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    CHELSEA boss Thomas Tuchel decided to pick a starting line-up that had a decent mix of youth and experience, and it totally paid off.  Marcos Alonso barely kicked a ball under Frank Lampard, but he was given the nod against Burnley at left wing back today, much to the surprise of everyone associated with Chelsea.  2Thomas Tuchel celebrates his first win in charge of Chelsea as they dominated BurnleyCredit: Colorsport He looked rusty initially, which is probably natural after such a long time out, and his first touch was a little off early on. But once he grew into the game, he proved just what a threat he can be in the opposition half scoring a beautiful volley to make it 2-0 to Chelsea.  But he wasn’t the only one who looks to have been given a second chance at Chelsea, with the likes of Jorginho, Antonio Rudiger, and Cesar Azpilicueta all starting the first two matches of the Tuchel reign, and all three of them probably would not have made Lampard’s regular line-up.  In fact, Rudiger and Jorginho looked...
    FRANK LAMPARD should switch his Chelsea line-up to a 4-2-2-2 to help deliver better results on the pitch and save his job. There is a lot more to winning matches than just a line-up, and of course there are plenty of factors behind Chelsea's poor form and current rut. 5 5Frank Lampard's job as Chelsea boss is under pressureCredit: PA:Press Association However, I think there are some things Lampard could do that will help him get better outcomes on the pitch - one obvious move would be to switch formation. It is clear that Lampard has the idea of perfecting the 4-3-3 in his mind, but right now it is not working and teams are finding it far too easy and predictable to play against. I think Lampard recognises this, and that is why we have seen him switch to variations of the 4-4-2 in recent matches. I believe that we need to work on a 4-2-2-2 formation, or a variation of this, in order to not only surprise teams, but to get the best out of our new signings....
    The LA Rams ran the wildcat formation 3 times against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday. One even ended up getting them a touchdown. But what exactly are Wildcat formations? And what makes them different from other plays? Decoding the famed Wildcat formation A Wildcat formation typically means a formation taken by the offense in which a snap is made not to the quarterback but a player belonging to a different position lining up in the pocket. This is a very aggressive play call and is opted for only to create mismatches in the defense. Often the player who snaps the ball is a running back who either runs with the football or makes a throw himself. This formation is only set up to make a trick play. To catch the opposition defense off guard. Many NFL teams have experimented with this formation in the past. And while this formation has enjoyed mixed success, it’s still one used by offenses to mix things up. ALSO READ- WATCH: Davante Adams Scores First Touchdown for Packers Against LA Rams LA Rams run...
    The Catalan elections that, if the evolution of the pandemic allows it, there will be next February 14 they pose an absolutely open scenario, before which the polls on voting intention that have been published until a few weeks ago have expired due to the earthquake of candidates, new parties and star signings of the candidates to preside over the Generalitat. In fact, the polls published in recent days place the PSC candidate, Salvador Illa, on the favorites grid next to JxCat, Laura Borràs, and after ERC, Pere Aragonès. One of the first unknowns to clear is whether Catalonia is ready to put an end to the independence process, and the calendar has been playful because it will be precisely Valentine’s Day when the Catalans will decide whether or not to start the process to rebuild bridges internal between Catalans and external in their relationship with Spain. Until the day the PSC announced that the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, would be the candidate of the socialist party to the Catalan elections, the protagonists were once again...
    REAL MADRID president Florentino Perez has once again called for the formation of a European Super League. The prospect of Europe's elite clubs breaking away from their respective divisions to form a 'Super League' has been mooted for several years now. 4Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has once again called for the formation of a European Super LeagueCredit: Reuters 4Florentino Perez wants Europe's big boys to break away from their respective leaguesCredit: Reuters And in October, SunSport revealed Premier League big boys Manchester United and Liverpool are in favour of the ESL, which would effectively replace the Champions League. While a league formed of Europe's best has been welcomed by many eager to see the powerhouses regularly play one another, the financial ramifications of such a competition have sparked serious cause for concern. Although the departures of the Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A and La Liga's big teams would pave the way for new champions, their exits would result in significantly fewer people viewing the leagues. That, in turn, would have a knock-on effect on the teams left behind, with...
    MAN UTD boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hit back at criticism of his tactical prowess. The Red Devils manager has seen his formations criticised with Old Trafford legends Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand particularly vocal. 3Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hit back at criticism of his formationsCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd But Solskjaer defended his tactical plans and said it would have even suited midfield great Scholes. United head to basement boys Sheffield United on Thursday night on the back of a 0-0 Manchester derby draw and early Champions League exit. Responding to formation criticism, Solskjaer said: "What was the change in formation then, you tell me? "It was a 4-2-3-1 and coming into that pocket is probably Paul's favourite position. Paul did well and the team's shape was as it normally is. ⚽ Read our Man United live blog for the latest news from Old Trafford "Twice we played three at the back – we beat PSG and lost to Leipzig – we played a full game with a diamond and two half games with a diamond."Four out of 22 games isn't bad...
    BOLOGNA boss Sinisa Mihajlovic has furiously vowed to catch a 'spy' within his squad. The Serbian previously suspected a mole, leaking crucial tactical information to the press. 2Mihajlovic's side currently sit tenth in the tableCredit: The Mega Agency So he decided to put on a behind-closed-doors session for the players, introducing them to a system that he had no intention of using. And when details of the session subsequently made their way into the Italian press, he furiously declared that he will find the culprit, before 'sticking him to the wall'. Mihajlovic, 51, said: "I only tried out a new formation to find out who the f*** is talking to journalists. "I did it on purpose because no one was expecting it, so now I’m investigating.” “I swear, if I find who’s been speaking with journalist I’m sticking him to the wall. "I’ll make sure he doesn’t play again. “I’m not actually thinking of changing the tactical set-up, I only did it because we were alone, and today everything’s come out in the papers. "So there’s someone...
    FRANK LAMPARD has used four different formations since arriving at Chelsea last summer - and he has yet to find a regular system that suits his players. He has flirted with a 4-4-2, and a 3-4-3, but predominantly he has used either a 4-2-3-1, or a 4-3-3. 2Mason Mount started to click with new signing Hakim ZiyechCredit: Getty Images - Getty And while it is normal for a coach to change shape, whether it is in-game if things are going against you, or simply lining up differently to suit your opponents, it can have a good effect. But with Lampard, it is almost as if he is still yet to know his best formation or fully trust any of them - which is why he is often changing. But there appeared to be a moment in the Champions League match against Krasnodar on Wednesday evening that made you feel like he had an epiphany on his starting line-up. Chelsea were winning the game 1-0 but started to come under a bit of pressure and failed to really create any further...
    MANCHESTER UNITED host Arsenal in the pick of this weekend's Premier League action. With little rest for either side, the two giants will go head-to-head on Sunday evening after midweek wins in Europe. 4How Man Utd could line-up against Arsenal on Sunday United battered RB Leipzig thanks to a Marcus Rashford hat-trick off the bench, while Arsenal cruised past Dundalk. And Rashford is set to lead the line against the Gunners along with Mason Greenwood, who also scored against Leipzig after being recalled to the team. Anthony Martial will continue his suspension for Sunday's game at Old Trafford. And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could therefore be tempted to send out his Man Utd team in a 3-4-1-2 formation. MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest United news David De Gea is set to keep Dean Henderson out of the team. And Axel Tuanzebe - so influential against Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month - could return to a back-three. Tuanzebe would likely partner up with Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire. However, Solskjaer could opt to leave Tuanzebe out, with Lindelof,...
    BRUNO FERNANDES and Paul Pogba could be Manchester United's Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, claims Gary Neville. The latter has recently been dropped to the bench, as boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ponders how to get the best out of the talented duo. 4Sky's pundits pondered how the Red Devils can get the best out of their £150m duoCredit: AFP or licensors 4A line-up like this could please Gary Neville When in the XI, Pogba has tended to feature in a midfield duo alongside holder Nemanja Matic. But Neville, speaking on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football, wants his former team-mate to change his formation - in order to emulate Pep Guardiola's most successful Manchester City side of two years ago. He said: "I think it's a problem when you have £150million worth of midfielders on the bench. MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest United news "You've got one player who has won the World Cup and been dominant in Europe. "He's Manchester United's record signing and yet can't get in the team. "For me,...
    When in flight, a bird's wings are capable of acting like an automatic suspension system, dampening the effects of turbulence even in stormy conditions. Working with a trained owl, British researchers found that birds change their wing shape and posture to essentially 'reject' gusts of wind. The findings of the study, the team said, could help to develop new designs for nature-inspired small-scale aircraft. When in flight, a bird's wings are capable of acting like an automatic suspension system, dampening the effects of turbulence even in stormy conditions. Pictured, a long-eared owl 'Birds routinely fly in high winds close to buildings and terrain - often in gusts as fast as their flight speed,' said paper author and aerospace engineer Shane Windsor of the University of Bristol. 'So, the ability to cope with strong and sudden changes in wind is essential for their survival — and to be able to do things like land safely and capture prey.' 'Birds cope amazingly well in conditions which challenge engineered air vehicles of a similar size but, until now, we didn’t understand the mechanics...
    OFTEN these days you get used to watching Chelsea take the lion's share of possession in most of the games they play. In the 0-0 draw against Sevilla, they did not really follow the script. 4Chelsea looked afraid to play their normal game against SevillaCredit: EPA Chelsea looked afraid to play it out from the back like they have been used to doing all so often, they looked in fear of making mistakes and had a lack of belief. CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest Blues news But you got the impression that the lack of belief wasn't just in the players, but the management as well. You get a sense that even Frank Lampard at the moment is lacking confidence in his players, and perhaps this is due to the amount of individual errors they have seemingly been making recently. Perhaps even he is more comfortable when the goalkeeper goes long, rather than tries to play it out from the back. The issue you have here though, is there was no aerial threat up top for Chelsea,...
    AFTER a slow start, Manchester United ended the summer transfer window with a bang. With just the £40million signing of Donny van de Beek going into deadline day, fans were rightfully worried. 7Man Utd could consider a system change in order to get the best out of Cavani and TellesCredit: Getty Images - Getty But, in the final hours of the window, United landed both Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles - as well as youngsters Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri. Now, the challenge for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is how to fit both Cavani and Telles into his team - starting with the Champions League clash at Paris Saint-Germain. The Man Utd chief already has difficulty getting Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek into the team together. And now he must figure out how to get Telles and Cavani into his XI - which could mean completely tearing up his plans and starting from scratch. MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest United news Immediately after lockdown, United went on an incredible run of wins, inspired...
    ARSENAL legend Tony Adams has urged Mikel Arteta to switch to a back four following the 1-0 defeat against Manchester City on Saturday. The Gunners boss once again opted to start three central defenders with two wing-backs, though the formation left them lacking in creativity in the final third. 3Tony Adams believes Arsenal should stop playing three at the backCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd 3Mikel Arteta's side lost 1-0 to Manchester City at the Etihad on SaturdayCredit: Kevin Quigley-The Daily Mail And after succumbing to their second Premier League defeat of the season, Adams has declared now is the the time to change up the formation. ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest Gunners news   Speaking to Premier League Productions, the 54-year-old said: "I think it’s time for a back four. I’ve been saying it since the start of the season. "It wins you cup games, it doesn’t win you league titles. If he wants to build for the future. "I think he’s got problems with Hector [Bellerin], I think his defending today wasn’t very good at all....
    RONALD KOEMAN has shuffled around Barcelona's formation and moved Lionel Messi to reignite Philippe Coutinho's Nou Camp career. Coutinho has impressed this season after being given a second chance by Koeman. 4Coutinho has been a revelation at Barca this seasonCredit: AP:Associated Press He spoke on his new-found optimism while on international duty with Brazil. Speaking to the Daily Mail he said: "I'm having a very good time. "I have returned to Spain with a lot of desire for things to go well and it is also what I want in the national team. "Every opportunity I have I want to play great games giving my best for the team." This is in stark contrast to earlier in the year when he was expected to leave Barca for good after his loan deal at Bayern Munich expired. But Koeman had other plans and decided to keep him at the club. Coutinho, 28, has thrived in Koeman's new system alongside team-mate Messi. The Barca boss has ditched the club's 4-3-3 formation in favour of the 4-3-2-1. 4 Most read in FootballLive BlogRED...
    FRANK LAMPARD may be tempted to hand veteran defender Thiago Silva his Chelsea debut for Sunday's clash against Liverpool. The Blues boss has a number of injury concerns as he hopes to cement his new-look sides title credentials during the Stamford Bridge opener. 2Mateo Kovacic is set to return from his suspension to face Liverpool Hakim Ziyech is among the players confirmed absent with the Moroccan international still ruled out with a troublesome knee issue. Fellow new recruit Ben Chilwell trained with his Chelsea teammates for the first time this week as he steps up his recovery from a foot injury. Yet the visit of Jurgen Klopp's side is expected to come too soon for the England defender, who last played for Leicester back in July. CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest Blues news Lampard meanwhile could tempted to stick with the same formation as how his side lined-up in the 3-1 win over Brighton. Mateo Kovacic is set to return in place of Jorginho after serving his suspension, despite the latter's goal against the Seagulls. Ruben...
    MIKEL ARTETA has a wealth of options available to him if he wants to keep his opponents guessing with his starting XI and formation. The Gunners impressed in their opening day 3-0 win over Fulham despite having the likes of Bukayo Saka, Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe all starting on the bench. 6Boss Mikel Arteta has a wealth of options available at his disposalCredit: Reuters And the Spaniard is still expected to further bolster his ranks with the expected arrival of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid. ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest Gunners news   The £27million summer signing of Gabriel Magalhaes has also provided Arteta greater options in defence if he favours a back three or four. With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang set to stay at Arsenal and the arrival of Willian, he boasts a strike force capable of troubling any defence. Here's five ways Arteta could shape up for the rest of the campaign. 3-4-3 6 Arteta opted for this formation against Liverpool in the Community Shield and the league opener with Fulham. His...
    CHELSEA boss Frank Lampard has THE best kind of ‘problem’ on his hands this season – he has too many quality players to shoehorn into his starting XI. The Blues have signed a host of top quality players during this summer’s transfer window and many of these will be looking to become regular starters. 7Lampard must quickly figure out his best XI in an ever-growing squad of talented starsCredit: Getty Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech were all brought in to be first-teamers for the long haul. But as we saw so often last season, Lampard likes to change formations and personnel depending on opposition and form, as well as giving certain players a breather. There is no doubt every single player in Chelsea’s squad will become very important for Lampard this season. That allows the boss the luxury of being able to field a number of different formations We've taken a look at five of the most likely ahead of the season-opener against Brighton... 4-3-3 7How Chelsea could line-up with a 4-3-3 formation Against weaker sides where Lampard will...
    OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER may have to tinker with his formation to accommodate the arrival of Donny van de Beek. Manchester United have agreed personal terms with the 23-year-old and started negotiations with Ajax over a £40million transfer. 3Donny van de Beek's arrival could free up Paul Pogba's defensive role at Manchester United 3The versatile Dutchman can operate in a number of roles across the midfield Midfielder van de Beek missed Ajax's friendly with Eintracht Frankfurt with coach Erik ten Hag suggesting there had been developments. And Solskjaer believes he is the right kind of signing in terms of profile and cost for what is a very difficult transfer window. MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest United news The Norwegian would likely deploy van de Beek in his favoured 4-3-2-1 formation to accommodate all of his most potent attacking threats. The versatile Dutchman, who is most effective in a box-to-box role, also has experience shielding the back four. As an upgrade on Nemanja Matic in a double midfield pivot, van de Beek's arrival could provide the platform for Paul Pogba...
    MANCHESTER UNITED are desperate to sign Jack Grealish this summer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to add the Aston Villa star to his burgeoning attacking ranks this summer - even if it costs £80million. 7Man Utd are confident in signing Jack Grealish this summerCredit: AP:Associated Press 7Grealish's arrival could have repercussions for Fernandes and PogbaCredit: AFP or licensors Villa, in turn, are set to offer their captain a bumper £100,000 a week deal in a bid to keep him at the club. But it's looking more and more likely United land both Grealish AND Jadon Sancho this month, even if it means selling some deadwood to fund the near-£200m double swoop. However, the arrival of the English pair will disrupt the status quo, with Solskjaer starting the same XI over and over again in the Premier League, to great effect, after the 2019-20 restart. Grealish and Sancho arriving could mean Bruno Fernandes being shifted, with Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood dropped to the bench. We take a look at FIVE different ways Man Utd could line up if they sign...
    ARSENAL boss Mikel Arteta is ready to add at least three big-name signings to bolster his squad this summer, according to reports. Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho, Atletico's Thomas Partey and Willian are all at the top of the Spaniard's shortlist as Arteta looks to perfect a 4-3-3 formation, write the Times. 4 Arteta's FA Cup win in his debut managerial campaign has encouraged the owners to back the boss this summer to transform his side into top four challengers once again. ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Gunners news And his transfer budget has been boosted by the £25million cash windfall the club will receive following qualification for the Europa League. Arsenal are believed to be the frontrunners to land Coutinho after being told he is free to leave Barca this summer. A loan move appears the most likely scenario with Barcelona contributing to his £240,000-a-week wages. He also wants to add the experienced Willian who remains in a contract dispute with Chelsea. The Brazilian, who is out of contract at the Blues...
    FRANK LAMPARD is nearing a third star signing of the summer - but how will he fit them all in? After Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner were snapped up, Kai Havertz is reportedly on his way. 6Kai Havertz could be joining Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech at Stamford BridgeCredit: Getty Images - Getty The Bayer Leverkusen star is said to be in talks with Chelsea after telling his current club that he wants to move to West London. Personal terms are described as agreed between club and player yet a transfer fee is still to be finalised. Leverkusen want Havertz, 21, available for next month's Europa League and are holding out for £90million. Here, SunSport analyses how the Blues might line up with all three men in Lampard's line-up. 4-3-3 6 The boss' favoured formation last season, the 4-3-3 fits into the philosophy of focusing on the positions where the squad is strongest. With a plethora of top central midfielders, this setup provides plenty of scope for rotation between these three, Matteo Kovacic and Ross Barkley. Havertz slots in as...
    The first resistance level in the Spanish team is at 7,663 points Technical analysisBREAKING RESISTANCE Iberdrola manages to draw new historical highs after drilling the level of 11.10 euros. The company is moving on a free rise so it seems likely that we could end up seeing an extension of earnings to the level of 11.50 euros. Let us advise you on your investments. Try Trader Watch free 7 days. In the last year we accumulated a revaluation of 292.75%. New sign of strength in Bankia confirming the overcoming of the resistance of 1.13 euros. The formation of a throw back to the unit is confirmed and it seems very important that we can end up seeing an attack at the level of 1.30 euros, prices where the average of 200 sessions is. Good sign in Enagas that manages to overcome the resistance of 22.07 euros. The company gives a new sign of strength that confirms the formation of a throw back at the average of 200 sessions. For the next few days it seems very likely that...
    US jets intercepted two formations of Russian nuclear-capable bombers near Alaska early Wednesday, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The first wave included five aircraft, among them two bombers, according to NORAD, which tweeted images of the interception. “The first formation consisted of two Tu-95 bombers, accompanied by two Su-35 fighter jets and an A-50 airborne early warning and control aircraft, which came within 20 nautical miles of Alaskan shores,” wrote NORAD in one tweet. Some time later, a second, smaller formation was also picked up. “The second formation consisted of two Tu-95 bombers supported by an A-50 and came within 32 nm,” according to NORAD. The agency did not detail the exact time of either incident, writing only that they occurred “early this morning.” NORAD stressed that neither group made it out of international airspace before they were turned off by US jets, including F-22 Raptor fighters. “Intercepting multiple Russian aircraft demonstrates NORAD forces’ readiness and capability to defend the homelands 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year,” said NORAD Commander General...
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