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What We Learned: Sergio Agüero equals Premier League record and Gareth Bale shines in Madrid derby

It was another thrilling weekend across Europe’s top soccer leagues.

Manchester City’s No.10 equalled another record, AC Milan may have replaced two legends while the Madrid derby did not disappoint.

Here, we take an analytical look at what happened over the weekend.

Sergio Agüero might be the best Premier League striker ever

The prolific Argentine forward netted a hat-trick for the second consecutive home game as Manchester City put Chelsea to the sword with what can only be described as a frightening display from the reigning champions.

Pep Guardiola’s side hit four in the opening 25 minutes, with Agüero responsible for two of those. City's No.10 then scored a penalty after the break to complete his treble. It’s his 11th hat-trick in the Premier League, a feat only Alan Shearer can match.

But what is more impressive, however, is the fact the former Atlético de Madrid man managed it having played 212 games fewer.

Since moving to the Premier League in 2011, the 30-year-old has averaged a top-flight goal every 107 minutes. Furthermore, in the 64 games he’s played against the top six he’s scored 43 goals.

Since the turn of the year he’s scored a Premier League goal every 63 minutes. Agüero is in the form of his life when it matters most for City.

It was a game to forget for Maurizio Sarri and his players. It was the first time Chelsea have conceded six in a single Premier League match.

Bale reaches Real Madrid landmark

The Madrid derby was everything the neutrals wanted and more. Casemiro, a defensive midfielder by trade but a Brazilian by birthright, scored a stunning overhead kick to give Los Blancos the lead. Antoine Griezmann restored parity in the 25th minute and it looked as though the neighbours would go in level.

They probably would have had it not been for Vinícius Júnior who aggressively charged into the penalty area only to be fouled by Santiago Arias – a match-up flagged in our preview last week. Sergio Ramos made no mistake from the spot and the away side had their lead back.

Then, just before the hour mark, Santiago Solari made the change. Gareth Bale replaced Vinícius. Just shy of 20 minutes later the Welsh winger put the game to bed with an exquisitely taken goal.

It was his 100th for the club, in just his 217th appearance, and perhaps the biggest goal he’s scored this season with the win lifting Real Madrid above Atleti and into second spot in LaLiga. Los Blancos are now just six points behind leaders FC Barcelona with 15 matches remaining.

The new Shevchenko and Kaká

AC Milan ruled European soccer in the 2000s reaching three UEFA Champions League finals in the space of five years. Andriy Shevchenko was leading the line for the Rossoneri with Kaká the man tasked with supplying the clinical Ukranian.

The Italian giants signed Krzysztof Piątek and Lucas Paquetá in January and fans are already comparing the duo to the famous Milan pairing. With good reason, too.

Piątek now has four goals in just three starts since the $40million move while Paquetá has chipped in with two assists. After scoring in Sunday's 3-0 win over Cagliari, he has his first goal too.

Gennaro Gattuso’s men are currently in fourth in Serie A, just four points behind rivals Inter. Could they finally return to the Champions League, a competition they've won seven times in their illustrious history? 

Ex-Gunner shining in the Bundesliga

Former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry is enjoying life in Bavaria. He’s scored three goals in his last two starts for FC Bayern, with the Bundesliga champions cutting Borussia Dortmund’s lead to five points following their 3-1 win over Schalke on Saturday.

He’s now found the back of the net five times in the Bundesliga in just 929 minutes, as well as chipping in with two assists along the way, with Niko Kovač now giving the 23-year-old more playing time over recent weeks.

There’s now talk that the Germany international could be the long-term successor to either Franck Ribéry or Arjen Robben, with the latter leaving the club at the end of the season.

Portuguese star lights up Ligue 1

He’s been dubbed the Portuguese Kylian Mbappé and while the comparisons to the Paris Saint-Germain superstar may be slightly premature, the hype surrounding Rafael Leão is justified. The Lille man has six goals in his last seven starts and assisted a goal during that period as well.

He’s averaging 0.83 goals per 90 minutes, something only two players aged 21 or under can better. They are Mbappé (1.22) and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jović (0.96). Lille have a gem on their hands and he cost them nothing after he ended his contract with Sporting Lisbon during the summer.

Other things you may have missed:

  • Liverpool's Sadio Mané opened the scoring for the third consecutive match and in the process scored in four consecutive matches for the first time in his career. The Senegalese sensation now has 12 for the season and is just one shy of his best Premier League return.  

  • Paul Pogba just can't stop scoring. The Manchester United midfielder is the highest scoring midfielder in the top five European leagues with 11 and it's the first time the World Cup winner has scored ten or more goals in a single league campaign.

  • Marc-André ter Stegen made five saves as Barcelona held on against Athletic Club to claim a vital point. The hosts finished the match with an xG total of 1.61, compared to Barcelona's 0.69, but failed to find a way past the German stopper. 


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