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Messi Out For Three Weeks After Injuring Thigh In Draw Against Atletico Madrid

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid tied 1-1 at the Camp Nou in a very well-played soccer game that was overshadowed by the best player in the world, Lionel Messi, going off with an injury.

Ivan Rakitic scored a header from a corner kick for Barcelona and Angel Correa took advantage of a Javier Mascherano slip for Atletico Madrid, but the real story was Messi's injury in the second half, which will keep the reigning World Player of the Year out for around three weeks.

Serge Gnabry’s Ultra-Violence Won Him The Bundesliga Goal Of The Week

Borussia Mönchengladbach defeated Werder Bremen 4-1 over the weekend, but the lasting memory from the match will be a heinously violent volley from Werder’s Serge Gnabry. 

The former Arsenal winger transformed from footballer to Falcon 9 launch vehicle on Saturday, forsaking touch and control for a more straightforward approach. His controlled rocket displayed a kind of precision and power that aerospace manufacturer SpaceX has yet to achieve in its rocket engines.

Fabian Johnson's Late Equalizer Rescues Draw For Borussia Monchengladbach

Most USMNT fans know Fabian Johnson is a baller left back, but some might be surprised to find that's not normally where he plays for his club, Borussia Monchengladbach. In Germany, Johnson is primarily deployed as a winger, and this 84th-minute equalizer against RB Leipzig shows why.

Johnson would probably feature on the wing for Jurgen Klinsmann's squad too if good left backs weren't so difficult to come by.

Sergio Ramos Hat Trick Gives Real Madrid 1-1 Draw Against Villarreal

Let me explain what I mean by "Sergio Ramos Hat Trick" before you guys get mad at me online. A Sergio Ramos hat trick does not occur when Sergio Ramos scores three goals. A Sergio Ramos Hat Trick occurs when Sergio Ramos concedes a penalty, gets a yellow card and scored from a set piece, creating the ultimate Sergio Ramos performance.

That's what happened against Villarreal Wednesday.

The Problem With Cesc Fabregas At Chelsea

A glance at the current Premier League table reveals an improvement of sorts for Chelsea. Their catastrophic title defense last season resulted in them finishing 10th, while their defense, so renowned for their frugality, shipped 53 goals — more than 15th-place Crystal Palace.

This season, Antonio Conte has been charged with returning Chelsea to their domineering displays of old. The problem for Conte is that Chelsea are nowhere near their peak personnel wise. John Terry, while still a force, will turn 36 in December. 

Aubameyang Launches Bayern Munich Warning As Borussia Dortmund Score 17 Goals In 3 Games

Borussia Dortmund made it a sensational 17 goals in their last three matches following their 5-1 victory over Wolfsburg on Tuesday. This match, combined with their 6-0 weekend victory over Darmstadt and 6-0 Champions League triumph against Legia Warsaw, makes them the hottest team in Europe.

Dortmund climbed to the top of the Bundesliga table, albeit momentarily as they’ve played one more match than Bayern Munich, and Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang couldn’t hide his excitement.

Watching Big Clubs Demolish Small Clubs In The EFL Cup Is Great Fun

One of the most fun things about the EFL Cup is when big clubs get upended by Championship and lower-level clubs, like Everton going down to Norwich City earlier today. Watching giants get humbled by minnows is a delight to everyone not a fan of that particular giant, and it's of particular amusement to fans of giants that made it through to the next round.

Barcelona Using Its Depth To Atone For Last Season’s Sins

In the intense and sometimes ruthless environment that is modern day soccer, depth is no longer a unique trait that teams can do without. It is a necessity. Unfortunately for Barcelona, they were one of the latest and greatest examples of this new reality. 

Last season was shaping up to be one of the best for the Blaugrana, with their striking trio on top form and the rest of the starting XI playing their part. However, by Barca’s ridiculously high standards, things didn’t necessarily go to plan over the final few months of the season. 

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