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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:
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
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 Bruno Fernandes
MF Juan Cuadrado
MF Diego Perotti
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:
DF: Jonas Hector
MF: Toni Kroos
MF: Granit Xhaka

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

posted on 11/7/19

Newcastle (0) 0-2 (4) Leicester
Jesus (Gnabry) Coutinho (Koke)
MOTM - Coutinho
Leicester win 4-0 on Agg

Juventus (2) 1-2 (4) Chelsea
Dzeko
Mbappe, Lewandowski (Pjanic)
Chelsea win 4-2 on Agg

posted on 11/7/19

Newcastle (0) 0-2 (4) Leicester
Jesus (Gnabry) Coutinho (Koke)
MOTM - Coutinho
Leicester win 4-0 on Agg

Juventus (2) 1-2 (4) Chelsea
Dzeko
Mbappe, Lewandowski (Pjanic)
Chelsea win 4-2 on Agg

Chelsea v Leicester - The top two in the league will battle it out to become champions of Europe.

posted on 11/7/19

Tottenham 1(1) - (2)0 Barcelona - 2-2 On Agg, Spurs win on away goals
Icardi(57, Isco)
MOTM - Koulibaly

A defensive masterclass from Koulibaly & Manolas to keep Messi and Co out of this game, Courtois pulled off some magnificent saves to deny the Spaniards

Liverpool 0(0) - (2)0 Birmigham Birmingham win 2 - 0 on agg

Europa League Final will be a repeat of the FA Cup final

Tottenham v Birmingham - Congrats to both teams

posted on 17/7/19

----------------------- Oblak -----------------------
Kehrer ----- Varane ------ Umtiti ------ Sandro
------------- Fabinho ------ de Jong -------------
Mbappe ------------- Pogba ------------ Neymar
------------------ Lewandowski -------------------

Meret, Llorente, Aouar, Chiesa, Bailey, Abraham, Pjanic

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, de Jong, Fabinho & Pogba 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, Lewandowski 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.

Umtiti picks up the CF, Varane 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 Lesta 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. Sandro especially is a huge threat down the left hand side. If either get caught up field I want Fabinho to drift to the side and this allows the fullbacks to make their way to midfield to cover. I want both Varane and Umtiti to go up for corners, with the fullbacks and Fabinho sitting back.

In the centre of the pitch are de Jong, Fabinho and Pogba, Fabinho our deepest player sitting just in front of the CB's he will shadow there AM and not allow him to control the game, Pogba and de Jong have to be disciplined and lend a hand to stop them coming through. Fabinho 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. de Jong slightly higher up the pitch, and our playmaker, he makes things tick in the centre, 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 Fabinho as best as possible and again in possession get it to the front 3 but also look for fullbacks and Pogba 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. Pogba 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 de Jong/Fabinho/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 Mbappe and Neymar will cause them problems drifting in an out, thus allowing Pogba to pick his moment to move into space either as a 10 or out wide. If he does push wide this will allow Mbappe/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 Lewandowski who can beat any defender and the other winger (Neymar or Mbappe) 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 Lewandowski 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 Lesta 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 - Mbappe
Corners - Wingers
Free Kicks - Neymar

Losing -
65 Min - Chiesa for Pogba, Chiesa goes to RW, Mbappe will play just off Lewandowski
75 Min - Kherer to RCB, L.Bailey for Sandro, he goes to LW and Neymar LCF, Mbappe RCF in an attacking 343
84 Min - Pjanic for de Jong, look to open things up against a tiring defence

Winning -
70 Min - Llorente for Pobga, he sits as a out an out DM behind Fabnho and de Jong
80 Min - Chiesa for Lewandowski, he goes RW, Mbappe up top
88 Min - Aouar for Neymar - 4141

Drawing -
70 Min - Chiesa for Lewandowski, he goes to RW, Mbappe up top, a new approach as we use all our pace to hurt their backline
80 Min - Bailey for Pogba, Neymar just off Mbappe and Bailey to LW

if this goes to ET, Pjanic for de Jong

posted on 17/7/19

--------------------- Courtois --------------------
Cancelo –- Koulibaly --- Manolas - Hernandez
--------- Fernandinho --- Eriksen -------------
O.Dembele --------- Isco ---------- M.Asensio
-------------------- Luka Jovic ------------------

Subs:
Etheridge, Alves, Junior, Arthur, Martial, Icardi, Benzema

Captain: Koulibaly
Free Kicks: Eriksen
Penalties: Jovic
Corners: Wingers

Moving the ball at speed will be the focus of our play as we go with an attacking 4-2-3-1 formation today as we aim to take the game to Brum. We go with a side packed with quality and what we feel has the perfect balance. Our strong defensive unit is built on our powerhouse CB pairing of Koulibaly and Manolas. Two man mountains they will look to physically impose themselves on the opposition, both dominant in the air with Koulibaly in particular possessing great speed to go toe to toe with any CF in the world. Behind them we have the superb Courtois and ahead the tenacious Fernandinho. These four players will play a key part in limiting the damage of the Brum attack as we look to keep them at bay.

In attack we have Eriksen, Isco, Asensio, Dembele and our EL specialist Jovic. These five will look to interlink throughout the game, quick, sharp passing with intelligent movement off the ball will form key components of our attacking play. Isco and Eriksen possess a fantastic range of passing with vision equally astute. Asensio and Dembele are two of the top dribblers in the game, they revel in playing at speed, taking on the opposition and both pose a real goal threat whenever they are on the ball. In Jovic we have one of the top poachers around, a deadly finisher who will have a dream supply of creativity behind him. We feel these elements combined will make us a joy to watch and will no doubt cause countless problems for our opponents as we go for goals.

Defence:

We go with a strong defensive unit at the back, packed with experience and quality we look to nullify the threat posed by the oppositions attack. We will look to be dominant 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 with both having great quality in the final third. We look to draw the opposition onto us by sitting deep when they are in possession, we feel we can exploit the space they leave behind and hit them on the counter with the pace of attack.

If the opposition play one up top then Koulibaly will mark. Strong, pacy and aggressive we feel he has all the tools to deal with any opponent. Manolas 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.

Midfield:

Fernandinho will be our destructive force in the middle of the field. A top class DM, we rely on his fantastic reading of the game to break up the opposition play, winning back possession and setting us up on the counter as we look to get the ball into our creative players as quickly as possible. If the opposition play with an AM then Fernandinho will sit on him as we look to stifle their creativity by eliminating one of their main creative hubs. Alongside him we have the creative maestro Eriksen. He will operate in a very different role, picking the ball up from deep and driving forward as we look to open up our opponents. He has license to push forward whilst Fernandinho sits and will at all times be looking for that killer through ball in behind the defence for the run of Jovic to finish.

Completing our midfield trio we have the majestic Isco. He plays in the AM role and has free roam to pull the opposition apart. A technical genius we will consistently look to get the ball into him in an advanced position in the final third. Capable of operating in tight spaces he has fantastic close control which will be key in opening the oppositions tight defence. He will also have Eriksen pushing forward alongside forming a deadly duo in the centre of the park. We play at speed, quick one two passes as we look to cut the opposition apart in the final third. We embrace his creativity and encourage him to shoot from distance should the opportunity arise.

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. Both have license to cut in from the flanks and go for goal, we encourage them to speed and go at the opposition. Draw in their 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. Our wingers will be a constant outlet as they make runs in behind when our playmakers are in possession. We play three up front when on the attack and really look to test the opposition defence with a goal threat from every angle. 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 he look to get in behind the opposition CB’s at every opportunity. A real fox in the box we expect him to receive plenty of opportunities and bury those that come his way.

Subs;

If winning:
70 mins: Eriksen off, Arthur on. Dual DMs offering additional protection.
80 mins: Dembele off, Junior on. 5-4-1 shut up shop time as Hernandez slots in at LCB with Junior at LWB, we tighten up with a solid defensive unit as we see the game out.

If drawing:
60 mins: Fernandinho off, Arthur on.
70 mins: Dembele off, Martial on.
80 mins: Isco off, Benzema on. We move to 4-2-2-2, Asensio and Martial on the flanks with Jovic and Benzema up top as we go for the winner.

If losing:
60 mins: Fernandinho off, Martial on.
70 mins: Hernandez off, Benzema on. We revert to 3-4-3 with Jovic, Benzema and Martial up top as we go for goals, goals, goals.

If it goes to Penalties, spot kick takers.

1. Eriksen
2. Asensio
3. Martial
4. Benzema
5. Jovic
6. Arthur
7. Cancelo
8. Manolas
9. Koulibaly
10. Hernandez

posted on 17/7/19

Pens for Chelsea
Lewandowski
Mbappe
Neymar
Chiesa
Bailey
Walker
de Jong
Pjanic
Sandro

posted on 18/7/19

BRUM vs Spurs

------------------------------------Lafont-----------------------
Pereira----------Marquinhos--------R Dias---------Chilwell
-----------------------Doucoure----------Lo Celso-------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Neres--------------------------------------------------------------Richarlison
-------------------------------------Paqueta------------------------------------
--------------------------------------Haller-------------------------------------

Subs - Lunin, Diop, Paredes, Kessie, Hazard, Anderson, Dembele

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

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. Marquinhos and Dias bring a whole lot of experience and pace to the defence. Marquinhos will use his experience to marshal the defence and Dias 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 + Lo Celso
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.
Lo Celso will look to pick the ball up from deep and use his pace and energy to dribble the ball out. Make runs forward and help our attacking players whenever you can. Play quick passes forward and use your strength to outmuscle the oppo players. Shoot from range if you see an opportunity to do so. When not in possession of the ball I want him to sit alongside Doucoure in the middle and protect the defence.

Wingers
Neres + Richarlison
These 2 will be the focal point of my attack. I want to give them the freedom to express themselves in attack. Richarlison 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. Pereira 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 Haller 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
Paqueta
Paqueta will be playing just behind Haller 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
Haller
Haller 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 Richarlison/Neres to make infield runs ahead of you.

Subs if LOSING BY 65MINS
Put on Dembele for Doucoure and Hazard for Paqueta to bring some more attacking impetus on. Play a high line and try and get a goal. Change formation to 41212.

------------------------------------Lafont--------------------------------
Pereira----------Marquinhos-----------Dias------------Chilwell
---------------------------------------Lo Celso------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Neres--------------------------------------------------------------Richarlison
----------------------------------------Hazard-------------------------------
---------------------------Haller--------------Dembele------------------------


Subs if WINNING BY 80MINS
Take off Paqueta 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. Anderson on for Neres and Paredes for Lo Celso to add a bit more energy into the midfield.

------------------------------------Lafont--------------------------------
Pereira-----Marquinhos------Dias----Diop------Chilwell
----------------------Doucoure--------Paredes----------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
------------Anderson-------------------------------Richarlison---------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------Haller---------------------------------------

Subs if DRAWING BY 75MINS
Anderson on for Neres
Hazard on for Bailey
Dembele on for Haller
Fresh legs to bring on.

If it goes to pens.

1. Haller
2. Richarlison
3. Neres
4. Paqueta
5. Lo Celso
6. Doucoure
7. Chilwell
8. Pereira
9. Marquinhos
10. Dias
11. Lafont

posted on 18/7/19

Europa League Final - Tottenham Hotspur v Birmingham City - ‎Olympic Stadium‎, ‎Baku

Two league rivals up against each other, in a red hot atmosphere, here in Baku.

Birmingham start the game brightly and go close through Paqueta after good powerful play from Haller, unlucky not to go ahead early. They increased the early pressure with another good effort this time from Haller but Courtois tipped over for a corner, Neres whipped it in and Haller was there to bury his header passed Courtois, the GK had no chance to be fair. Spurs gradually got into the game and had a few shots themselves, however, they were weak and posed no threat to Lafont.
Second half Spurs were dominate in the early stages and should have equalised but Jovic was just off target. They did get back in it, when a poor tackle from Chilwell, This allowed Eriksen to put in a cross, he over hit it, but Koulibaly was there at the back post to rescue it, he managed to get it back into the danger area, where Jovic was there to tap home.
Subs were made and the fresh legs of Arthur in the middle gave Spurs that extra burst of energy and Martials pace began to hurt the Brum defence, they pushed them back and finally they got the reward, Martial getting to the bye line and cutting it back to Eriksen, he played it through the defence and Isco latched on to it and buried it passed Lafont. Birmingham went for it in the last few minutes but just couldn't make the break through.

Spurs 2 - 1 Birmngham

Haller(Neres, 17)
Jovic(Koulibaly, 67), Isco(Eriksen 78)
MOTM - Eriksen

posted on 20/7/19

High tempo attacking 4-3-3

We look to play a high tempo attacking game and take the game to Chelsea, controlling possession and the tempo of the game. Rodri dictating the tempo of our play, with Thiago and Koke two hard working options in front that are also fantastic on the ball, allowing us to play fast flowing attacking football. Control possession and find space in between the opposition lines. Get Thiago on the ball and looking to play killer balls to open up the opposition using the pace of our attacking players. Create for Ronaldo, this is his tournament

Using the pace of our wide players, fbs and wingers to create space as we push forward. Creating space for the cms to push into and for the front three to exploit.

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, Rodri reading the play looking to win the ball back as the dm always the deepest of the trio and offering cover, Thiago and Koke will offer inteligence defensively, with the pressing of Thiago and Koke in high areas also important.

Rodri and Tolisso 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 City. 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 Shaw offering width on the left. On the right, Sane stays wide stretching the game looking to take on their lb.


------------------ Neuer
Carvajal -- Ramos -- Laporte -- Shaw
------------------- Rodri
------------ Thiago --- Koke
L.Sane --------------------------- Hazard
----------------- Ronaldo

Subs. Schmeichel, Pavard, Ceballos, Coutinho, Gnabry, Jesus, 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 Ronaldo 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 Chelsea 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 Rodri 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. Rodri will be key, reading the play in between the defence and midfield, getting across to cut out any danger. Koke picks up the most advanced cm. The winger opposite play comes inside and sits on their deepest cm while Thiago presses the space next to and in front of Rodri. Our fb’s have fantastic pace up against their wide forwards, bide their time, not diving in.

Attack.

Get the ball out wide, Rodri spreading the play, Koke box to box 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, Koke 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 Gnabry for Sane. Fresh pace and new creativity to get at tired legs.
If winning after 75 mins bring on Jesus for Ronaldo. High energy and pace as game stretches

If drawing after 70 mins bring on Coutinho for Koke. More creativity.
If drawing after 75 mins bring on Gnabry for Sane.
If drawing after 80 mins bring on Ceballos for Rodri. Go for the win. Thiago to dm.

If losing after 60 mins bring on Coutinho for Shaw. 3-6-1. Rodri to cb, Hazard off Ronaldo, Sane left mid, Carvajal right mid, Hazard just off Ronaldo in a free role.
If losing after 65 mins bring on Jesus for Sane. High tempo and fresh legs. Koke rm in 343

posted on 22/7/19

Welcome one and welcome all to one of the worst stadiums in the world, the Wanda how the hell I got here. The final of the CL is being contested by 2 fierce league rivals Chelsea and Leicester.

Both teams at a near full strongest lineup except for both of them missing one of their first choice fullbacks through injury.

The match starts off in a very cagey manner with both teams content with playing it safe early on. Both teams know that whoever scores first will have the advantage and momentum to win the match. The first real chance fell to Pogba as neat work by De Jong opened up a bit of space for Pogba to shoot from just outside the box but his shot was straight at Neuer. Just before the first half Leicester won a corner kick and Thiago whipped in a peach of a delivery as Ramos leapt up into the sky like a salmon but his header agonisingly hit the crossbar as Chelsea hoofed the ball away before the Leicester players could win the rebound.

Second half starts in a much more fast paced start compared to the first one. Ronaldo creating some space for himself and shooting a powerful drive which Oblak does well to get down to save. Ronaldo gets cheered loudly, the commentators note that there must be a lot of Real Madrid fans in the neutral seating of this godforsaken stadium. Both teams make some substitutions around the 70 minute mark to add a bit more impetus to their attack but both defences are holding firm and not looking like they are going to be beaten. The ref brings an end to the game as this very even match is headed into extra time. There are a lot of tired legs on the pitch. Players like Fabinho and Rodri have to be commended here as they do not look tired one bit as they have both been excellent in keeping the opposition quiet.

But with Rodri bring substituted by the more attacking Ceballos, Leicester get the goal in the 97th minute after Ceballos threads a perfect through ball for Hazard to run into and slot home. The crowd goes crazy! But the saying your at your most vulnerable after scoring is what was to be Leicester's undoing as straight away from kickoff Mbappe made a great run off of the shoulder of Laporte and Pjanic picked him out and young Kylian smashed ball home to equalise. The game stuttered to the end of extra time as both teams settled for penalties as bodies fell to the ground as players suffered intended cramp. All but one remained standing, the god amongst men, Cristano Ronaldo was ready and loaded for the penalties!

Up first is LEWANDOWDKI for Chelsea.

And he SCORES. Blasted to the left of the keeper.

Up next is SERGIO RAMOS for Leicester.

And he SCORES. A panenka penalty straight down the middle as cool as you like.

1 all so far

Up next is MBAPPE for Chelsea.

And he SCORES. Low shot to the keepers right.

Up next is RONALDO for Leicester.

And he scores. A thunderbolt to the far right corner.

The score is now 2 all.

NEYMAR next for Chelsea.

And he MISSES. Just wide of the post as the keeper dived the wrong way.

GNABRY next for Leicester.

And he SCORES. A calm shot to the bottom left.

LEICESTER LEAD 3-2

CHIESA to step up now for Chelsea.

And he SCORES. Great strike to the right of the keeper.

COUTINHO next for Leicester.

And he MISSES. Great save by Oblak as he saves with his feet.

3 ALL!

BAILEY next for Chelsea.

And he MISSES. Off the crossbar how close can you get!

THIAGO next for Leicester.

And he MISSES. Straight into the stands by gawd what a miss! Looks like we are going into sudden death folks!

Chelsea have put down KYLE WALKER as their next penalty kick taker but sadly he couldn't make it due to injury so KEHRER takes his place.

And he SCORES. Shot to the left of the keeper.

CEBALLOS next.

And he SCORES. As calm as you like straight down the middle with the keeper diving to the right.

Up next is DE JONG.

And he SCORES. A rocket of a shot the the keepers left.

Up next is LUKE SHAW.

AND he MISSES! What a great save by Jan Oblak as Chelsea win the CL. Shaw is in tears as he is consoled by teammates as Leicester fans rage at the sight of Pogba dabbing in front of them.

This was a very tight match to call and any team could have won. Commiserations to Leicester and well done Chelsea.






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