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10 Dream Team stats that sound like bulls**t but are actually true

Includes points machine James Milner, a Pope working miracles, and the ghost of Philippe Coutinho...

With the Premier League making way for a week of thrilling international friendlies (yawn).. here are some unexpected Dream Team stats to help wake you up. 

1 James Milner > Mesut Ozil

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Struggling from a big night of scrabble

It’s an age-old football debate, James Milner or Mesut Ozil?

Thankfully for you, we finally have the answer.

Liverpool’s utility man has reaped the rewards of his listing as a defender.

Milner benefiting from rare Liverpool clean-sheets, as well as popping up with goals and assists, have meant impressive scoring for football’s most exciting player.

Mesut Ozil has been targetted by Juventus, and could move to the Italian giants this month

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Ozil has posters of Milner in his bedroom

The same can’t be said for Mesut Ozil, who’s 105 points fall 10 short of Milner’s tally.

2 Bernando Silva is Pep’s go-to guy

Father and son relationship

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Father and son relationship

It seemed like Bernardo couldn’t get a sniff in the City team when everyone was fit.

But he would always come off the bench to see games out.

Despite only being selected by 2.2% of managers, Bernardo has been involved in 45 Dream Team games.

That number of appearances can only be matched by Chelsea’s Willian.

3 Lukaku fan favourite 

Everybody loves me

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Everybody loves me

Romelu Lukaku has had a somewhat hit and miss fantasy football season.

His form has been sporadic, but Dream Team mangers have never given up on him.

The hulking Belgian leads the way as the current most selected player in Dream Team.

Lukaku has been selected by 50.4% of managers, more than Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah and fellow countryman Kevin De Bruyne.

4 Pope makes miracles happen

“I’M THE GOAT!”

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“I’M THE GOAT!”

Nick Pope has a lot to be proud of this season.

His recent England call-up may just have been the proudest moment of his career.. until now.

Burnley’s England goalkeeper has scored an impressive 102 points this season, that’s more than Thibaut Courtois, Petr Cech and any of his rivals for the England No1 shirt.

Gareth Southgate, take note.


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5 Philippe Coutinho is still stealing the show

Liverpool fans, look away now

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Liverpool fans, look away now

Sorry about this, Liverpool fans.

Despite playing his final Dream Team game in December, Coutinho still has 168 points this season, more than a host of top players.

No less than David Silva and Leicester pair Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.

Fear not though, Liverpool fans, at least you still have Klavan.

6 Smalling is actually half decent

Phil Jones’ better half

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Phil Jones’ better half

Another United player who has struggled at times this season, Chris Smalling has had his fair share of grief from fans.

The defender was hit with more disappointment after missing out on a place in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad.

It’s not all doom and gloom though!

Smalling can console himself with the knowledge that he is currently the fourth highest points scoring defender in Dream Team.

No easy feat when you realise he’s ahead of Cesar Azpilicueta and Jan Vertonghen.

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7 Mustafi is a rock for Arsenal

Mustafi and his best friend

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Mustafi and his best friend

When he’s not celebrating offside goals, Shkodran Mustafi can usually be found doing something else hilarious for Arsenal.

Despite all of this, let’s give credit where it’s due.

The German has scored more points than any other Arsenal player this season (126).

8 Daley Blind is still a thing

Still living off that assist for RVP

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Still living off that assist for RVP

Likely to be shipped out of Old Trafford in the summer, Louis Van Gaal’s favourite person is now a forgotten figure at United.

Despite not featuring for United since game-week 19, Blind has still somehow got 94 points, impressive when you consider his limited game-time.

The algorithm loves him; it always has and it always will.

9 Musa is prolific

Remember me?

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Remember me?

Ahmed Musa is the fifth highest scorer for average points… what?!

Okay, granted he only featured in one game week for Leicester.

The Leicester flop scored an impressive seven points during that game-week though, before disappearing into the abyss.

Maybe Leicester should have given him more of a chance? No? Okay then…

10 Juventus’ old boy has nothing on their future star

DAB!!

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DAB!!

For all of Pogba’s theatrical celebrations and incessant haircuts, he hasn’t done an awful lot this season.

His performance in Dream Team has been so average that his points tally of 96 puts him behind more defensive-minded midfielders.

The Frenchman has scored fewer points than overhead-kick specialist Emre Can, Man City metronome Fernandinho, and has just 5 more points than N’Golo Kante.


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