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5 biggest talking points from this weekend’s action in Europe

5 biggest talking points from this weekend's action in Europe
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Ace Football looks at five things we learned from Zlatan seeing red to the Clasico drama that unfolded over the weekend.

Old master Bielsa shows ‘magical’ Pep how it’s done

For Pep Guardiola, Marcelo Bielsa has always been a role model. So hearing the Argentine label him as a ‘magical man’ for the way his teams play felt ‘weird’ in his own words.

But whatever Pep was feeling on Saturday, it wasn’t pride. The Catalan could only look on as Manchester City’s usual creative spark deserted them in a 2-1 loss to Bielsa’s Leeds. Stuart Dallas bagged a brace with an injury-time winner to hand the 10-man visitors a shock win at the Etihad.

Penalty chaos in the Clasico

Ronald Koeman was livid and Gerard Pique was seething as Barcelona crashed to a third consecutive Clasico defeat to Real Madrid.

Martin Braithwaite had a penalty appeal turned down. Ferland Mendy grabbed the Barcelona forward inside the box, causing him to fall late in the match. The referee Gil Manzano, however, gave no spot-kick.

Both Koeman and Pique confronted the ref afterward. The former later walked out of his interview after his interviewer wouldn’t say whether Barcelona had been wrongly denied a penalty.

Is Havertz back to his best for Chelsea?

Kai Havertz finally looked something like an €80 million man on Saturday.

The 21-year-old’s Chelsea blues has been one of the biggest mysteries of the season. Thomas Tuchel’s decision to start him as a false nine, however, paid off in the 4-1 thrashing of Crystal Palace.

One goal and an assist at Selhurst Park was a splendid effort, but can Havertz keep it up? Only time will tell.

Zlatan sees red in AC Milan’s 3-1 win

The big Swede went from hero to zero literally.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic assisted Ante Rebic for AC Milan’s opening goal against Parma. Everything seemed set for a routine home victory after Frack Kessie doubled the hosts’ lead until drama struck on the hour-mark.

An argument with referee Fabio Maresca, however, earned Zlatan his first red card in Serie A in 3353 days. He now faces a potential three-match ban, meaning he may not be available again until AC Milan face Benevento on May 5.

With an 11-point gap to Serie A leaders Inter, could this be the final blow to the Rossoneri’s title challenge?

Lingard continues incredible form at West Ham

Jesse Lingard’s incredible u-turn continued on Sunday with two fine goals in West Ham’s 3-2 win over top-four rivals Leicester City.

From being frozen out at Manchester United earlier in the season, Lingard is back in the England squad and perhaps one of the biggest transfer prospects for the summer.

After all, the midfielder has supplied eight goals and four assists in only nine appearances since joining West Ham on loan.

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