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Champions League

Group A
Leicester City
Portsmouth
Barcelona (Barcelona, Real, Atletico, Valencia)
Juventus (Jubentus, Napoli, Roma, Inter)

Group B
Chelsea
Newcastle
PSG (PSG, Lyon, Monaco)
Bayern Munich (BM, Dortmund, Shalke, Hoffenheim)


Europa League

Group A
Liverpool
Arsenal
Wolves
Lazio (Lazio, AC Milan)

Group B
Tottenham Hotspur
Birmingham
Leverkuesen (Leverkuesen, Leipzig)
Villareal (Villareal, Sevilla, Betis)



Barcelona(Real, Barca, Atletico, Valencia):
GK Neto
GK: Keylor Navas
DF Sergio Roberto 
DF Stefan Savic
DF Nacho Fernandez
DF Thiago Silva
DF Pique
DF Jordi Alba
MF Isco
MF Geoffrey Kondogbia
MF Dani Parejo
MF Kevin-Prince Boateng
MF Saúl Ñíguez
MF Yannick Carrasco
FW Pedro Rodriguez
FW Lionel Messi
FW Antoinne Griezmann
FW Lucas Vazquez

Juventus(Juve, Roma, Napoli, Inter):
GK Samir Handanovic
GK Roman Burki
DF Mehdi Benatia
DF Raul Albiol
DF Daniele De Rossi
DF Kwado Asamoah
DF Mattia De Sciglo
MF Roberto Gagliardini 
MF Emre Can
MF Andre Gomes
MF Bruno Fernandes
MF Juan Cuadrado
MF Diego Perotti
MF Allan
FW Lorenzo Insigne
FW Edin Dzeko
FW Matteo Politano
FW: Jose Callejon

Bayern Munich(Bayern, Schalke, Dortmund, Hoffenheim):
GK: Ralf Farhmann
GK: Oliver Baumann
DF: Naldo
DF: Kevin Vogt
DF: Joshua Kimmich
DF: David Alaba
DF: Niklas Stark
DF: Jonas Hector
MF: Toni Kroos
MF: Granit Xhaka
MF: Florian Grillitsch
MF: Christian Pulisic
MF: Marius Wolf
FW: Maximilian Philipp
FW: Arjen Robben
FW: Sandro Wagner
FW: Thomas Muller

PSG(PSG, Lyon, Monaco):
GK: Alphonse Areola
GK: Anthony Lopes
DF: Dani Alves
DF: Thomas Meunier
DF: Juan Bernat
DF: Presnel Kimpembe
DF: Jemerson
DF: Kamil Glik
MF: Maxime Gonalons
MF: Moussa Sissoko
MF: Victor Wanyama
MF: Giovani Lo Celso
MF: Tanguy Ndombele
MF: Christopher Nkunku
FW: Memphis Depay
FW: Radamel Falcao
FW Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
FW: Carlos Bacca

Bayer Leverkusen(Leverkusen, RB Leipzig, Stuttgart):
GK: Lukas Hradecky
GK: Peter Gulasci
DF: Sven Bender
DF: Willy Orban
DF: Ibrahim Konate
DF: Andreas Beck
DF: Tin Jedvaj
DF: Diego Demme
MF: Gonzalo Castro
MF: Lars Bender
MF: Kai Havertz
MF: Marcel Sabizter
MF: Kerim Demirbay
FW: Xherdan Shaqiri
FW: Jean Kevin-Augustin
FW: Yousef Poulsen
FW: Kevin Volland

Vilarreal(Villarreal, Sevilla, Betis)
GK: Claudio Bravo
GK: Sergio Asenjo
DF: Matteo Musacchio
DF: Marcos Rojo
DF: Joris Gangnon
DF: Gabriel Mercado
DF: Mario Gaspar
DF: Miguel Layun
MF: Santiago Caseres
MF: Ever Banega

MF: Pablo Fornals
MF: Santi Cazorla
MF: Pablo Sarabia
FW: Nikola Kalinic
FW: Gerard Moreno
FW: Luis Muriel
FW: Loren Moron


Lazio (Lazio, AC Milan)
GK: Pepe Reina
GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma
DF: Luiz Felipe
DF: Wallace
DF: Francisco Acerbi
DF: Senad Lulic
DF: Adam Marusic
DF: Davide Calabria
MF: Lucas Biglia
MF: Nemanja Matic
MF: Giacomo Bonaventura
MF: Hakan Calhanoglu
MF: Dusan Tadic
MF: Manuel Lanzini
FW: Andrija Zivkovic
FW: Arkadiusz Milik
FW: Cedric Bukambu
FW: Manolo Gabbiadini


posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Juventus 0 - 1 Leicester
Ronaldo(Hazard)
MOTM - Laporte

posted 2 weeks, 3 days ago


----------------------A.Meret --------------------
Walker ----- Varane ----- Saliba ----- L.Digne
------------- de Jong ----- H.Aouar ------------
Thorgan ----------- Zaniolo ----------- Neymar
--------------------- Werner

Gunn, Todibo, Barella, Chiesa, Abraham, Maddison, Tonali

Possession football, quick on the break and really pressurise the opposition with an in your face performance from the front, we want to hit them quickly so we need to press them quickly to get the ball, when we defend, Aouar, De Jong and Zaniolo just in front harassing the man with the ball before they get to our back 4 and our front 3 in and around the half way line, Werner slightly higher up, this will congest the midfield and allow us to dictate play, stop them coming forward from the back, however, if they do push forward onto us and we get the ball they will be on the back foot and will really struggle with our front 3/4 with Fullbacks who are always ready to pounce and hit them with pace.

Varane picks up the CF, Saliba spare picks up the AM if he gets away from our midfield, keep the forward(s) away from the danger area, get onto them quickly and be strong, take the ball away from them and play it out of defence, look to get it out wide quickly when we have possession, Both are comfortable on the ball so can bring it out when in no danger and look for the pass longer to the forwards to hit them with pace, both must attack high balls to get the ball away from the opposition big men. Fullbacks must keep the wingers quiet, stop them and we stop a lot of there attacks They will look to keep them away from shooting areas and stop them becoming dangerous in any position by standing tall against them and keeping them on there 'bad' foot. When they attack, only one at a time, as to not let ourselves be exposed, they drive down the line in support of the wingers. the two always make themselves available to the wingers. If either get caught up field I want De Jong to drift to the side and this allows the fullbacks to make their way to midfield to cover. I want both Saliba and Varane to go up for corners, with the fullbacks and De Jong sitting back.

In the centre of the pitch are Aoaur, De Jong and Zaniolo. De Jong our deepest player sitting just in front of the CB's he will shadow there AM and not allow him to control the game, Aouar and Zaniolo have to be disciplined and lend a hand to stop them coming through. De Jong must be aware of all that is around him, be in the right place at the right time and look to cover for defensive players moving forward, he has to impose himself early on the AM to make him wary of holding onto the ball too long, once on the ball look around, head up and pick the pass that will get us moving forward quickly always making himself for a return ball from a deeper angle as he he spreads it from side to side then eventually forward he is always looking for the ball to start again if need be, can be out to the fullbacks or indeed a longer ball to the front three to take the opposition out of it as they are still high up the pitch. Aouar slightly higher up the pitch, he will stop the run of play quicker to make our defenders jobs a lot easier, make our midfield very difficult to pass through, protect our defence and De Jong as best as possible and again in possession get it to the front 3 but also look for fullbacks and Zaniolo as they move into space, keep it simple, he has a very good range of pass. Either pass and move(triangles) into space or look for a piercing through ball to our front three to drive onto.Can move forward to assist and look for balls coming out so he can either, shoot or whip straight back in. Zaniolo is essential to our style of play, he is the link between defence and attack, I want him higher up the pitch today so as we break quickly he will look to set up our front three and at times be in an advanced No.10 role and look for the Aouar/De Jong/CB pass. he will follow his pass and make up the numbers up front. When he doesn't drop deep i.e when the defenders go long, he will look to form a front four as they move around and look to tear the defence apart. All of our midfield three must press the opposition and get to grips with this game very early on.

Our wingers are extremely quick, when we don't have the ball they drop back a bit to make up the numbers as they attack, push into the faces of the opposition to force them into mistakes and hopefully in the end they lose the ball, when they do lose the ball we charge at them and we do it quickly, either a long ball over defenders, go through the cms or out to one of our attacking fullbacks.however, the movement up front between Thorgan and Neymar will cause them problems drifting in an out, thus allowing Zaniolo to pick his moment to move into space either as a 10 or out wide. If he does push wide this will allow Thorgan/Neymar to go in central as we will have an attacking fullback up and supporting. Quick passing in triangles that will get us in and beyond their defenders and eventually to Werner who can beat any defender and the other winger (Neymar or Thorgan) who will look to get into space to get a shot off, if there defence is on top then we can always go direct at times and fire early crosses especially from deep from the fullbacks into Werner who will sit on the last foot so he can spring them and have a shoot or sight mentality, we must always make sure he is well supported, if he cant get the shot away he will be looking to bring others into the game by dropping slightly back to get numbers for the attack. We are quick up front so when we hit the opposition defence they will struggle to cope especially as the game comes to the last 10/15ins as defenders tire with the movement and the pace we do it at

Captain - Varane
Pens - Aouar
Corners - Wingers
Free Kicks - Neymar

Losing
65 mins - Abraham for Zaniolo 442
75 mins - Tonali for Aouar
80 Mins - Maddison for Digne he goes to 10 3412

Winning
75 mins - Tonali for Zaniolo drop back
85 mins - Barella for Aouar
88 mins - Abraham for Werner

Drawing
70 mins - Tonali for Aouar, Chiesa for Thorgan
80 mins - Maddison for Zaniolo
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posted 2 weeks, 3 days ago

Arsenal

-------------------------- Lloris ------------------------
Gbamin ----- Kompany ----- Manolas ----- Ricardo
--------------- Grillitsch ----- Martinez --------------
Malcom--------------- P.Foden ------------- D.Tadic
------------------------- Cavani ------------------------

Pickford, N'Dicka, Demirbey, Gelson, D.Costa, Giroud, Sessegnon

Control possession high up the field, pass and move into positions that can hurt them, when we defend we do so as a team with two banks of four and Foden and Cavani harassing the backline and really pressurise them into quick , misplaced passes for us to pick up, in their face performance, especially J.Martinez, Grillitsch and Foden as we try to nullify their midfield and stop them creating chances for the forwards.

Gbamin and Ricardo have freedom to attack, but only one at a time, one always staying back so we will have a back 3, they will bomb down the line supporting the wingers, which will allow the winger to cut inside and support Foden and Cavani. They look to play one twos with the midfield which will get him beyond there fullback and whip in dangerous crosses. Both tough defenders and intelligent so know when to tackle and when just to try and shimmy out wide. When defending and on the cautious side and remain vigilant at all times in the line of four, keep it tight.. Manolas the more mobile and quicker CB will mark the CF, use his strength and speed to keep the CF away from the danger area. Kompany alongside is the spare defender and helps out where needed, bot very powerful defenders, dominate in the air and good on the ball, so when in possession they can carry the ball out from defence and look to send our forwards away. Stay tight as a four and let nothing through. Both up for corners, fullbacks and Javi stay back. When we are in possession the ball will come from the back, so these guys must look for movement ahead of them so they can pick there pass, both CBs are comfortable with ball at feet and will take the ball out of defence to allow them to come on to us before he passes, this will create space as hew will force them to break away from the players they are marking..

Javi's primary role is to win possession and then start an attacking phase. Within this he needs to cover spaces in between the midfield and defence where the opposition’s number 10 will likely to be operating whilst also being aware when the full-backs had pushed forward.Take care of of the No 10/SS is also a main focus, stick to him like glue and stop him becoming a threat, very good in the air so can attack long/high balls before they get to our defenders. Once he is in possession of the ball nice simple balls to those around him.

Grillitsch is our box-to-box midfielder and has responsibility throughout the pitch. He is expected to score goals and create chances for team mates, whilst also helping in the defensive third. One requirement of this role are high fitness levels due to the amount of running they are expected to do. The box-to-box midfielder is more likely to be found on the side of the pitch where the full-back that is less efficient in the attacking third plays to provide balance on both flanks. Foden's main responsibility is to both create chances for the three attackers in front of him and indeed score the goals himself. He will often find himself the furthest forward of the three midfielders and sometimes even in the number 9 role if the correct situation arises. The main requirement of Foden is creativity; he needs to be able to play a pass that penetrates the opposition’s defense or dictates the direction of the attack These three should work well together and between them have everything a midfield needs.

Wingers are going to cause problems out wide, with the support they will have, they will look to push the fullbacks back and get into the danger area. both sides will definitely pose a threat with quick one twos, using Grillitsch/Foden to play around them with the ball going in triangles quickly until the break is on. If fulbacks drive passed wingers they can cut inside looking to make a nuisance of themselves centrally again using Foden to get into danger areas. Both wingers have a fantastic forward to aim for in Cavani so if they get to the bye line then get the crosses in for him to attack.Cavani will get plenty chances, however he must put away there side who will be solid at the back, however I want to bully the slower/weaker of the two/three with the aid of Foden and the wingers and sometimes the fullbacks. Get into positions that he can go for goal or at very least drag players away for other players to drive into the space. Again, target the slower/weaker of the cbs, split them apart to create space, we are quick, so our forwards must hit them with pace to drag them all over the place. He can score from various angles/ranges with hopefully a few crosses coming in he can get up and above defenders for. Can hold it up and look for runners, in particular Gelson and Tadic will be making runs so be watchful of them just to lay it off to the side if he cant go for goal himself. But especially look for Foden/Grillitsch as they time their runs perfectly so a little touch back to him allows him to go for goal.

We must defend as a team tho, from the front, so wingers track back and cover the fullbacks, even just to stop them supporting the wingers, we must drive into them and pressurize them into mistakes

Captain - Javi Martinez
Pens - Cavani
FK's - Tadic
Corners - Wingers

Subs:-

Losing -
70 Mins - Giroud for Foden 442
80 Mins - Sessegnon for Ricardo he goes LW Tadic up top 343

Winning
75 mins - Demirbay for Foden
85 Mins - Giroud for Cavani

Drawing
75 Mins - Sessegnon for Foden, switch with Tadic, Demirbay for Grillitsch
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posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Out Barcelona Barcelona 4-3-3

Midfield dominate possession, with pure pace and skill in the final third.

We look to play our usual attacking game and take the game to Barcelona, controlling possession and the tempo of the game. Control possession and find space in between the opposition lines. Get Thiago and Modric on the ball and looking to play killer balls to open up the opposition using the pace of our attacking players.

Use our high tempo play to create space for the likes of Hazard and Sane in the final third. Hazard has more freedom and looks to find space wherever he can in the final third.

Key to our attack is quick passing play, not looking to force the play but moving the ball quickly. Pass and move. Tire the opposition out physically and mentally with our possession and high tempo play. Predominantly short passing on the deck, but varying our play when a counter is on.

As you'd expect, possession starts at the back, Ramos the man marker next to Laporte who is free. In midfield, Casemiro reading the play looking to win the ball back as the dm staying back and offering cover, Thiago and Modric will offer inteligence defensively, with the pressing of Thiago, Sane and Jesus in high areas also important.

Casemiro and Modric collecting the ball and offering the link between defence and attack, get Thiago on the ball and get pushing up the pitch, let him pick the passes. But we also have great pace, so mix it up going through or over the top to expose the space behind them. Quick one twos between the two and the attacking trio.

The defence will be patient on the ball, will be hugely important in keeping possession and pushing us up the pitch. Playing a reasonably high line, with good pace at the back and energy in front. As soon as we get the ball to our midfield, we look to move the ball quickly, quick passing and moving.

In attack we play with width to stretch the game and open up Barcelona. Get the fbs attacking. One bombing forward the other fb remains a little more reserved offering option to go back and switch play.

Hazard has a free role in attack, with Mendy offering width on the left. On the right, Sane stays wide stretching the game looking to take on their lb.


--------------------- Neuer
Carvajal - Ramos - Laporte - B.Mendy
---------------------- Casemiro
--------------- Thiago --- Modric
L.Sane ------------------------------ Hazard
-------------------- Jesus

Subs. Schmeichel, Pavard, Rodri, Tolisso, Correa, Coutinho, Belotti

Defending in numbers

When we lose the ball the closest player presses the ball, the second closest presses the obvious passing channel. As they’re doing this everyone else bar Jesus or Hazard gets behind the ball into position. Stop them breaking.

In a narrow, rigid formation, we will look to press the space, not allowing them options. Draw them in to positions where they can’t hurt us, and then try and win the ball back. Then get forward quickly.

As Barcelona advance into higher areas of the park and into our half, our shape will resemble a 4-1-4-1. Our wingers will track any forward runs made by their fbs, and Casemiro presses the space in front of our cbs, sweeping up danger in front of the defence, the cms pressing their midfield.

In this tight formation narrowing to the side of play, ensuring there are no gaps in the formation. Casemiro will be key, reading the play in between the defence and midfield, getting across to cut out any danger. The winger opposite play comes inside and sits on their deepest cm while Thiago presses the space next to and in front of Casemiro. Our fb’s have fantastic pace up against their wide forwards, bide their time, not diving in.

Attack.

Get the ball out wide, Casemiro brings the power with Modric and Thiago dictating the play. The trio's movement will be key in opening up the opposition defence.

The cm trio seeking to collect the ball from the defence, and seeking to start our attacks from the back. Spreading play, and setting the tempo of the game. We look to find space between their defence and midfield, committing defenders from there and playing killer balls.

We want quick one twos in the opposition half. Thiago, Modric and the wingers will always be looking for the killer ball. If it is not on, we are happy to keep the ball moving and keep possession.

Subs.
If winning after 70 mins bring on Tolisso for Modric and Correa for Sane. Tolisso offers great work rate and fresh legs, Tolisso is a super sub, and also offers huge work rate.
If winning after 80 mins bring on Belotti for Jesus. Route one option to hold up the ball and bully the tired Barca defenders.

If drawing after 70 mins bring on Tolisso for Modric. More power and energy.
If drawing after 75 mins bring on Coutinho for Csemiro. More creativity, Thiago to dm.
If drawing after 80 mins bring on Coutinho for Rodri.

If losing after 60 mins bring on Coutinho for Casemiro and Tolisso for Modric. Thiago to dm.

posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago

BRUM VS Villarreal

-----------------------------------Lafont--------------------------------
Dalot-------------Kehrer-------Marquinhos---------Chilwell
-------------------Paredes---------Doucoure---------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Neres--------------------------------------------------------Anderson
-----------------------------Bailey----------------------------------------
---------------------------Dembele-------------------------------------

Subs - Lunin, Diop, Zakaria, Sangare, Zaha, I Sarr, Bats

CAPTAIN - MARQUINHOS
CK'S - NERES
FK'S - NERES
PENALTIES - DEMBELE

I want us to hold a deep defensive line to start of with so the oppo don't get an early goal. Keep things simple in the beginning and only pressure the oppo when they get in our half. When we have the ball I want the team to play pass and move football. Don't stay static, try and get in behind the oppo defence as there is a lot of pace in our attacking players. As the game goes on, when we don't have the ball I want the team to defend from the front line and pressure the oppo and try and win possession back. Do this in fits and bursts as it is a tiring tactic.

Defence
Lafont is a quality young keeper. Don't take risks. Punch the ball away if the shot is too powerful. Command your area. The defence is well balanced. Kehrer and Marquinhos bring a whole lot of experience and pace to the defence. Marquinhos will use his experience to marshal the defence and Kehrer will look to use his pace to close the oppo strikers down. Stay vocal with each other and cover for each other if oppo gets past one of you. Full backs will start of with a conservative mind set and not attack too much but as the game goes on I want them to make overlapping runs and get some crosses in to the box. Doucoure will be covering for them when they go attacking.

Defence Mids
Doucoure + Paredes
Doucoure will be the anchor in the middle. Stay back in front of the defence and protect the defence with your life. If the oppo play an AM then stick close to him and mark him if possible. When our fullbacks are attacking then your main priority will be to cover for them. When in possession pass the ball out to the wings or play a through ball from deep to our wingers.
Paredes will look to sit deep and be the gap between the defence and the midfield and play as the deep lying playmaker. When he has the ball I want him to pass the ball forward and try and play through balls for our wingers to run onto. I want the team to use him as an outlet to get play started or when the oppo is pressing us I want him to use his expert ball control to keep hold of possession of the ball. When not in possession of the ball I want him to sit alongside Doucoure in the middle and protect the defence.

Wingers
Neres + Anderson
These 2 will be the focal point of my attack. I want to give them the freedom to express themselves in attack. Anderson will be looking to cut in from the left and Neres likewise from the right. I want you both to try and beat the oppo fullbacks with your pace and dribbling ability but don't try too hard as if you see them doubling up on you you can either pass back or into the centre of the pitch to one of our CM's. I want you both to be aware of our fullbacks and play pass and move 1 2's with them to try and penetrate the oppo back line. Dalot and Chilwell are no slouches attacking wise so use them! If you can cut in onto your stronger foot, don't be afraid to shoot from range as you both have the ability to score from long range. If there is no space to do so then take the ball to the byline and whip in crosses for Dembele to get his head on. When we are defending corners I want both of them to stay near the halfway line so we can hit the oppo on the counter attack.

Attack Mid
Bailey
Bailey will be playing just behind Dembele and will look to help him out in attack. Be ready for passes into your feet and shoot if you see an opportunity. Mix up your attacking runs to throw off the oppo DM. I want him to dribble with the ball and play 1 2's with the rest of the team. Shoot if you see an opening.

Striker
Dembele
Dembele will look to use his strength to get the better of the oppo defence. Be vary of crosses into the box as you are decent in the air, and if you are through on goal, use your expert finishing to score. Time your runs off the shoulders of the oppo CB's and hold the ball up for Anderson/Neres to make infield runs ahead of you.

Subs if LOSING BY 65MINS
Put on Batshuayi for Paredes and Zaha for Bailey to bring some more pace on. Play a high line and try and get a goal. Change formation to 41212.

------------------------------------Lafont--------------------------------
Dalot--------------Kehrer--------------Marquinhos------------Chilwell
------------------------------Doucoure------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Neres--------------------------------------------------------------Anderson
-----------------------------------Zaha------------------------------------
-----------------Dembele--------------Batshuayi------------------------


Subs if WINNING BY 80MINS
Take off Bailey and put on Diop in CB. Play defensive with everyone in our own half defending for their lives, waiting to hit the oppo on the counter attack. Soler on for Neres and Zakaria for Paredes to add a bit more strength into the midfield.

------------------------------------Lafont--------------------------------
Dalot---------Diop---------Marq--------Kehrer-------Chilwell
------------------------Zakaria--------Doucoure---------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------Zaha--------------------------------------------------Anderson--
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------Batshuayi---------------------------------------

Subs if DRAWING BY 65MINS
Zaha on for Neres
Zakaria on for Doucoure
Batshuayi on for Dembele
Fresh legs to bring on.

posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Tottenham Hotspur

---------------------- Courtois
Cancelo --- Skriniar ----- Lenglet -- Junior
-------------------- Fernandinho
---------------- Koke ------ Eriksen
Dembele ----------- Jovic ------------ Asensio

Subs:
Hart, Boateng, Partey, Draxler, Pavon, Benzema, Icardi


Captain: Skriniar
Free Kicks: Asensio
Penalties: Jovic
Corners: Wingers


Team Tactics

Moving the ball at speed will be the focus of our play as we go with an attacking 4-3-3 formation today. Our three CM’s will be key components of this style as Eriksen and Koke offer great quality on the ball whilst they both have the ability to break the lines and play a killer final ball to our attacking trio. We will look to dictate the play and frustrate the opposition, continually make them chase the ball by switching the ball between our midfield trio. The opposition have some dangerous players however we will look to limit their impact by retaining possession, we will force them to track back or risk leaving their defence exposed when we push forward in numbers. We aim to make things uncomfortable for them as we feel that if we limit their ability to have the ball in attacking areas the game will be won.

When the opposition are in possession our wingers drop in as we play a compact 4-5-1 formation. The aim of the game will be to break at speed with our wide players offering an immediate outlet when we win back possession. They will drive forward as we get men up in support of Jovic and carve the opposition open with devastating effect.

Defence:

We go with a strong defensive unit at the back, packed with pace and quality as we look to nullify the threat posed by the oppositions attack. We have two strong pacy CB’s to deal with the threat posed by the opposition forward. We will look to be dominant at the back as we aim to take the sting out of the opposition early on and play on the front foot. Our fullbacks have license to push forward when in possession, Cancelo in particular offers a real threat down the right. Dembele will often drift infield taking the opposition fullback with him which will create space for Cancelo to attack, he will at all times be looking for the runs of Jovic whose movement and finishing is simply world class. Junior Firpo will focus slightly more on his defensive duties to ensure we keep a balanced defence and have plenty of cover to snuff out any opposition counter attack.

If the opposition play one up top then Skriniar will mark, strong and aggressive we feel he has all the tools to deal with any opponent. Lenglet will sweep up and cover in behind, a fantastic reader at the back he will also be the one to bring the ball out from defence. Nothing fancy just look to get the ball into the feet of our CM trio who will do all the damage.

Midfield:

Fernandinho plays in the holding midfield role, tenacious in the tackle he will also be our chief ball winner in the middle of the park. We aim to dominate possession and go with three technically astute players. Ball retention will be key, keep the ball and make them chase. This will invariably open up space for our forwards as we pull the opposition out of space and look to exploit any openings. Eriksen and Koke operate as twin AM’s, both have a penchant for assists but don’t be afraid to shoot should the opportunity arise. With the pace of our front three the opposition will invariably drop deep and if the chance to shoot from distance arises then take it. We look to pepper the opposition with shots as we go for goals in the season opener.

Forwards:

Frightening pace, electrifying dribbling and deadly finishing, we feel our front three have it all. Our wide players will look to take the opposition on at will. Dembele and Asensio both have license to cut in from the flanks and go for goal, we encourage them to utilise their terrific pace and go at the opposition. Draw in the oppositions CB’s which in turn creates space for Jovic to be slipped in and finish. Both will look to make jinking runs into the box where they can draw a foul or drive to the byline and whip the ball into Jovic in the middle. Both wingers have fantastic work rate and will be a constant outlet as they make runs in behind when our playmakers are in possession. Jovic plays through the middle, a player with fantastic movement and real predator. Immediately look to get into the box when we’re on the attack as we look to lay down a marker.

Subs;

If winning:
65 mins: Koke off, Partey on.
75 mins: Dembele off, Boateng on. We move to 5-4-1 as we shut up shop and see the game out.

If drawing:
65 mins: Koke off, Icardi on. We switch to 4-2-2-2, with Fernandinho and Eriksen in CM, Dembele and Asensio on the flanks with Jovic and Icardi forming a deadly strike partnership.
75 mins: Fernandinho off, Draxler on. More creativity in CM as we go for the winner.

If losing:
55 mins: Fernandinho off, Icardi on.
65 mins: Junior off, Benzema on. We revert to 3-4-3 with Icardi, Jovic and Benzema up top as we go for goals, goals, goals.

posted 1 week, 5 days ago

Group A
Portsmouth 0 - 2 Juventus (Dzekox2)
Leicester 2 - 2 Barcelona
Jesus(Sane), Hazard
Messi x 2

Group B
Bayern 2 - 0 Newcastle
Muller, Pulisic
Chelsea v PSG (to be done)

Group A (to be done)

Group B
Leverkuesen 1 - 2 Spurs
Havertz(Pen)
Jovic x 2 (Asensio, Eriksen)

Birmingham 1 - 0 Villareal
Dembele(Anderson)

posted 1 week, 4 days ago

Chelsea 1 - PSG 1
Zaniolo (Neymar 6)
-------------------------------- Depay (Lo Celso 23)

MOTM - KIMPEMBE

Arsenal 2 Lazio 1
Cavani (Malcom 32)
Foden (Cavani 51)
----------------------------------Milik (lanzini 76)

MOTM - CAVANI

posted 1 week, 4 days ago

Wolves 0 - 0 Liverpool

posted 1 week, 4 days ago

Liverpool v Portsmouth
Barcelona v Arsenal
Spurs v Bayern Munich
PSG v Birmingham

Leicester v Newcastle
Chelsea v Juventus

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