Hazard vuelve a contar

Ancelotti apuesta por Hazard. El belga regresa al once titular que el técnico italiano plantea de inicio en el partido de Champions ante el Sheriff. Serán los primeros minutos del 7 madridista en Europa esta temporada, ya que el primer partido contra el Inter lo vio completo desde la banda de San Siro.

Hazard no era titular desde la remontada contra el Valencia, que el equipo blanco culminó cuando el belga ya había sido sustituido por Jovic. Es el quinto partido que Hazard juega de inicio esta temporada. Ancelotti confió en él en los dos primeros compromisos, contra Alavés y Levante, pero el buen arranque de Vinicius hizo que el brasileño se consolidara en la titularidad en detrimento de Eden. El carioca no se ha caído del once desde que tomara el puesto contra el Betis y acompañará en el ataque a Hazard y Benzema.

Camavinga estrena titularidad en Champions

La otra nota destacada del equipo de Ancelotti es la titularidad de Camavinga. Será la segunda para el mediocentro francés, que estrenó responsabilidad en el choque liguero contra el Mallorca de hace seis días. Casemiro sigue inamovible en el pivote, igual que Valverde por delante. El uruguayo, tras actuar como lateral derecho ante el Villarreal, recupera su posición natural en el centro del campo. Ancelotti rota dando descanso a Modric.

Ancelotti recupera la defensa que alineó contra el Mallorca, con Nacho, Militao, Alaba y Miguel Gutiérrez protegiendo a Courtois, que completa el once.

En el banquillo la principal novedad es la inclusión de Kroos, en la que es la primera convocatoria de la temporada para el alemán. Junto a él, además del ya mencionado Modric, esperan su oportunidad Lunin, Luis López, Vallejo, Blanco, Lucas Vázquez, Asensio, Isco, Rodrygo, Jovic y Mariano.

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Mucho notaron los borussen la ausencia de Marco Reus y Haaland en su duelo de fin de semana ante el Gladbach con el que perdieron 1-0. A pesar de no jugar ese partido, siguen siendo duda para el de hoy, capital en sus aspiraciones por no perder la cabeza del Grupo C. El que apunta a estar de vuelta es Brandt, recuperado de sus molestias musculares. También cuenta Marco Rose con jugadores talentosos como Malen, Bellingham o Moukoko.

As a seguir: Erling Haaland. 21 goles en 17 partidos de Champions. El último les dio el triunfo ante el Besiktas en Estambul. Aún con molestias, es fundamental.

Correa sienta a Griezmann

ONCE DEL ATLÉTICO

Duda -aparentemente- resulta: Simeone recupera su tradicional 4-4-2 para la noche de las hogueras. En la que nada puede salir mal. San Siro es prácticamente una final con hedor a guerra, y a ella se alista con Correa y Luis Suárez en punta.

Hermoso cubrirá el lateral izquierdo y las bandas serán para Carrasco y Llorente. Vuelve Koke, que agarrará el timón junto a Kondogbia (baja ante el Barcelona por sanción). Giménez entra atrás y Lemar, buena noticia, ya se sienta en el banquillo. Veremos si tiene minutos.

Alineación del Atlético de Madrid: Oblak; Trippier; Felipe, Giménez, Hermoso; Llorente, Koke, Kondogbia, Koke, Carrasco; Correa y Luis Suárez.

Inside Europe – Allegri must change approach to solve Juve's problems

Life after Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t been so easy for Juventus who have won just three of their opening seven fixtures in Serie A and the Champions League this season.

After starting their Champions League campaign with an away win over Molde, the Old Lady can build some momentum with a good result at home to Chelsea on Wednesday night. But how realistic is it to expect Max Allegri’s struggling side will beat the European champions?

Eurosport Italy’s Carlofilippo Vardelli provided some insight on the troubles currently being experienced by Juve.

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How bad have Juve been this season? Teething problems post-Ronaldo or are more systematic, long-term issues?

After some difficult matches early this season, Juve are finally getting back on their feet, but they still concede too many goals and are unable to control the match from a defensive point of view.

In attack, on the other hand, Juventus are still creating lots of opportunities, but they are not very good at making the most of them. The good thing is that, mentally, there was a reaction [after the difficult start].

Against Spezia and Sampdoria, Juve won by showing their muscles and anger. As for Ronaldo, I would say the problems Juventus have today go beyond the goals the Portuguese scored, which hid a lot of the offensive problems.

Juventus’ Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci celebrates after scoring a penalty during the Italian Serie A football match between Juventus and Sampdoria on September 26, 2021 at the Juventus stadium in Turin

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How differently are Juve playing without Ronaldo? Have they completely changed their style?

On a tactical level, Allegri is experimenting with new things in the possession phase (a fairly compact 4-4-2 that exploits the width on the sides), but it is on a defensive and physical level that Juve are still too far behind.

The Bianconeri have not yet scored a goal in the second half (in both Serie A and the Champions League) and they always struggle after an hour of play. The team have yet to get used to Allegri’s style of play and they may never get used to it.

TURIN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 26: head coach of Juventus Massimiliano Allegri looks on prior to the Serie A match between Juventus and UC Sampdoria at Allianz Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Badolato – Juventus FC/Juventus FC v

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How bad is the defence?

The defensive strategy that Allegri likes to adopt is no longer working – the ‘short snout’ theory (winning games 1-0 or 2-1) that the club likes so much (Andrea Agnelli said he appreciates this theory) is simply out of date.

The midfield and defence are no longer able to cancel out their opponents by defending inside their own area as they were five years ago. Today, Juve must defend from the front. If Allegri does not change course on a defensive level, also including possession as a weapon, Juve will not be able to fight for the title.

Aaron Ramsey has only started the Udinese game – does he have a future at the club?

To date, Aaron Ramsey has been a weight around Juventus’ neck. In addition to suffering many injuries, his salary (€35m a year) has made it difficult for the club to get rid of him. Allegri made him play as a point guard at the beginning of the season, but it was to make up for the absences.

During the season, once injuries have cleared, Ramsay will be able to carve out a role for himself, but he will never be a fundamental player for the Bianconeri.. In front of him in the pecking order, there are Weston McKennie, Rodrigo Bentancur, Manuel Locatelli, Adrien Rabiot and, when he returns, Arthur.

Aaron Ramsey, Juventus 2020-2021 (Getty Images)

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Chiesa is absolutely a totem for Juventus. Honestly, I don’t think Juve can afford to sell him. It would be throwing away one of the few world-class players in the squad. It seems crazy to me. However, if Chelsea arrive with an offer of €150m, that might be the point the Bianconeri sell him.

Finally, How far off the level are they of early pace-setters Napoli?

As things stand right now, a lot. Napoli play splendid football. They score a lot and don’t give away much. On the other hand, Juve don’t score many goals and give away a lot.

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“Chef” Arnold vor Sevilla: “Wir sind keine Spitzenmannschaft”

Heim-Comeback in der Champions League: Fünfeinhalb Jahre nach seinem letzten Königsklassen-Spiel in der Volkswagen-Arena empfängt der VfL Wolfsburg am Mittwoch (21 Uhr, LIVE! bei kicker) den FC Sevilla.

Traf vor fünfeinhalb Jahren gegen Real: Maximilian Arnold.

Traf vor fünfeinhalb Jahren gegen Real: Maximilian Arnold.

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Es war der 6. April 2016, auch damals war es eine Mannschaft aus Spanien, gegen die der VfL Wolfsburg spielte. Es war das letzte Champions-League-Heimspiel für viele Jahre, 2:0 hieß es an diesem denkwürdigen Abend für die Niedersachsen gegen Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo war in die Knie gezwungen worden. Unter anderem von dem Mann, der damals noch junge 22 war und nun am Mittwoch vor dem Duell mit Sevilla auf dem Podium Platz nahm: Maximilian Arnold.

Gegen Madrid schoss der Wolfsburger Mittelfeldchef seinerzeit das 2:0 und somit das letzte Champions-League-Tor des VfL, der im Rückspiel in Bernabeu mit 0:3 verlor. Vieles hat sich verändert seither beim VW-Klub, Arnold aber ist immer noch da, wichtiger denn je. “Mein Spiel hat sich etwas nach hinten verlagert”, sagt das groß gewordene Eigengewächs, das einst als Zehner anfing in Wolfsburg und längst tiefer im Mittelfeld die Fäden zieht. Ist er der Chef auf dem Platz? Die Bezeichnung störe ihn nicht, antwortet der 27-Jährige. “Das passt”, unterstreicht er und schiebt brav hinterher. “Ich bin hier nicht der Einzige, der das Spiel macht.”

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Arnold Maximilian

Erste Saison-Niederlage im Rucksack

Dennoch hängt beim VfL mittlerweile vieles davon ab, wie Arnold auftritt. Wie seine Kollegen erwischte auch er zuletzt beim 0:0 zum Königsklassenstart in Lille oder am vergangenen Bundesliga-Spieltag bei der ersten Saisonniederlage gegen Hoffenheim (1:3) nicht seine besten Tage. Mit sich und der Mannschaft ging Anführer Arnold anschließend durchaus hart ins Gericht. Am Mittwoch wiederholte er: “Man hat gesehen, dass wir mit der einen oder anderen Situation zu fahrlässig umgegangen sind. Vielleicht haben wir gedacht nach fünf Spielen ohne Niederlage, dass wir alles mit halber Kraft oder 80 Prozent machen. Ich glaube, das geht in der Bundesliga nicht.” In der Champions League sieht das nicht anders aus. “Wir müssen das lernen. Wir sind keine Spitzenmannschaft, das ist noch ein langer Weg.”

Den der VfL mit Mark van Bommel gehen möchte. Der neue Trainer schlägt in die gleiche Kerbe. Obwohl Wolfsburg zuletzt Tabellenvierter war und aktuell auf Rang drei steht, sei der VfL noch kein Spitzenteam, betont der Niederländer. “Wir sind auf dem Weg dorthin, aber das dauert.” Begegnen sich der VfL und Sevilla, beide Tabellendritter in ihrer Liga, am Mittwoch dennoch auf Augenhöhe? Van Bommel, der bis auf die Langzeitverletzten aus dem Vollen schöpfen kann, macht es abhängig von der Tagesform, der Coach weiß aber um die Stärke der Spanier: “Sevilla spielt über Jahre hinweg international. Wenn sie nicht in der Champions League spielen, gewinnen sie sehr oft die Europa League. Eine erfahrene Mannschaft aus einer Top-Liga.”

Wenngleich ein etwas anderes Kaliber als Real Madrid vor fünfeinhalb Jahren. Arnold erinnert sich an das knappe Aus im Viertelfinale von 2016. Was ist in dieser Saison drin für den VfL? “Klar wäre es schön, wenn wir genauso weit kommen wie damals. Erst mal aber gilt es, den Grundstein zu legen.” Mit einem Heimsieg gegen Sevilla.

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Tuchel: 'Weaker' Juventus without Ronaldo still demand respect

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says that Juventus must still be shown a great deal of respect, even though Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer at the club.

It has been a difficult return to Juve for their manager Massimiliano Allegri. Juve are currently down in 10th in the Serie A table after six matches which included a shock 1-0 defeat to Empoli at home on August 28.

Juve have failed to hit the ground running following Ronaldo’s departure to Manchester United, with the forward having scored 101 goals in 134 appearances for the Serie A club since his arrival in 2018.

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Nevertheless, Tuchel says Juve have to be taken seriously even though he believes they are “weaker” without Ronaldo.

“They are such a big club,” the German told reporters.

“Yes they have had some troubles, a rough start but they were very convincing in the Champions League. They are reliable. It is a no-brainer, they demand respect.

Time will tell but it is no secret that any team without Cristiano, in some parts of the game, will be weaker.

“They have a deep and big squad, they are a very proud club. It is my first time to play Juventus in this competition and we face a hard competitor.”

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Tuchel felt his players were too passive in their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and must rectify that against Juventus.

He added: “It is a normal thing because you have to adapt to your strengths and weaknesses. We were not happy with our defence against Man City, we were too passive.

“The defensive plan was my responsibility, maybe it led to this passive behaviour. We defended the box over a long period very well.”

Tuchel has ruled out injured trio Mason Mount, Reece James, Christian Pulisic, as well as N’Golo Kante for Wednesday night’s game.

Tuchel confirmed Kante has tested positive for Covid-19 and is now quarantining.

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