Liverpool FC Aiming to avoid Spanish nightmare in the Champions League

Liverpool FC visit Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League tomorrow aiming to secure their place in the knockout stages of the competition. Jurgen Klopp’s side lead Group E by a point over Sevilla, with Spartak Moscow three points down in third place.

Reds Defender Joel Matip missed Saturday’s Premier League victory over Southampton with a thigh strain, and the centre-back remains doubtful for Tuesday’s game.

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Antonio Conte Praises His Switch to a 3-5-2 Formation

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Last season Chelsea manager Antonio Conte switched his team formation to a 3-4-3 and a record setting hot streak began. The Blues saw their season take off after the tactical switch and they never looked back, running way with the Premier League title.

Only will time tell how the formation switch impacts this season’s results in the long term, but Conte is at it again, changing his side to a 3-5-2. So far, it’s been dominant as Chelsea routed West Bromwich Albion 4-0 yesterday, to give the Blues back to back clean sheets for the first time this season (the first result was the 1-0 winner over Manchester United on November 5.

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Chelsea FC Injury Report vs West Brom: Batshuayi, Musonda, Moses

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Chelsea FC head to the Hawthorns tomorrow to take on West Brom. The Blues are facing a must win situation, if they are to successfully defend their Premier League title. Manchester City, off to the greatest start in Premiership history, are running way out ahead of the entire field right now, and the Blues really cannot be dropping points too often.

They are close to falling out of title contention for good.

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Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction vs West Bromwich Albion

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West Bromwich Albion host Chelsea FC at the Hawthorns with kick-off time scheduled for 3pm on Saturday, November 18. This match will see the Blues return to the site of their Premier League title clinching victory last season for the time since that glorious moment. They will do so facing a must win situation, if they are to successfully defend their league title.

Manchester City are running away from the rest of the field right now, and the Blues will need to take all three points from this one, if they are to maintain even a remote chance of staying in contention.

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David Luiz Back in Chelsea Team After Antonio Conte Froze Him Out

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Chelsea football club defender David Luiz is now back in contention for a first team place after having been frozen out by manager Antonio Conte in the club’s last outing. Conte has called the Brazilian a “very important” player this season, yet Luiz still found himself dropped, not even given a seat on the bench and pretty much reduced to being a ball boy during the Blues’ biggest game of the season, a 1-0 home win over Manchester United two weeks ago.

Andreas Christensen filled in for the player brought back to Stamford Bridge from Paris Saint-Germain on summer transfer window deadline day 2016, and Conte hailed the replacement’s performance as amazing.

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Roman Abramovich Excessive Manager Sackings Defended by Didier Drogba

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It’s just a fact of life that in modern football, managers have very little job security. Quite often, the boss only has a small margin for error, and nowhere is this more evident than at the Chelsea Football Club of Roman Abramovich. The Russian oligarch and world’s 139th wealthiest man has a very itchy trigger finger for firing those who manage his club.

Abramovich has appointed nine managers in the past 10 years, and there’s been plenty of speculation about the long term future of current manager Antonio Conte.

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Manchester United News: Ryan Giggs, Shirt Sales, Andreas Pereira

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It’s international break, and hence a slower period of news, but there’s still a ton of Manchester United storylines circulating on the internet today. Let’s check out what is going on.

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Chelsea Star Tiemoue Bakayoko Says He’s on the Same Level as N’Golo Kante

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Chelsea FC midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko was brought over from Monaco this summer in a transfer deal that certainly had a lot of interesting plot twists and turns. Bakayoko himself acted in a very bizarre fashion on social media about it, but hey, we all did questionable things in our youth, right?

The Frenchman has since settled in quite nicely at Chelsea, featuring in every Premier League contest but one, and starting eight.

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Tottenham Hotspur May Pose Biggest Threat to Manchester City Title Hopes

Tottenham Hotspur were the last team standing between the last two Premier League champions and their eventual glory. They might be again. If not Spurs, it could be Manchester United or the defending champs, Chelsea, who give table topping Manchester City the best challenge for the title, all of them are long shots at this point.

That’s because Man City are running way with it right now, off to the greatest start in Premier League history, and holding an 8 point lead over United and Tottenham. They have 31 points to match their +31 goal differential in the first 11 matches.

Some are saying they could wrap this up, at least in a practical sense, by the time the festive period is upon us.

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Eden Hazard Calls Former Teammate the Best Player in the Premier League

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Chelsea forward Eden Hazard took home the PFA Player of the Year award in 2014-15. Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City followed in his footsteps the following year. Current teammate N’Golo Kante claimed the honor last season.

The current favorite to win the plaudit this year is an Eden Hazard teammate for country (Belgium), who was once a teammate for club as well. Hazard’s choice is Manchester City tour de force Kevin De Bruyne.

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Man United News: Jose Mourinho, Frank Lampard, Ander Herrera

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It’s international break, and hence a slower period of news, but there’s still a ton of Manchester United storylines circulating on the internet today. The headline narrative is of course the uncertain long term future of manager Jose Mourinho at the club. Here’s a link to more on that.

Now let’s transition to what else is going on. For part two of the news collection go to this link.

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Alvaro Morata Reaffirms How Happy He is at Chelsea FC

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Spanish striker Alvaro Morata moved from Real Madrid to Chelsea in the summer, breaking the transfer fee record for the west London club. His move to Stamford Bridge was extremely publicized and much ballyhooed. There was of course the added layer of Morata being ever so close to joining Manchester United instead.

Old Trafford eventually opted for Romelu Lukaku, a Chelsea target, over Alvaro Morata and thus a club rivalry took on another dimension, and a narrative of comparing center forwards was born.

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