Former Barcelona captain Xavi claims that Raheem Sterling is fully capable of becoming the best player in world football.

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Former Barcelona captain Xavi has claimed that Raheem Sterling is fully capable of eclipsing Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to become the best player in world football.

Messi and Ronaldo have long been considered as the two outstanding players in world football, but the former will be 33 next summer and injuries appear to be catching up on him.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, will turn 35 in the early stages of 2020, and it remains to be seen how long the Portugal international has left in top-level action.

Xavi mentioned the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Mohamed Salah as possible replacements for the duo as the best player in the world, but the legendary figure has insisted that Sterling "is winning that race".

"Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the best-player-in-the-world awards for so many years now, it's hard to remember a time before them," The Mirror quotes Xavi as saying.

"Messi is the best ever for me - and even though they're both still playing at a very high level - there will come the day not so long away when somebody else must step into those shoes.

"You look at young players who can be crowned the future best in the world and you still think of Neymar, Mbappe, Salah, and of course Sterling. I look at the moment - and Sterling is winning that race."

Sterling has scored six times in six appearances for the Citizens this season, while the former Liverpool winger has struck 75 times and registered 65 assists in 197 outings for the English champions in all competitions.

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Tammy Abraham: 'Chelsea will take anger out on Liverpool'

Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham has revealed that his team will be looking to 'take their anger out on Liverpool' when they face the Reds in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

The Blues suffered a 1-0 defeat to Valencia in their Champions League group opener on Tuesday night.

Frank Lampard's side will have the opportunity to bounce back when they face Jurgen Klopp's side in the league this weekend, though, and Abraham has said that the team will be fired-up after their European defeat.

"(Sunday) is a test of character. We can take our anger out against Liverpool. It's a massive game and both teams will be going to win. We'll look forward to putting (last night's defeat) right," Abraham told reporters.

Abraham has made a flying start to the 2019-20 campaign with seven goals in seven appearances - including a hat-trick in the 5-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend.

Chelsea are currently sixth in the Premier League table with eight points, although the capital side are yet to win on home soil this term.

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Mount’s X-ray reveals no ligament damage and Chelsea star could still face Liverpool on Sunday after horror foul

CHELSEA are refusing to give up hope of Mason Mount playing in Sunday’s blockbuster clash with Liverpool.

The Chelsea midfielder suffered a sprained ankle which forced him out of Tuesday’s Champions League defeat against Valencia after 15 minutes.

But there is no significant damage and it is understood that in-form Mount has ‘an outside chance’ of recovering in time to face the Premier League leaders. Chelsea will continue to assess ahead of the weekend.

Mount was crocked by a ferocious tackle from former Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin and limped off some minutes later.

He has been a key player in only his first season as a Chelsea regular scoring three goals and earning his England debut earlier this month.

His midfield team-mate Ross Barkley is sticking with his job of Chelsea penalty taker.

Barkley missed a spot kick in Tuesday’s shock 1-0 home defeat to Valencia in the Champions League amid controversy.

His concentration was hampered by a stand-off with team-mate Willian who wanted to take it instead.

Barkley said: “When I’m on the pitch, I’ll take the penalty. Obviously I didn’t execute it right but everybody misses penalties. I didn’t score the goal but I felt confident.

“If there was another penalty in the game, I would have been confident to take the pen. You can miss penalties. It’s not the end of the world. We’ve got five more games in the group stage aiming to win but this didn’t go our way.

“It was a disappointing night all round. Our first game in the group stage, our first game at home as well, disappointing. And I’m gutted that I missed a penalty as well.

“We’ve got a lot of good penalty-takers in the squad and on a sheet in the changing rooms it says I’m on penalties if I’m on the pitch.

"Otherwise, its Jorginho. But all players, sometimes you feel confident.”

TUESDAY'S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RESULTS

Group E

Red Bull Salzburg 6 - 2 Genk

Napoli 2 - 0 Liverpool

Group F

Inter Milan 1 - 1 Slavia Prague

Borussia Dortmund 0 - 0 Barcelona

Group G

Lyon 1 -1 Zenit St Petersburg

Benfica 1 - 2 Red Bull Leipzig

Group H

Chelsea 0 - 1 Valencia

Ajax 3 - 0 Lille

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