In England, Chelsea extended their lead at the top after they beat Newcastle and Liverpool and Manchester City both dropped points (draw vs. Brighton and loss vs. Crystal Palace, resp.). West Ham’s thumping win at Aston Villa means they remain in the top 4. The Chosen One, eh? Over in Italy, Napoli and AC Milan continued their brilliant starts to the season — the two of them lead Inter Milan by seven points. Juventus are languishing in ninth after a loss at Verona. In Germany, Bayern Munich maintained their slender one point lead over Borussia Dortmund, while across the border, PSG continue to lead the rest by seven points. And that’s without a single league goal from Lionel Messi. Meanwhile, Real Sociedad remain atop LaLiga despite a draw in the Basque derby, but the Madrids, Real and Atletico, are just a point behind and they both have a game in hand. Barcelona are ninth after being held to a draw by 16th placed Alaves.
By The Numbers brings you the best stats from the weekend’s action in Europe’s big leagues —
Quite a remarkable stat. Burnley scored three goals in the first half vs. Brentford — this is the first time they have scored three in the first half of a PL game at Turf Moor (in 138 games).
Jorginho is the first player in PL history to have 10 consecutive goals in the competition come from the penalty spot.
West Ham have picked up 20 points after 10 matches this season (W6 D2 L2). Converting to three-points-per-win all-time, only in 1975-76 have they earned more points at this stage of a top-flight campaign (21).
Cristiano Ronaldo setting up Edinson Cavani is the first time two players aged 34 and over have combined for a Premier League goal for Man Utd since Paul Scholes assisted Ryan Giggs vs. Newcastle in August 2010.
36 years, 267 days
This, keeping in spirit with Halloween, is kind of spooky. Cristiano Ronaldo (36 y, 267 d old) is the oldest player to both score and assist a goal in a PL game since Didier Drogba in December 2014. Drogba was also 36y 267d and also did so against Spurs.
One for the Arsenal fans — of the goalkeepers to have faced more than two shots on target this season, only Édouard Mendy (89.7%) has a higher save percentage than Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale (85.7%), who has saved 24 of the 28 shots on target he has faced.
Yannick Carrasco is the only player to score a goal, provide an assist and attempt at least 10 dribbles in a single LaLiga game this season.
Atletico Madrid have conceded 10 goals in their first 10 LaLiga games of this season, their highest tally at this stage of a campaign since 2012/13 (11 goals).
Barcelona have taken 16 points from 11 games in LaLiga 2021/22 (W4 D4 L3), equalling their worst start at this stage in the three points-for-a-win era (also 16 in the 2000/2001 and 2002/03 campaigns).
Thomas Muller has scored against all 17 current Bundesliga sides (other than Bayern). In fact, on Saturday, Union Berlin became the 26th team he has scored a BL goal against – among current BL players, only a certain Robert Lewandowski has scored against a wider variety of teams (28).
Bayern have scored 38 goals in their first 10 Bundesliga matches this season, more than any other team in their opening 10 matches of a campaign in BuLi history.
This is Jose Mourinho’s first loss at home in Serie A in 43 games (across Roma and Inter); it was the longest unbeaten home run for a coach in the competition since 1994/95.
AC Milan have become the 4th team in Serie A history to win 10 of the first 11 games of the season, after Roma, Juventus (twice) and Napoli (twice, including this season).
Ciro Immobile has now tied Silvio Piola for the most goals scored in the history of Lazio (159 goals). Immobile, though, has scored his 159 goals in 11 less games than Piola (232 GP).
400 + 150
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored his 400th goal in the domestic leagues (his first goal came on October 30, 1999!). 150 of these have been netted in Serie A.
PSG have won eight points after the 85th minute this season in Ligue 1, at least five more than any other team in the top-flight.
Messi Ronaldo watch
Cristiano Ronaldo scored, assisted, Manchester United won. Lionel Messi did neither, was subbed off at half time, and PSG won.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 11 goals against Tottenham Hotspur in all competitions, more than he has vs. any other English side in his career.
Cristiano Ronaldo both scored and assisted a goal for the 12th time in a PL match, with three of these occasions coming against Tottenham.
An unhappier 12. This is the 12th game of his 942 career senior appearances for club and country in which Messi played 45 minutes or less as a starter (all comps). It is to be noted that he had been marked as an injury doubt prior to the game.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 40 goals for club and country in 2021. It is the 11th calendar year in which Ronaldo has scored 40+ goals (44 in 2020).
(Stats courtesy ESPN’s Stats & Information Group)