Chelsea Boss Frank Lampard on Selection Luxury He Has at Winger

It will be very interesting to see what Chelsea FC manager Frank Lampard does with his first team selection tomorrow night. Will it be a 4-3-3 or a 3-4-3 formation at Ajax in UEFA Champions League group stage competition? Who starts in the wings and midfield when the Blues take to the pitch in Amsterdam?

What about youngsters Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic, who made major contributions in the weekend win over Newcastle United- will those strong performances earn them a starting XI nod here?

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Pep Guardiola Issues Rodri Injury Update, Zinchenko Also Gets Injured

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Manchester City routed Atalanta tonight in Champions League group stage play, but the win certainly came with a a hefty price tag. Rodri, a central midfielder acquired this summer as cover for/eventual replacement of Fernandinho, suffered a hamstring injury tonight and had to be subbed off 40 minutes in.

He had been playing alongside Fernandinho in central defense, as John Stones is not full yet back into the swing of things and Aymeric Laporte remains a long term injury (knee) absentee. Right now, City is short-handed in the spine of the team, and it might get worse before it gets better.

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Granit Xhaka Hits Back at Patrice Evra, Goes on Expletive Laden Tirade

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Granit Xhaka, Arsenal football club team captain, has hit back at Manchester United club legend and Sky Sports television pundit Patrice Evra, who made headlines for slamming Arsenal as a whole yesterday, and specifically the notion of Xhaka wearing the captain’s armband.

Xhaka returned fire today, spraying all the team’s critics in general, but also taking aim at Evra specifically. And the results were, in part, NSFW.

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Patrice Evra in Talks to Return to Manchester United in Coaching Capacity

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Manchester United club legend and Sky Sports television pundit Patrice Evra is making headlines for all kinds of reasons today. He started to become a worldwide trending news topic yesterday, after Sheffield United beat Arsenal 1-0, and Evra he slammed the club as a whole, and criticized the concept of Granit Xhaka serving as the Gunners captain.

Xhaka has hit back at that today, and we covered that in this post. For now, there’s another Patrice Evra story making the rounds, it’s the discussions he’s been having with Old Trafford to return to the club, this time in a coaching role. Evra has been retired as a player since July, and he’s working on earning his badges in his next vocation- coaching.

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Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction (Champions League) vs Ajax

Chelsea FC have a very tough out tomorrow night when they visit Ajax for a Champions League group stage clash.  In Ajax, the Blues are facing a side that’s unbeaten across all competitions since July, a streak that spans 18 games. The UCL semifinalist last season currently sits at the top of the Eredivisie table.

However, Chelsea have some momentum of their own right now, as they are unbeaten in their last five. Frank Lampard’s rebuilding project, which stresses youth and establishing a direction for the future, seems to really be taking shape now.
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Chelsea FC Team News vs Ajax: Kante, Barkley, Rudiger, Christensen

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It’s the toughest UEFA Champions League group stage outing this time around, at least on paper, for Chelsea FC as they head to Ajax in midweek. The dutch side and semifinalist in last year’s competition currently tops group H, with the Chelsea third. The Blues are behind Valencia, by virtue of their loss which is the tie-breaker.

It’s going to be a tough challenge for Frank Lampard’s men, but it will be made even more challenging given how the west London side will be without several key players in this one.

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Liverpool FC Starting XI Prediction at Genk (Champions League)

Jurgen Klopp may opt to rotate his line-up on Wednesday night when he brings his Liverpool FC side to Belgium for a UCL group stage clash with Belgian champions Genk. On paper at least, this figures to be one of the easier matches in Group E play and the Reds midfield is an area that could see some changes from the lineup that took to the pitch at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Then you have the question of Mohamed Salah, who sat out that draw, and might not be full go for this one. All things considered, the six time European champions will come into this match with their foot on the gas pedal given a.) they just dropped points domestically for the first time in 2019-20 and b.) they haven’t sewn up UCL knockout round qualification as of yet.

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Liverpool FC Team News at Genk (Champions League): Salah, Shaqiri, Clyne

Liverpool dropped their first points of the season, domestically, in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United yesterday that probably felt like a loss for them and a win for United. There isn’t much time to think about it though, as they’ll return to action in midweek against Genk in UEFA Champions League group stage action.

The reigning UCL holders are currently second in group E, by virtue of tie-breaker, due to their win over RB Salzburg. Both the Reds and the Austrian side have taken three points thus far from the competition. As for Genk, they have only acquired a single point thus far in group stage action, and currently sit at the bottom of the table.

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Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction vs Red Star Belgrade

These are extremely trying times at Tottenham Hotspur and it likely won’t get any better when they take on Liverpool this weekend. Before that comes a UCL mid-week group stage clash against Red Star Belgrade.

It’s a must win for Spurs as Saturday’s 1-1 draw with winless Watford means they now have just one win in their last seven across all competition. Since the opening day of the season, Spurs have just two wins in 11 games. They are heavily favored to win at home on Tuesday night as they will take on a very overmatched side, but if they don’t, an early exit from the UCL is in the cards.

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Tottenham Team News vs Red Star Belgrade: Eriksen, Lloris, Lo Celso, Sessegnon

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UEFA Champions League Group B match day 3 of 6 will be upon us tomorrow, with Tottenham Hotspur looking to get a result that would flip the script of their group stage efforts thus far. They currently sit third in the group, having acquired just one point and a -5 goal overall differential. Last time out in this competition it was historically bad! They lost 7-2 to Bayern Munich, in a match that was even uglier than that sounds.

They’ll host second place Red Star Belgrade, who have three points and a -1 goal differential. Last year’s UCL runners-up are in danger of not advancing beyond the group stages, but a win here would change the outlook entirely.

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Manchester City Starting XI Prediction vs Atalanta (Champions League)

Manchester City look to make it a perfect nine points acquired from nine points possible in UCL group stage play when they host Atalanta on Tuesday night. The Sky Blues currently lead Group C, having beaten Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb thus far.

They are heavily favored to win here, and thus make it perfect in the first meetings against all the others sides in their grouping. Atalanta have only lost three of their last 16 European matches, however they have lost both of their UCL matches thus far this term.

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Manchester City Team News vs Atalanta (UCL): Walker, Otamendi

Manchester City resume their UEFA Champions League campaign on Tuesday night when they host Serie A side Atalanta. It’s a group C clash featuring two sides that have had polar opposite results thus far. City sit atop the group having taken all six points possible thus far.

Atlanta meanwhile has lost both UCL matches thus far, to Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the team news for both sides.

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