals top-flight goals, making him the third most prolific midfielder behind Yaya Toure (62) and weekend opponent Gylfi Sigurdsson (59) during his time in England.

No one rivals him in the assists stakes, however.

The World Cup winner has set up 87 goals in the Premier League – Christian Eriksen (61) is the closest to him.

Similarly, he is way out in front for chances created since August 2010, with his 751 significantly higher than Eden Hazard's 595.

No one expected the Spaniard's intuition

Pep Guardiola acknowledged he initially had doubts about Silva's suitability to the more physically demanding Premier League when he swapped Mestalla for the Etihad Stadium.

Many others were of the same opinion, but his impact on the Premier League is undeniable, having seamlessly adapted.

Cesc Fabregas is the only Spaniard to have more goal involvements (161) than Silva (142), while the former Arsenal and Chelsea man also set up a greater number of goals (111 compared to 87).

But Fabregas played 350 matches as opposed to Silva's 289, meaning he could yet usurp the Barcelona youth product.

The only Spanish player to score more Premier League goals than Silva is Fernando Torres with 85, though it seems unlikely he will topple El Nino.

A City great

In the Premier League era, no player has featured more for City than Silva, with Joe Hart (266), Vincent Kompany (265) and Richard Dunne (253) trailing in his wake.

Sergio Aguero is by far their most potent finisher during that time with 172, though Silva will fancy his chances of getting up to second before he eventually leaves or retires, with Carlos Tevez (58) and Yaya Toure (62) the only two in his way.

Again, Aguero is well clear at the top of the chart for goal involvements on 217, but Silva is second with 142. Of current City players, Raheem Sterling is next on 83 (54 goals, 29 assists).

It may still be early in the NFL season, but the play-off picture is slowly, but surely, starting to take shape.

Here’s a look at Week 4’s Bullet Points with the standout game coming in Buffalo as two teams with 100 per cent records, the Bills and the New England Patriots, go head to head.


SUNDAY (all times are Eastern)


Redskins (0-3) at Giants (1-2), 1pm

The Redskins and Giants have each allowed 94 points, with only the Dolphins (133) having surrendered more through the first three weeks. It’s the most both teams have allowed through three games in a season since 2013, when the Giants permitted 115 and Washington 98.

Washington are attempting to avoid their first 0-4 start since dropping their first five games of the 2001 season. The Redskins have lost six straight to NFC East teams since last season’s 20-13 win over the Giants at MetLife Stadium, their longest in-division losing streak since an eight-game skid from 2013-14.

Evan Engram’s 23 catches are the most ever by a Giants tight end over a season’s first three games, while his 271 yards thus far are eclipsed only by Mark Bavaro’s 283 in 1986 for the most by a tight end in franchise history through three games.


Chiefs (3-0) at Lions (2-0-1), 1pm

Patrick Mahomes became the first player in NFL history with three straight games of 350-plus passing yards, three or more touchdown passes and no interceptions with last week’s 374-yard, three-TD effort against the Ravens. His 14 straight games with two or more TD passes is one short of Peyton Manning’s league record set from 2013-14.

Kansas City have outscored their opponents 51-0 in the second quarter over their last two wins, joining the 1935 Bears as the only teams to score 23 or more points in the second quarter while not allowing a point in consecutive games.

The Lions did not give up a sack for a second straight game in last week’s win over the Eagles. Since sacks became an official stat in 1982, Detroit have never gone three consecutive games without allowing one. Since Week 7 of last season, the Lions are 6-1 when Matthew Stafford is sacked once or less and 0-6-1 when he’s taken down twice or more.


Titans (1-2) at Falcons (1-2), 1pm

The Titans have a -24 point differential in the first quarter this season, second worst in the NFL (Dolphins: -35), and a +19 differential in the fourth quarter, best in the league. The Falcons have a -21 point differential in the first quarter, third worst in the NFL, and a +18 differential in the fourth quarter, second best in the league.

Marcus Mariota has not thrown an interception in his last 142 attempts, the longest streak of his career and the fifth-longest active streak in the NFL. Additionally, Mariota has not lost a fumble in his last 356 touches, the second-longest streak of his career and the fourth-longest active streak in the league.

Matt Ryan has thrown for 300-plus yards and at least two scores in each game this season. He and Mahomes are the only two who have done so in their first three starts of 2019. Peyton Manning in 2013 was the last QB to have such a streak last longer than the first three starts of the season (five).


Browns (1-2) at Ravens (2-1), 1pm

The Ravens are 30-10 (.750) all-time against the Browns, the best record by any team against any opponent in NFL history (minimum 40 games).

Through three games, the Ravens have 1,535 total yards and no turnovers. They’re the only NFL team since 1950 to have at least 1,500 total yards and no turnovers over any three-game span.

Baker Mayfield has no touchdowns and five interceptions in the fourth quarter this season. The five interceptions are tied with Ryan Fitzpatrick (2016) for the most by any quarterback over his team’s first three games of a season in the last 25 years


Raiders (1-2) at Colts (2-1), 1pm

The Colts have won seven consecutive home games. Indianapolis haven’t won at least eight consecutive home games since winning a franchise-record 13 consecutive home games in 2008-09 with Peyton Manning. Indianapolis are looking to start 3-1 for the first time since 2013.

Jacoby Brissett is 19-for-20 passing in the first quarter this season. That 95.0 completion percentage is the second-best in any quarter (minimum 15 attempts) this season behind only Dak Prescott’s 22 for 22 in the third quarter.

The Raiders are one of three teams that have yet to score a point in the third quarter (also Detroit and Miami); the Colts are the only team in the NFL that have allowed a touchdown on their opponent’s first drive of the second half in all three games this season.


Patriots (3-0) at Bills (3-0), 1pm

New England have yet to allow an offensive touchdown through three games, the first team to do so since the 1944 Giants. Dating back to last season’s AFC Championship Game, the Patriots have allowed zero first-half points in five straight games, the longest streak since the 1951 Browns (also five).

Tom Brady is 30-3 in his career against the Bills, the most wins by any starting QB against any opponent all-time. Brady’s 69 career touchdown passes against Buffalo is the second most by any player against any opponent all-time, behind only Dan Marino’s 72 against the Jets.

Frank Gore was the leading rusher for either team in Buffalo’s win over Cincinnati last week. At age 36, he was the oldest player to be the leading rusher in a game since John Elway did so at age 38 on December 21, 1998, his penultimate regular-season game.


Panthers (1-2) at Texans (2-1), 1pm

The Texans are 32-1 when allowing less than 20 points since Bill O’Brien became head coach in 2014, tied with the Steelers for the NFL’s best record when doing so during that period. Houston have won 26 straight games when holding opponents under 20 points, the league’s longest active streak.

Deshaun Watson is the fastest player since at least 1960 (26 games) to record 6,500 career passing yards and 500 rushing yards, doing so one game quicker than Cam Newton and Andrew Luck. Watson is also the lone player since 1925 with 50 TD passes and five rushing touchdowns in fewer than 30 career games.

Christian McCaffrey recorded his 200th career reception last week to join Reggie Bush as the only running back since 1960 with 200 or more catches through 35 career games. McCaffrey’s 450 scrimmage yards are the second-most by a Panthers player over a season’s first three games (Stephen Davis, 455, 2003).


Chargers (1-2) at Dolphins (0-3), 1pm

The Chargers rank fifth in the NFL in total yards per game (408.3), but the team ranks tied for 21st in points per game (21.0). This can be at least partially attributed to the Chargers having three giveaways in the red zone this season, tied with the 49ers for most in the NFL.

Philip Rivers is completing 70.7 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and no interceptions in the first three quarters, but has a 55.3 completion percentage with no touchdowns and two interceptions in the fourth quarter of games.

The Dolphins have won six straight home games against the Chargers dating back to 1988 – the last longer home winning streak for the franchise was against the Broncos (seven straight home wins spanning from 1966 to 2005).


Buccaneers (1-2) at Rams (3-0), 4:05pm

The Rams have won five straight against the Buccaneers dating back to 2012 – this is the Rams’ longest active winning streak against any opponent and tied for the Bucs’ longest active losing streak against any opponent (also five, against the Falcons).

Los Angeles have allowed 12 points in the first half of games this season – only the Patriots (0) have allowed fewer. The Rams have scored 55 points in the second half of games this season – only the 49ers (63) have scored more.

Mike Evans had 190 receiving yards and three touchdowns last week. He and Sammy Watkins are the only players to meet those marks in a game this season, and Evans is the first Buccaneer to ever have such a game – the last Buccaneer even with three receiving TDs in a game had been Jimmie Giles in 1985.


Seahawks (2-1) at Cardinals (0-2-1), 4:05pm

The Cardinals have gone 1-8-1 at home since the start of last season, worst in the NFL. The team ranks last in the NFL in points per game (14.5) and yards per game (270.0) at home in this span while having the second-most turnovers (20) behind only the Buccaneers (22).

Seattle has gone 5-0-1 in their last six games in Arizona, the second-longest active streak of road games against a divisional opponent without a loss – only the Patriots (seven vs Bills) have a longer streak.

Russell Wilson has completed 71.4 percent of his passes and thrown for 901 yards – both are career highs through three games of a season. He’d never thrown for more than 755 yards (2016) through three games in any previous season.


Vikings (2-1) at Bears (2-1), 4:25 pm

The Vikings lead the NFL with seven rushing touchdowns in 2019; they had only nine in their entire 2018 campaign. The Bears are one of three teams that have not surrendered a touchdown on the ground this season – along with New England and San Francisco – and have gone seven straight September games without giving up a rushing touchdown.

Chicago have scored 50 points in their first three games while allowing a mere 39. The Bears can join the Packers as the only teams in the league scoring and allowing less than 20.0 points per game. Chicago’s defense ranks in the NFL’s top five in points allowed, opponent third-down efficiency, opponent yards per rush, opponent yards per play and rush yards allowed per game.

Dalvin Cook leads the NFL with 375 rushing yards, second most ever by a Viking in the team’s first three games of a season; only Adrian Peterson, with 392 yards in 2010, has had more. Peterson is the only Viking ever to lead the NFL in rushing; he did so three times: 2008, 2012, and 2015.


Jaguars (1-2) at Broncos (0-3), 4:25pm

The Jaguars had nine sacks in their 20-7 win over the Titans in Week 3, tied for their third-most sacks in a single game in franchise history. This comes just two weeks after they allowed 40 points with no sacks in their Week 1 loss to Kansas City.

Gardner Minshew II currently ranks second in the NFL in completion percentage at 73.9 percent (Dak Prescott, 74.5). Minshew's completion percentage is the highest by any player in his first three career games over the last 50 seasons (minimum 60 attempts).

Joe Flacco has been sacked 11 times this year, tied for fourth most in the league, while the Jaguars are tied for the NFL lead with 13 sacks. Flacco was sacked just 16 times in Baltimore last season, fewest among players with at least 300 pass attempts.


Cowboys (3-0) at Saints (2-1), 8:20pm

Besides leading the NFC in total offense, the Cowboys’ 1,444 total yards are the most they’ve ever had in a three-game span (previous team record of 1,391 came in 1966). This is also the first time Dallas has had 450-plus yards in three games in a row; the last team to do it in four straight was the 2015 Steelers.

Dak Prescott is completing a league-best 74.5 percent of his passes this season and is at 66.6 percent for his career, the best mark among all Cowboys QBs with at least 500 attempts. Prescott’s nine TD passes match Don Meredith (1966) for the most by any Cowboy through the first three games of a season.

Alvin Kamara’s 34 total touchdowns since 2017 are the most in the NFL besides Todd Gurley’s 41; no other player has 30. Kamara, who will play his 35th NFL game Sunday, can join Edgerrin James and Larry Johnson as the only players since 2000 to reach 35 total TDs in 35 career games or less.


MONDAY

Bengals (0-3) at Steelers (0-3), 8:15pm

Pittsburgh are 9-14-1 in September since 2013, eighth worst in the NFL. The seven teams below them have combined for four play-off berths in that span, while the Steelers have four themselves.

JuJu Smith-Schuster’s 11 games with at least 100 receiving yards since 2017 are the sixth most in the NFL even though he’s gone four straight games without one. That’s his longest drought since failing to reach 100 in any of the first seven games of his 2017 rookie season.

The Bengals have been limited to a total of 126 rushing yards. The only team in the past 25 seasons to have fewer rushing yards through three games was the 2012 Titans with 117. Cincinnati’s 506 rushing yards allowed are its most after three games since 2008 (523 yards).

 

Atletico Madrid host LaLiga leaders and city rivals Real Madrid this weekend with Joao Felix still feeling his way in to life as their club-record signing.

Brought in as a direct replacement for Antoine Griezmann following the France forward's controversial switch to Barcelona, Joao Felix has shown flashes of the brilliance that persuaded Atleti to pay his €126million release clause to buy him from Benfica.

The teenager exploded onto the scene with 15 Primeira Liga goals last season, while he hit a superb hat-trick against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League quarter-finals.

The expectations on his shoulders at Atletico are a different story, however, with Joao Felix having two goals and an assist to show for his six LaLiga appearances at his new club.

With Zinedine Zidane's unpredictable Madrid visiting the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday and Atleti having not won a home LaLiga derby since 2015, Joao Felix will face the biggest test of his club career to date.


PARTNERSHIP WITH COSTA NEEDS WORK

On paper, Diego Costa looks like an ideal partner for Joao Felix, with his street smarts and aggressive nature aspects the teenager is undoubtedly lacking.

Costa's experience should be invaluable too, with the Brazil-born Spain international having fired Atletico to their most recent title in 2013-14 when he scored a career-best 27 league goals.

But the 30-year-old's form has been a concern for some time, dating back to his return from Premier League side Chelsea, and his opener in Tuesday's 2-0 victory at Real Mallorca was only the second competitive goal he has managed in 2019.

Data from Opta shows Joao Felix has only passed to Costa seven times during their 279 minutes on the pitch together in LaLiga this season, with the ball going in the other direction on just six occasions. Linking up effectively has been a challenge with Joao Felix typically drifting out to the right, where he combines with Koke.

Although Joao Felix also netted in the Mallorca win to send Atleti into the derby on a high note after they drew a blank in back-to-back league games, this must be an area of concern for Diego Simeone, who is without Alvaro Morata through suspension this weekend.

Costa and Joao Felix will surely develop their understanding in time and the duo were extremely effective when Atletico destroyed Madrid 7-3 during the International Champions Cup in pre-season, a game in which Costa scored four goals and was twice assisted by the Portuguese.

Only once have they combined for a goal in LaLiga this term, Costa setting up Joao Felix to spark Atleti's 3-2 comeback win at home to Eibar on September 1, and this needs to improve.


FITNESS ANOTHER POTENTIAL ISSUE

Adapting to a new league physically, as well as making the step up in class, was always going to be a challenge for Joao Felix.

His slight figure is in sharp contrast to the imposingly barrel-chested strike partner Costa, who can bounce defenders out of his way.

Although he produced a brilliant solo run from inside his own half to win a penalty against Getafe on his LaLiga debut, occasionally Joao Felix has been pushed off the ball too easily.

Perhaps this has led to frustrations for the teenager as he has committed seven fouls in his six LaLiga appearances to date, while he has been brought down on eight occasions.

The rough and tumble nature of some matches has also posed a problem. Joao Felix was taken off in the first half of a friendly against Numancia after taking a bang to his hip and some opposition players have seemingly targeted him.

Although Simeone has selected the Portugal international in all six of his LaLiga line-ups this term, while he also started against Juventus in the Champions League, he has been substituted five times.

Confidence is not an issue for Joao Felix, but he has fired more shots off target (six) than on target (five) in the top flight for Atleti, while he has lost possession at an average of 9.83 times per match. Indeed, he has completed 84 passes and 25 have gone astray, a far from impressive ratio, with just two chances created.

Time is on Joao Felix's side, however. At the same stage of the 2018-19 season, Griezmann's last for the Rojiblancos after winning the World Cup with France, he had only scored twice in LaLiga. Joao Felix has matched that tally already.

February 2018, Gareth Bale tore up Real Madrid's left flank and played an inch-perfect cross into the centre for Karim Benzema to further embarrass Real Sociedad and surely wrap up a 6-2 mauling at the Santiago Bernabeu.

But Benzema remarkably sliced his first-time effort over the crossbar from about seven yards when it appeared impossible to miss – Madrid's fans held up their infamous reputation and rained a torrent of jeers down on the much-maligned Frenchman.

It had become par for the course with Benzema, who was relentlessly whistled by his own supporters through the 2017-18 campaign. But this time Cristiano Ronaldo took a stand, wagging his finger disapprovingly at those responsible before seeming to sarcastically applaud the fans behind 'Gol Sur'.

Benzema's relationship with Los Blancos fans had already been strained for a long time, with criticism morphing into boos, jeers and whistles in 2013, while the striker spoke publicly of his confusion around the situation in 2017.

"The hardest part is when the criticism comes from your own fans. They are normally there to boost you," he said to Canal Plus, revealing his bafflement.

Benz on the brink

The flak reached its zenith during the 2017-18 season.

Benzema scored just five times in 32 LaLiga matches, converting 7.94 per cent of his chances and averaging a goal every 431.2 minutes. Though there was the caveat of a solid haul of 10 assists, it was an extremely challenging year for the forward.

Benzema could hardly suggest it was a momentary blip either, as 11 goals from 29 matches the previous season was similarly underwhelming.

Such form looked set to cost Benzema dear, as he appeared destined to leave in 2018. That horror miss against La Real was followed by strong transfer rumours a couple of weeks later, with the Chinese Super League or a return to France apparently beckoning.

What goal problem?

Coach Zinedine Zidane never passed up the chance to defend Benzema during those dark days, and one has to assume the striker would have left several years ago were the former 'Galactico' not fighting his corner.

Quite simply, Zidane 'gets' Benzema.

"I don't agree with the criticism. What interests me is not just his goals. I like what Karim does for the team, he's one of the best in this regard, and in the team game - I value that a lot. I'm going to defend Benzema to death," Zidane said ahead of the 2017 Club World Cup final.

After all, during those two onerous campaigns, Benzema recorded 18 assists across all competitions – add that figure to his 31 goals, then he had 49 goal involvements in 95 matches.

"You had a rocket [Bale] and a goalscorer [Ronaldo], and then there was me, the piece that made it all work," Benzema explained to RMC earlier this month, seemingly a too-nuanced point for Madrid's band of rowdy revilers.

"Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent"

The coach and player relationship is by no means one-way here, either. Benzema's regard for Zidane is well-known and surely a major contributor for the coach's success and the striker's renaissance.

"I have already said it before, but Zidane is like a godfather to me," Benzema commented three years ago.

While's Benzema's resurgence began during the final two months of Santiago Solari's ill-fated reign, there's little doubt Zidane's faith and understanding of the forward ensured he remained influential even after the former Ballon d'Or winner briefly called it quits last year.

Only Sergio Ramos (1,200 minutes) played with greater regularity than Benzema (1,092 minutes) under Julen Lopetegui, while he featured for 2,424 minutes for Solari, 233 more than anyone else. Whether he'd have remained if Ronaldo stayed is another matter, however.

Karim of the crop

There's no greater indication of Benzema's resurgence than the fact only Lionel Messi has scored more LaLiga goals than him in 2019 – the Barcelona star is on 21, the Lyon academy product has 20.

The most recent of those was particularly well timed, as Benzema got the winner in Sunday's 1-0 win at Sevilla – who were unbeaten and had designs on going top of LaLiga – with a smart header after a clever bit of movement.

Previous results had put Zidane under pressure – with the ever-present spectre of Jose Mourinho lurking, waiting for an invitation to return – but Benzema was there to spare his friend.

As such, Benzema heads into Saturday's derby against Atletico Madrid with five goals – his total for 2017-18 – in as many LaLiga outings this term.

In the post-Ronaldo era, Benzema has stepped up to become Madrid's talisman. The only jeers he attracts now are those from fearful fans of Los Blancos' opposition.

Mercedes will be glad of a return to a happy hunting ground at the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi after Ferrari's dominance of recent rounds.

Charles Leclerc was unable to convert pole in Singapore into a hat-trick of wins as team-mate Sebastian Vettel stepped up to keep the streak going.

Leclerc is now within 100 points of championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who has not tasted victory since the Hungarian Grand Prix at the start of August.

A sixth title is still firmly within Briton Hamilton's grasp, but he and Valtteri Bottas will be keen to turn the tide for Mercedes with half an eye on the 2020 season.

Here, we look at some of the key numbers ahead of the Russian Grand Prix.

5 – Mercedes have won all five previous editions of the Sochi race, with Hamilton on the top step of the podium three times. Bottas and Nico Rosberg have one win apiece.

4 – Mercedes have only once failed to make pole their own in Russia, while Hamilton's four podiums were only interrupted by a fourth-placed finish in 2017.

2008 – If Ferrari chalk up a fourth consecutive win it will be the first time they have enjoyed such a run since Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa won two apiece between the Malaysian and Turkish Grands Prix of 2008.

0 – Red Bull have no podiums in five appearances in Russia – the most they have featured at any race without doing so.

29 – Vettel has completed the most pit stops this season and is only one shy of the 30 he tallied over the duration of the 2018 campaign.

5 – Leclerc's five poles is more than any other driver has achieved this term. The last Ferrari driver to lead in poles at this stage of the season was Michael Schumacher with eight in 2004.

14 – Max Verstappen progressed 14 places from a start of 19th on the grid at last season's race in Sochi. He has only bettered this once in his career, making up 16 positions in the 2018 United States Grand Prix.

19 – Ayrton Senna won the most Grands Prix having led from start to finish. Hamilton is on 18, one behind the great Brazilian.

As Chelsea slumped to a third winless Premier League home game, Frank Lampard's name rang out around Stamford Bridge in a show of support rarely afforded to his predecessor, Maurizio Sarri.

That the club's all-time leading goal-scorer has survived a tough start to life as manager with his reputation relatively intact comes as little surprise given the esteem in which he is held in west London, but the honeymoon period cannot last.

Sarri knows only too well how quickly things can sour at Chelsea, where his undefeated Blues side conceded just four goals in the Italian's first six league games in charge, yet he still found himself under pressure a few months into his tenure.

Lampard has claimed only two wins from his opening six, seeing his defence ship 13 goals and fail to keep a single clean sheet, but his salvation may lie among Chelsea's young guns.

With the club under a transfer embargo, Lampard has not hesitated to give key roles to talented youngsters who have transformed the mood around the club, despite a slow start to the season.

The potential on show at the Bridge appears to have prompted one of England's most impatient clubs to take a long-term approach for the first time in over a decade.

But just how good are the young stars of Lampard's team? With the help of Opta data, we offer a mid-term report on three of Chelsea's brightest hopes.

TAMMY ABRAHAM

Tammy Abraham had the opportunity to equal Luis Suarez's Premier League record of scoring two or more goals in four consecutive matches when Chelsea faced Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

He came up short, failing to find the net as the Blues lost 2-1, but his performance did no harm to his growing reputation as one of the deadliest strikers in the top flight.

The 21-year-old scored seven goals in three games to ensure he will be a marked man this season, plundering braces against Norwich City and Sheffield United, before netting a hat-trick in Chelsea's 5-2 win at Wolves.

Abraham is averaging a goal every 58.2 minutes, which puts him right up there with Sergio Aguero (one goal every 55.8mins) among the league's most dependable finishers and his shot conversion rate of 38.8 per cent compares well to Aguero's (32 per cent).

The former Swansea loanee has created six chances for team-mates - more than Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (four) or Alexandre Lacazette (two) - and while his passing accuracy (71.95 per cent) is not among the league's highest, he has a better duel success rate (35.38 per cent) than Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (30.91).

MASON MOUNT

Lampard knew he could rely on Mason Mount to step up, having had his faith in the 20-year-old repaid time and time again while they worked together at Derby County last season.

But even the Chelsea boss will not have dared hope Mount would acclimatise to life in the top flight as quickly as he has in his six matches in the Blues' first team.

After a frustrating full debut in the 4-0 defeat at Manchester United, Mount announced himself to the Stamford Bridge faithful with Chelsea's only goal in a 1-1 draw with Leicester City.

The attacking midfielder has since netted in Chelsea's wins at Norwich and Wolves, putting him level with Marcus Rashford and Roberto Firmino on three league goals this season.

Mount brings a lot more than just finishing prowess to Lampard's Chelsea side and his ability to run with the ball and create chances for team-mates has put him among the Premier League's most dangerous players this season.

A dribble success rate of 64.71 per cent puts Mount ahead of Rashford, Raheem Sterling and Daniel James, while he is level with Salah and Sadio Mane on 12 chances created.

CHRISTIAN PULISIC

Christian Pulisic has started three of Chelsea's six league games this season but that has been enough for him to demonstrate his prowess as a potentially consistent creative force.

The 21-year-old signing from Borussia Dortmund has created four chances from open play - one more than Manchester United's much-talked-about new arrival James and as many as Arsenal talisman Aubameyang.

Pulisic has yet to score a league goal in a Chelsea shirt, attempting just four shots, but he selflessly played in Mount for the Blues' second in their 3-2 win at Norwich City.

Pulisic, who has three years' worth of experience at international level with the United States, has impressed with his touch and composure, and his passing accuracy of 85.05 per cent is better than that of Manchester City lynchpin Kevin De Bruyne (83.69) and Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen (83.57).

Having completed eight out of his 19 attempted dribbles, Pulisic does not boast the league's best success rate when running with the ball, but he has shown potential even on quieter outings.

Manchester City sent a message to the Premier League with an 8-0 thrashing of Watford on Saturday, but Liverpool claimed victory at Chelsea to ensure they maintained the lead in this season's title race.

The Reds held their nerve in the wake of City's emphatic performance, taking a first-half lead at Stamford Bridge and withstanding a late wave of Chelsea pressure to emerge with a 2-1 win.

While the top two attempt to outstrip each other, Tottenham and Arsenal are lagging behind and there were mixed fortunes for the North London rivals in matchweek six.

After a thrilling weekend of top-flight action, the Opta data sheds light on the important details.

 

REDS SET RECORD AS FLYING START CONTINUES

Liverpool's 2-1 win at Chelsea made them the first team in top-flight history to win the opening six matches in two consecutive seasons.

Goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino helped maintain the European champions' unstoppable league form as they clinched their 15th consecutive domestic victory.

Even champions Manchester City have been unable to keep pace with the Reds this season, but Pep Guardiola's men remain the only team in top-flight history to have achieved a longer winning sequence (18 wins between August and December 2017).

It was Jurgen Klopp's 92nd victory in his 150th Premier League game in charge of the Reds, and former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho (105 wins) is the only manager who can boast a better return from his first 150 matches in the competition.

Blues manager Frank Lampard is still without a home win after taking charge of four matches in all competitions at Stamford Bridge, making him only the second Chelsea boss to start with such a long winless run after Bobby Campbell in 1988.

RECORDS TUMBLE AS CITY RUN RIOT

With the champions determined to return to winning ways after last weekend's shock defeat to Norwich City, poor Watford never stood a chance against Guardiola's rampant side.

The records tumbled as City recorded their biggest ever victory in the English top-flight and inflicted the Hornets' heaviest ever defeat in the top four tiers of English football.

David Silva's opener after just 52 seconds was the fastest goal in the Premier League this season, while City's five goals in just 18 minutes made them the fastest team to go 5-0 up in the competition's history.

Not only did Sergio Aguero bring up 100 Premier League goals at the Etihad Stadium with his early penalty, he also became the first player to score in seven consecutive Premier League appearances since Romelu Lukaku in December 2015.

SPURS LET LEAD SLIP AGAIN AT LEICESTER

Tottenham's stuttering season continued at the King Power Stadium as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Leicester City despite Harry Kane's goal giving them a 1-0 lead at half-time.

Ricardo Pereira equalised in the 69th minute before James Maddison struck the winner five minutes from time, condemning Spurs to a third consecutive Premier League away game in which they led at half-time but failed to win – their first such run since March 2008.

Maddison's goal was his first in the Premier League since he scored against Huddersfield Town in April, ending a frustrating run of 31 shots without finding the net as he clinched three impressive points for the Foxes.

There were some positive stats for Kane, who has scored more goals (14 in 13 games) against Leicester than any other side in his professional career and more away goals (13) than any other Premier League player since the start of last season.

But those figures will feel meaningless to the England man after his side lost for the second time in four league games.

GUNNERS PULL THROUGH AFTER MAITLAND-NILES SEES RED

Arsenal were 1-0 down at home to Aston Villa when Ainsley Maitland-Niles was sent off for a second bookable offence but Unai Emery's men prevailed 3-2 after an impressive second-half performance with 10 men.

It was the ninth time in Premier League history that a team had won a match after having a man sent off while trailing and Arsenal had Nicolas Pepe, Calum Chambers and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to thank for finding the net.

Aubameyang scored the winner in the 84th minute and his goal-scoring record stands at 16 in his past 16 games in all competitions for Arsenal, including goals in each of his last four outings.

Maitland-Niles, meanwhile, became the first Arsenal player to be sent off more than once in the Premier League in the same calendar year since Laurent Koscielny in 2013 (both players sent off twice).

Erling Haaland made a stunning start to his Champions League career on Tuesday, becoming the eighth player to net a hat-trick on their debut in Europe's elite competition.

The 19-year-old netted all three of his goals in the first half as Salzburg crushed Genk 6-2, with Haaland the third youngest player to score a treble in the Champions League.

His first goal arrived in just the second minute, as he found the bottom-right corner in confident fashion from just inside the area, Haaland then doubled the tally just past the half-hour mark when finishing off a counter.

He completed the hat-trick – remarkably his fourth of the season across all competitions – just before the interval, tucking in from close range.

As impressive as his debut Champions League hat-trick was, he was not the first to accomplish the feat. Below, we look at those who came before.

Yacine Brahimi (Porto) v BATE – September 2014

Tricky winger Brahimi made an explosive entrance to Champions League football five years ago. He punished a goalkeeper error to open his account from a tight angle, before then adding a glorious solo effort and a pinpoint free-kick.

Grafite (Wolfsburg) v CSKA Moscow – September 2009

Brazilian striker Grafite pencilled himself into the history books in 2009 with a treble against CSKA Moscow. The powerful forward finished off a counter for his first, then converting a penalty. He rounded things off late on in the 3-1 win by converting a Marcel Schaefer cross.

Vincenzo Iaquinta (Udinese) v Panathinaikos – September 2005

Udinese made an emphatic start to their first Champions League campaign in 2005, dispatching Panathinaikos 3-0. Iaquinta was vital to that, opening the scoring with a header after wasting a couple of earlier chances. He made it 2-0 in the second half when racing on to Antonio Di Natale's pass and finishing, wrapping up the win with a fierce drive.

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) v Fenerbahce – September 2004

After joining United for a reported £24million on the back of an impressive Euro 2004, Rooney truly announced himself with a marvellous treble against Fenerbahce on his Old Trafford debut. The striker got his first 17 minutes in, emphatically converting after a Ruud van Nistelrooy pass. A fine long-range effort into the bottom-left corner followed and he then blasted home a free-kick.

Yakubu (Maccabi Haifa) v Olympiakos – September 2002

Only 19 at the time, Yakubu ran Olympiakos ragged in 2002. Having missed a 5-2 defeat to Man United through suspension, Yakubu made up for lost time on matchday two, opening the scoring with a penalty. He doubled the lead against the run of play with a smart finish after holding off a defender and later added the third after getting in behind the visitors' defence.

Tino Asprilla (Newcastle United) v Barcelona– September 1997

A vibrant, colourful character, Colombian forward Asprilla produced a performance to match against Barcelona in a 3-2 win. He opened his account with a penalty, before twice nodding in towering headers from right-wing crosses, securing a famous result for the Magpies.

Marco van Basten (AC Milan) v Goteborg – November 1992

Synonymous with the spectacular, Van Basten's first goal in the revamped Champions League – having been the European Cup before the 1992-93 season – was a lovely one, finding the top-left corner despite being off-balance. A penalty followed and then came an outrageous overhead kick from the edge of the box. The Dutchman got a fourth by rounding the goalkeeper, sealing an easy win.

Lionel Messi has his sights on a record set by Real Madrid great Raul when Barcelona face Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, as the Champions League proper gets started for the 2019-20 season.

Barca's talisman is back in their squad for the trip to Germany after missing the start of the campaign with a calf injury and, while he is unlikely to start, few would bet against him having a decisive impact if he does make an appearance.

Reigning champions Liverpool begin their title defence at Napoli in what will surely prove to be a tricky test, although Sadio Mane will be aiming to equal a record set by Didier Drogba.

There will also be Champions League bows in the dugout for Frank Lampard and Sylvinho.

Below, we examine the key data for Tuesday's encounters...

Salzburg v Genk

0 - Salzburg have not lost any of their last 18 home matches in European competition (W14 D4 – including qualifiers), with their most recent defeat at home coming in October 2016 against Nice in the Europa League.

1 - Genk forward Mbwana Samatta scored nine goals in 12 appearances in European competition last season and he also finished with 23 goals in the Belgian top flight in 2018-19. Should he play in this match, he will be the first Tanzanian player to make an appearance in the Champions League.

 

Napoli v Liverpool

5 - Napoli have won just one of their past six European meetings with English clubs, losing the other five in this run and failing to score in the most recent three. That one victory was against Liverpool last season, though.

15 - Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has scored 14 goals in 24 Champions League appearances. Should he score in his next outing, he will equal Didier Drogba's record of needing just 25 appearances to score his first 15 goals in the competition, a record for any African player.

 

Inter v Slavia Prague

20 - Inter will be making their 20th appearance in the Champions League/European Cup – only Juventus (34) and AC Milan (28) have had more among Italian sides (including 2019-20).

24 - Inter forward Alexis Sanchez has been involved in 24 goals (12 goals, 12 assists) in his 52 Champions League appearances, but none of these involvements came in six games in the competition for Manchester United, the club he left on loan last month.

 

Borussia Dortmund v Barcelona

33 - Lionel Messi has scored against 32 of the 37 different opponents he has faced in the Champions League. Should he score against Dortmund, the Barcelona star will equal the competition's record for different teams scored against, set by Raul (33 clubs).

2 - Borussia Dortmund have won just two of their past eight Champions League home matches (D2 L4), losing their most recent match 1-0 against Tottenham in the last 16 in 2018-19.

 

Lyon v Zenit

1 - Lyon boss Sylvinho will manage in the Champions League for the first time, also becoming the first non-Frenchman to take charge of the club in Europe's elite competition. The Brazilian made 32 Champions League appearances as a player for Barcelona, Celta Vigo and Arsenal, scoring three goals.

58 - Zenit captain Branislav Ivanovic could make his first Champions League appearance since March 2016 (for Chelsea) in this match. He has made 58 appearances in the competition; only Dejan Stankovic (87) and Predrag Djordjevic (62) have made more among Serbian players.

 

Benfica v RB Leipzig

10 - Benfica are Portugal's sole representative in the 2019-20 Champions League, making it the first time in a decade that there is only one Portuguese club in the competition.

3 - Timo Werner scored three goals from just seven shots on target in the Champions League back in 2017-18, more than any other RB Leipzig player. He went on to net seven times in European competition that term, the highest total by an RB Leipzig player in a single season.

 

Ajax v Lille

6 - Ajax won six games in the 2018-19 Champions League, as many as they did in their previous four participations in the competition.

11 - Including qualifiers, Lille have not won any of their past 11 European matches in all competitions (D6 L5) and scored only five goals in these games.

 

Chelsea v Valencia

102 - Frank Lampard will take charge of a Champions League game for the first time in his managerial career. As a Chelsea player, he made 102 appearances in the competition and is one of only 22 players to have played 100 games or more in the tournament with the same club.

2 - Valencia have reached the Champions League in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2012-13 (three in a row), which was also the last time they made it to the knockout stages of the competition, before being beaten by Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16.

Norwich City caused the biggest shock of the Premier League season on Saturday when they registered a famous 3-2 win over reigning champions Manchester City at Carrow Road.

That stunning result means Liverpool are now five points clear at the summit after Jurgen Klopp's side ran out 3-1 winners over Newcastle United to maintain their perfect start to the campaign.

Arsenal threw away a two-goal lead over Watford at Vicarage Road to draw 2-2, while Tammy Abraham netted a hat-trick as Chelsea thumped Wolves 5-2.

With the help of Opta stats, we take a deep dive into the weekend's biggest stories.

 

UNSTOPPABLE PUKKI STUNS CITY

Norwich were outstanding in their dramatic win over Pep Guardiola's side, inflicting a first defeat for the champions against a newly promoted opponent since March 2015 when they lost to Burnley.

It was a defensive nightmare for City, who conceded twice in the opening half-hour of a Premier League game for the second time under Guardiola. The other occasion was against Leicester City in December 2016, when they also conceded three times in total.

Central to the Canaries' success was Teemu Pukki, who has now been involved in eight goals (six scored, two assisted) in his first five Premier League appearances. Only Sergio Aguero has been involved in more goals (nine) in the same number of games at the start of their time in the competition.

Aguero's strike on the stroke of half-time, meanwhile, saw him become just the third player to score in a team's first five Premier League matches of a season after Jose Antonio Reyes for Arsenal in 2004-05 and Wayne Rooney for Manchester United in 2011-12.

LIVERPOOL SWEEP ASIDE MAGPIES

Newcastle took a surprise early lead against Liverpool, but Jurgen Klopp's side bounced back in style to become just the fourth team to win 14 consecutive English top-flight matches.

The Reds have now won their opening five games of the Premier League season for a second consecutive campaign. The only previous two teams to do so in back-to-back seasons were Chelsea (2009-10 and 2010-11) and Manchester City (2015-16 and 2016-17).

Andy Robertson proved a handful for Newcastle with another industrious display. His assist for Sadio Mane's equaliser took him to 17 for Liverpool in the Premier League since the start of the 2017-18 season, more than any other defender in that period.

Defeat for Newcastle represented a 13th loss in their last 14 Premier League away games against 'big six' opponents, with three of those losses coming at Anfield.

AUBAMEYANG HEROICS NOT ENOUGH FOR GUNNERS

Arsenal will consider themselves lucky to have scraped a point at Watford despite holding a two-goal lead thanks to the prolific Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Since his Premier League debut in February 2018, the Gabon international has been directly involved in 46 goals in the competition (37 scored, nine assisted). Only Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (53) has had a hand in more in this time.

The Hornets were rampant in the second period, attempting 31 shots – the highest tally the Gunners have faced in a Premier League game since Opta began collecting such data in the division in 2003-04.

It should perhaps come as little surprise that Watford's leveller was from the penalty spot. Since the start of last season, no side has conceded more goals via penalties than the Gunners (10, level with Brighton and Hove Albion).

ABRAHAM MAKING HIS MARK ON THE BIG STAGE

Tammy Abraham enjoyed a day to remember as Chelsea ensured Wolves' wait for a league win this season goes on.

The England striker – who was prolific on loan with Aston Villa in the Championship last season – became the youngest ever Blues player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League and is the youngest Englishman to do so since Raheem Sterling against Bournemouth in October 2015.

He also became just the third player in Premier League history to score two or more goals in three consecutive appearances aged 21 or younger after Cristiano Ronaldo in 2006 and Dele Alli in 2017.

Wolves, meanwhile, conceded five goals in a home Premier League game for the first time since a 5-0 defeat to Manchester United in March 2012.

Chelsea's English youngsters are repaying the faith of head coach Frank Lampard, with all 10 of the club's Premier League goals so far this term scored by homegrown players aged 21 or under.

Lampard's appointment was expected to usher in a new youthful era at the club as they faced a transfer embargo and those young players are holding their own.

While results did not entirely go to plan before the international break, Chelsea were 4-0 up just after half-time at Wolves on Saturday.

And, as has been the case throughout the season to date, all of their goals were again scored by English players aged 21 or under.

Fikayo Tomori's stunning long-range effort made it 1-0 to the Blues, before Tammy Abraham stabbed home their second soon after.

Abraham doubled his tally with a fine header just before the break, making him only the third player in Premier League history after Cristiano Ronaldo and Dele Alli to score two or more goals in three consecutive appearances while aged under 21.

The in-form Abraham then completed his hat-trick early in the second half, skipping away from Conor Coady before rifling home, taking him ahead of Sergio Aguero as the league's top-scorer.

Chelsea's other Premier League scorer this term is Mason Mount, who struck against Leicester City and Norwich City.

Mount's form earned him his first England cap in the most recent international break and Abraham will surely not have to wait much longer for his senior bow if he continues to find the net with such regularity.

Abraham's hat-trick clincher moved Chelsea level with Leeds United as the only Premier League side to have 10 consecutive goals scored by English players aged 21 or younger. Leeds achieved the feat in 1999.

After losing Eden Hazard to Real Madrid and only managing to bring in Christian Pulisic, some predicted a troubling campaign for Chelsea.

But their academy products are providing the spark to keep a ray of positivity at Stamford Bridge in Lampard's first season at the helm.

It is a big day for Shane Warne on Friday, as Australia's greatest ever bowler turns 50.

Warne is Australia's record Test wicket-taker and was at the heart of a dominant side through the 1990s and 2000s, up until his international retirement in 2007.

Albeit not without controversy on and off the field, Warne revolutionised the game with his mastery of leg spin, ending the dominance fast bowlers had prior to his introduction.

To celebrate a true reaching his half-century, we look at his career in Opta numbers.

708 - Only one bowler – Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan (800) – has ever taken more Test wickets than Warne, who amassed 708.

195 - Warne's haul of 195 means he holds the record for most Test wickets against England.

199 - The spinner had 199 Test innings at the crease, hitting 3,154 runs overall.

14 - Alec Stewart was Warne's favourite opponent to bowl to in Tests, with the Englishman dismissed 14 times.

99 - Warne's highest score in Test cricket was 99 runs, while his best effort in one-day internationals was 55.

130 - After England, Warne took the most Test wickets against South Africa, with 130 in total.

96 - Warne's most successful year for bowling was in 2005 when he took 96 Test wickets. In ODIs, he took 62 wickets in 1999.

291 - He took 291 wickets for Australia across 193 ODI appearances.

319 - The majority of Warne's Test wickets came on home turf, with 319 coming his way while playing in Australia, including 15 five-wicket hauls.

129 - In 22 Tests in England, Warne took 129 wickets.

Liverpool cruised to a 3-0 Premier League victory over Burnley before the international break, but it was not their free-flowing football that made the headlines.

Instead, most of the post-match talk centred on Sadio Mane's furious reaction, the forward seemingly livid with team-mate Mohamed Salah after being substituted at Turf Moor.

The Senegal forward was apparently angry at Salah for taking a shot moments earlier rather than setting up his team-mate for a simple finish.

It has led to some suggesting the Egypt international is greedy, with former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saying: "Salah is a bit obsessed with finishing himself."

An assessment of the Opta data suggests Salah might not be quite as selfish as Mane – and many others – think.

 

SALAH THE SURPRISE TEAM PLAYER?

Liverpool enjoyed a stunning 2018-19 Premier League campaign, finishing just a point behind champions Manchester City with a whopping 97 points.

Central to their success was the exhilarating front three of Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino, who plundered 56 goals between them.

Their finishing prowess has never been in question, but how does their relationship in normal play stack up?

Firstly, and perhaps surprisingly, the trio were only responsible for assisting nine of those strikes.

While it is Salah's generosity that has been called into question, the stats suggest the Egyptian was even more of a team player than Mane last season. The Egyptian passed to the other two forwards 48 times more than Mane (258 passes v 210 passes).

Firmino was the top assist maker of the trio, laying on five goals for the pair. All three of Salah's assists were for Mane, while the latter was responsible for creating just one goal for his fellow forwards (to Salah).

Mane can perhaps count himself unlucky to not have had more assists to his name, given he created 20 chances for Salah.

FIRMINO STUCK IN THE MIDDLE

Klopp's side have started this season as they finished the last, winning all four of their games - and they sit top of the Premier League table.

It was looking like a serene start until Mane's outburst, but does he have a point?

The stats show that Salah has passed to Firmino 10 times more than Mane and has yet to create a chance for the latter. He has created three for the Brazilian.

However, it appears the Egyptian might have cause to feel equally aggrieved with Mane, given he has received just five passes from him this season – one fewer than in the opposite direction and 15 fewer than Firmino has been on the receiving end of.

When compared to Firmino's passing stats, the pair came off unfavourably. This, however, can be explained by the fact they play on opposite sides of the pitch, with Firmino largely tasked with feeding the potent pair.

Only Salah knows if he deliberately overlooks his team-mates in favour of scoring himself, but as long as the Reds continue to sweep aside all before them in the Premier League, Klopp is hardly likely to care.

Although arguably the greatest player of all time, it's fair to say Diego Maradona isn't necessarily synonymous with coaching.

Nevertheless, El Pibe de Oro is back in the dugout having been confirmed as Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata's new head coach on Thursday, his first job in Argentina since leaving the national team in 2010.

Maradona, 58, was a remarkable talent as a player for Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona and, perhaps most famously, Argentina and Napoli.

The 1986 World Cup winner is similarly infamous for his off-field antics and controversies, having suffered from drug addiction, been criticised for his political views and generally never been shy about expressing himself.

While some of his behaviour down the years may not be what one would expect of your average head coach, Maradona often takes his teams on something of a ride…

Deportivo Mandiyu de Corrientes – 1994

Having been suspended by FIFA for failing a drug test during the 1994 World Cup, Maradona quickly turned his hand to coaching, securing a role at Mandiyu de Corrientes.

He had to watch his first match from the stands due to not having passed a coaching course or owning a license, though he remained typically animated. He only presided over 11 more fixtures, winning once, or 8.3 per cent of his games in total.

Racing Club – 1995

After allegedly being sacked in the Mandiyu dressing room, Maradona was not out of work for long before he joined Racing. In Avellaneda, El Diego had significantly greater talent at his disposal, including future Argentina internationals Ignacio Gonzalez and Claudio Lopez, and during this time they beat Boca at La Bombonera for the first time in 20 years.

However, Maradona was not present on that occasion, as he only actually presided over five of the 11 matches of his tenure. Officially, he won 18.2 per cent of his 11 Racing games before the club's presidential elections ushered in a new era and he left.

Argentina – 2008-10

After being away from coaching for 13 years, Maradona somehow landed the top job in Argentinian football; the national team. A reportedly strained relationship with Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria is said to have contributed to Alfio Basile's downfall and Maradona subsequently led them to the 2010 World Cup, but only by the skin of their teeth and not without a 6-1 humiliation by Bolivia.

They made it to the quarter-finals in South Africa, but Germany exposed them in a 4-0 demolition and Maradona departed. But his 75 per cent win record in 24 matches remains Maradona's best as a coach.

Al Wasl – 2011-12

"I do not want the club to be a graveyard for white elephants," was Maradona's opening gambit at Al Wasl, as he pledged to bring exciting young players to the UAE. That proved more difficult than expected, claiming in November 2011 many players weren't being paid on time.

A colourful season saw Maradona feud with two coaches, march into the stands to "protect my wife" from fans and flirt with the UAE national team job. He won 40 per cent of his 35 matches, but was hastily sacked after the club's entire board resigned at the end of a trophyless campaign.

Al-Fujairah – 2017-18

Following a five-year absence, Maradona was back in management in May 2017, again in UAE. His appointment at Al-Fujairah came as a particular shock given their second-tier status.

Maradona's spell was rather less controversial than at Al-Wasl and on the pitch things went better, losing just once in 23 matches. However, a haul of 11 draws proved costly, as Maradona left by mutual consent after failing to guide the club to automatic promotion.

Dorados de Sinaloa – 2018-19

Another eye-catching move followed for Maradona, as he headed to Mexico's Ascenso MX, the country's second division. "Some people said Maradona's useless," he raged after 4-1 debut win and he went on to lead Dorados to the Apertura and Clausura finals.

They suffered defeat to Atletico San Luis in both ties, with Maradona appearing to aim a punch at an opposing fan in post-match fracas after the Apertura defeat. Of his 41 games at the helm, Maradona claimed 20 wins (48.8 per cent) and suffered only 11 defeats.

He quit in June to focus on his health, but he is back with Superliga strugglers Gimnasia, signing a one-year deal.

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