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    Man Utd wonderkid Louis Jackson, 16, starred in FA Youth Cup win and is being mentored by legend Darren Fletcher

    MANCHESTER UNITED have always had a rich affiliation with Scotland.Think Sir Alex Ferguson, Denis Law, Alan Brazil, Brian McClair, and most recently Scot McTominay who have all left their mark at Old Trafford.
    Louis Jackson is a highly-rated centre back at Man UtdCredit: Getty
    Jackson lifts the FA Youth Cup after starring in the final in front of 70,000 fansCredit: Getty
    And in front of 70,000 fans at the Theatre of Dreams last week, it was Louis Jackson, 16, who stood out in the FA Youth Cup final win over Nottingham Forest.
    The Scotland U17 international showed composure on the ball, as well as a calming presence in the backline.
    An avid United fan growing up, Jackson is set to have a bright future in the game.
    Earlier this season, he became their youngest ever youth player when he played for the Under 23s at the age of 15.
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    He’s got by with a little help from his friends too, in the shape of mentor and United’s technical director Darren Fletcher.
    U17 European Championships
    Jackson is preparing for Scotland’s opening game in the U17 Euros – a tough match with two-time winners Portugal.
    But before he went out to join the squad in Israel, it was former midfielder Fletcher who had a word in the young lad’s ear.
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     “Darren Fletcher has been a big help for me. He’s a really nice guy and he makes a point of always talking to me,” he said.
    “He’s always asking me if there is anything I need or any help he can give me.
    “Just before I left to come out to Israel with Scotland he pulled me aside and had a quick chat and wished me all the best. He said he would be watching us.
    “He had an amazing career with Manchester United and with Scotland. Any advice he can give me is a big help. He’s a man I look up to and he’s a great role model for the younger players like me.”
    Victorious night
    Jackson’s confidence in the Scotland squad will be sky-high after he helped United’s U16 beat Forest in the FA Youth Cup final – with the club recording their first win in the competition since 2011.
    Jackson’s ability on the ball and anticipation stand outCredit: Getty
    Scotland U17 international Jackson will be appeared for his country in the U17 EurosCredit: Kenny Ramsay
    Speaking about the occasion, the defender revealed he was blown away by the record-breaking crowd – an amazing 67,492 cheered the home team on to victory.
    Jackson said: “The Youth Cup win was a magical night. It was massive for the whole of the Manchester United Academy and I can’t thank the fans enough for the support they gave us.
    “It’s hard to put to words how incredible it was. For me, it was the stuff of dreams.
    “To play in front of 70,000 shows just how big the Academy is at the club.”
    Impress the new boss
    Now, Jackson will be hoping to impress new manager Erik ten Hag, who left Ajax’s title celebrations behind to fly Manchester and bed in to his new job.
    Future star Jackson is hoping to impress new manager Erik ten HagCredit: Getty
    The youngsters knows he’s at a club that is prepared to give youth a chance.
    “It’s in the Manchester United DNA for kids to come through here,” he said.
    “I’m a lifelong Manchester United fan. I’ve had a season ticket since I was five years old and walking out to a crowd like that was just incredible. It shows how much the Academy means to the club.
    “I made my debut for the Under 23s when I was 15 last pre-season. These experiences are just so good for your career.
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    “The new manager is coming in and he has a reputation for being big on youth, so there is a really good feeling around the place now.
    “It’s important for us to see that he trusted the kids at his previous job because that gives the younger players like us belief.” More

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    Luis Suarez’s seven most tearful moments as football’s emotional superstar cries when he leaves Atletico Madrid

    LUIS SUAREZ might just be the most emotional footballer on the planet.The Uruguayan legend, 35, has regularly shed a tear on and off the pitch throughout his career.
    Luis Suarez says an emotional goodbye to Atletico Madrid fansCredit: EPA

    Over the weekend, the ex-Liverpool star bid an emotional farewell to the Wanda Metropolitano, after it was revealed he will be leaving Atletico Madrid.
    Subbed off in the 66th minute, Suarez waved goodbye to his adoring fans, sunk to the bench, and put his shirt over his face as he sobbed uncontrollably.
    And that’s not the only time the temperamental South American has blubbed.
    Premier League dream blown
    In 2014, Suarez was devastated when Liverpool blew a three goal lead against Crystal Palace in a 3-3 draw at Selhurst Park.
    The result gave Man City momentum in the title race, and the Reds eventually lost out in the end.
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    But that night, Suarez was visibly upset – covering his face with his shirt as Steven Gerrard consoled him.
    “That hurt. That hurt so much. We were so desperate to win it. I knew we had a unique opportunity and we were playing so well,” he later said.
    “It was that desire to get more goals against Crystal Palace that let them back into it and killed us. I knew when we drew that game the league was lost. Everyone was sick.”
    Steven Gerrard consoles a dejected Suarez after Liverpool blew a three goal leadCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Tears of joy
    Months later, Suarez was crying tears of joy after his country defeated England in the 2014 World Cup in the group stages.
    The forward netted twice in a 2-1 win for his country, and after the game in his post-match interview he was clearly moved.
    “Yes… yes.. I dreamt it and I am enjoying this moment together with my team,” he told a South American reporter as he fought back tears.
    “For all the moments I’ve lived and the criticisms we’ve received… well, there you have it.”
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    Suarez’s post match interview after Uruguay defeated England was a moment of joy and tearsCredit: YouTube / FIFA
    Conquers LaLiga
    The moment that became a thousand memes.
    When Suarez led Atletico to a LaLiga triumph in 2021, he wanted to share the moment with his loved ones.
    But, alas, the coronavirus had robbed families and fans an opportunity to join in the moment at the stadium.
    Instead, Suarez grabbed his mobile and made a video call to his family – and it was notably emosh.
    After Atletico Madrid won LaLiga in 2021, Suarez was spotted crying down his phone as he called his familyCredit: Getty

    Injury hell
    Atletico faced off against Porto in a crucial Champions League tie this season, needing a result.
    But their chances were hindered when Suarez was forced off with an injury after just 13 minutes.
    And he didn’t take it well either.
    Again, he put his shirt over his face and cried himself a river.
    Thankfully, Atletico ran out 3-1 winners in the end, so that must have cheered him up.
    Leaving Barcelona
    Dejected Suarez broke down after injury forced him off against PortoCredit: Getty
    As Lionel Messi proved last summer, leaving Barcelona can be a wretch and make the immortal a teary mess.
    Suarez was also affected by his exit in 2020, when he left the club’s training ground for the final time following his Atletico Madrid transfer.
    Incoming boss Ronald Koeman believed he was surplus to requirements, so off went.
    As he waved to cameras and drove off into the sunset in his Range Rover Sport, a glimpse through the windshield showed Suarez with puffy, watery eyes. Sad times.

    The fallout
    Months after his transfer to Atletico, Suarez revealed he was brought to a blubbering wreck in his final days at Barcelona.
    He also claimed he wasn’t even allowed to train with the rest of this team-mates.
    “Those days were very difficult. I cried because of what I was having to go through,” he told Uruguayan media during an international break.
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    THERE is no love lost between Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather.The two boxing legends have struggled to see eye-to-eye – building up a feud that’s lasted over 20 years.
    Mike Tyson, centre, and Floyd Mayweather, right, have shared a feud for over 20 yearsCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
    Tyson, 55, slammed 45-year-old’s Mayweather’s view that there are too many belts in the sport and that “everybody’s a champion”.
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    “There’s never enough belts you know?
    “To say there’s one champion and there’s 10 guys, how long will it take for the champion to fight the 10 guys?
    “Plus they gotta go through each other… It’s good to have three champions because then everybody can get paid… Everybody makes money.
    “That’s what this business is about. Money.”
    As SunSport reveals, it’s not the first time these two have had a difference of opinion.
    MUTUAL RESPECT UNTIL 2001
    Up until 2001, the two were believed to be friends – with a relationship formed on their mutual respect for one another.
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    Initially, Tyson and Mayweather were friends and shared a mutual respect for one anotherCredit: Alamy
    Tyson believes Mayweather played a part in a police raid on his Las Vegas home after he was accused of kidnapping and sexual assaultCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Mayweather’s career was just starting to take off as Tyson’s was beginning to wind down, and there was never any boxing rivalry being in two different weight divisions.
    However, their bromance officially ended when a report claimed ‘Money’ played a role in a police raid at Tyson’s Las Vegas home, after he was accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman.
    It was sensationally alleged that Mayweather was upset with Tyson seeing the girl in question, and he told her to go to the police and make the unsubstantiated claims.
    The cops then descended upon Tyson’s pad, which ended the friendship there and then.
    Tyson has even spoken about the incident to Boxing Junkie in the past saying, “Some serious people said it.”
    However, he has never been able to find evidence that suggests Mayweather was behind it.
    “I’m good with it now… You can forgive, but you have to remember,” he added.
    ‘I’M THE GREATEST’
    Back in 2015, Mayweather made the typically outlandish claim that he was the greatest boxer in history.
    In 2015 Mayweather claimed he was the greatest boxer of all timeCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Tyson called Mayweather “delusional” for his boastCredit: EPA
    With an undefeated record, it’s hard to argue the case.
    But Tyson wasn’t having it – and didn’t mince his words when he heard Mayweather’s boast about himself.
    “He’s very delusional,” Tyson explained.
    “Listen, if he was anywhere near that realm of great as Muhammad Ali, he’d be able to take his kids to school by himself.
    “Ok, he can’t take his kids to school by himself, and he’s talking about he’s great? 
    “Greatness is not guarding yourself from the people. It’s being accepted by the people.
    “He can’t take his kids alone to school by himself. He’s a little scared man. He’s a very small, scared man.”
    TYSON BACKS HIMSELF
    Despite Mayweather’s bold statement, Tyson believes he could batter Floyd.
    GQ once asked the former heavyweight champion who would win in a street fight between the pair.
    Tyson is adamant he could batter MayweatherCredit: AFP – Getty
    Mayweather would face dirty tactics if he ever fought TysonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Mike was unequivocal with his response. “[I would] kick Floyd’s a***… there wouldn’t even be no match.”
    And in an interview with ShoBox, the same question was asked – this time the setting being a ring. But Tyson admitted he’d have to fight dirty.
    “We can never fight, of course, because of the weight difference, but I wouldn’t fight him the way they fought him,” he said.
    “I would be mean, I would be dirty. Because you’d have to do everything to fight him because he’s just so good.
    “It’s impossible to fight him clean. It’s almost impossible to fight him clean. You can’t fight him clean. You can’t fight this guy clean.”
    A HUG AND A JOKE?
    In 2014, Tyson and Mayweather’s paths crossed at a WBC convention at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
    Onlookers expected fireworks as Mike made his way down the line, shaking hands with all until he was faced with Mayweather.
    In 2015 Tyson and Mayweather crossed paths at a WBC convention at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.Credit: YouTube / ESNEWS
    Tyson threw a fist towards Mayweather before giving him a hugCredit: YouTube / ESNEWS
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    Floyd, to his credit, extended his arm. However, instead of accepting it, Tyson threw a pretend right hook inches from Mayweather’s torso before giving him a hug.
    Mayweather didn’t flinch from Tyson’s swing, and bubbling underneath the surface was perhaps some resentment towards one another.
    But only they will know that. More

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    LIVERPOOL and Chelsea do battle in their second cup final of the season.The two teams epically faced off in the EFL Cup, in a game that ended with the Reds winning a penalty shootout 11-10, after both goalkeepers had to step up – and Kepa Arrizabalaga missed his kick.
    Brazilian beauty Larissa Firmino will be cheering on Liverpool in the Cup final
    While stunning Izabel Kovacic will be cheering on ChelseaCredit: Instagram @ izakova
    So, the Blues will be looking for revenge in Saturday’s FA Cup final and to secure some silverware this season.
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    Izabel Kovacic
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    Izabel, 29, launched a successful range of organic and eco-friendly baby products with company Lunilou in 2015.
    She runs the business alongside older sister, Ivana Lucic – which has since branched out selling women’s and men’s fashions, which are made with sustainable materials.
    Izabel has been married to Chelsea player Mateo Kovacic since 2017Credit: Instagram @izakova
    Perrie Edwards
    The most famous Wag on the list – Little Mix singer Edwards has been with Liverpool’s out-of-favour midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain since 2016.
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    28-year-old Perrie has sold over 65 million records worldwide with the girl group, who are still going strong despite losing Jesy Nelson from their original line-up.
    She welcomed a son with Oxlade-Chamberlain in August last year, they named Axel.
    Glam Perrie Edwards has sold over 65 million records with Little MixCredit: Instagram
    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Perrie have been dating since around 2016Credit: Instagram / @perrieedwards
    Chloe Wealleans-Watts
    Fashionable Chloe reportedly dates Chelsea playmaker Mason Mount.
    The model, 22, is a regularly seen on London’s trendy Kings Road, where she gets her fabulous outfits from.
    She is signed to Storm Models, the agency that brought us supermodels Kate Moss and Cindy Crawford, and has been dating Mason since around 2017.
    Chloe Wealleans-Watts is a model who is a regular on London’s trendy Kings RoadCredit: Instagram @chloewealleanswatts
    Mason Mount and Wealleans-Watts have reportedly been an item since 2017
    Isabelle Da Silva
    Careful how you tread with Thiago Silva’s Brazilian wife Isabelle, 35.
    The outspoken missus of the ex-PSG defender isn’t afraid to voice her opinion when it comes to the beautiful game.
    Last season she called out Timo Werner on social media after he missed a hatful of chances against Real Madrid in a Champions League clash, although they have since patched things up.
    He better have his shooting boots on in the Cup final.
    Isabelle Silva is the vocal wife of Chelsea star Thiago SilvaCredit: Instagram @bellesilva
    Isabelle shows her affections towards Thiago at Stamford BridgeCredit: Instagram @bellesilva
    Larissa Firmino
    Gorgeous Larissa, 29, married striker Roberto Firmino in 2017, three years after they began daating.
    The model has amassed almost 540,000 followers on Instagram, on which she shares her glam life with the Brazil star.
    They share three daughters together, and live an idyllic existence together – with snapshots from their exotic holidays dominating her social media feed.
    Larissa Firmino has amassed almost 540,000 followers on Instagram
    Roberto Firmino began dating in 2014 and married in 2017Credit: Getty – Contributor
    Sophia Weber
    German beauty Sophia has been dating Chelsea’s attacking midfielder Kai Havertz since they were lovestruck teenagers.
    She recently joined Instagram, which explains why she boasts under 100,000 followers.
    Not much is known about the brunette, but she appears to be settling into London life – sharing snaps of fine dining and shopping trips to Knightsbridge.
    Glam German Wag Sophia Weber recently joined InstagramCredit: Instagram @sophiaaemelia
    Sophia Weber is the partner of Kai HavertzCredit: Instagram @sophiaaemelia
    Rebeca Tavares
    Tavares, 27, is married to Liverpool’s dogged defensive midfielder Fabinho.
    They tied the knot in 2015, two years after they began their courtship.
    Like Chelsea counterpart Isabelle Da Silva, Rebeca is equally as fiery on social media.
    She once dissed Alexis Sanchez after he committed a reckless foul on her hubby, writing “Bye Alexis” on Twitter, which was accompanied by an angry face emoji, when he received his marching orders in a match against Inter Milan.
    Brazilian Wag Rebeca Tavares once bashed a rival player for fouling her footballer husband Fabinho on TwitterCredit: Instagram @rebecatavares
    Liverpool player Fabinho with wife Rebeca TavaresCredit: Instagram @rebecatavares
    Natalia Becker
    You can be sure Natalia, 31, is in safe hands with Liverpool shotstopper Alisson.
    The couple got together in 2012 and tied the knot in 2015 before welcoming children, Helena, Matteo, and Rafael.
    Liverpool goalie Alisson Becker poses with wife Natalia Loewe on the red carpetCredit: Getty
    Natalia Becker is a qualified doctorCredit: Instagram @natalialbecker
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    But, if there’s anything wrong with the Reds goalie, it will be Natalia who could be his lifesaver.
    After all, she’s a qualified doctor. “I guess that made me a bit different to other footballers, ” Alisson once said.”And, if you don’t feel well, it’s better to be living with a doctor than a model.” More

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    How Chelsea can beat Liverpool in FA Cup Final if Mount exploits Fabinho absence and James targets tired Reds defence

    LIVERPOOL face Chelsea in the FA Cup final looking to secure the next part in what could still be an historic quadruple. While Manchester City have taken the lead in the title race in recent weeks, the Premier League is only one of the four trophies the Anfield club are chasing.
    Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp face off again the FA Cup final at Wembley
    Liverpool’s Luis Diaz clashes with N’Golo Kante in the Carabao Cup final in FebruaryCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun
    They have already secured the Carabao Cup and now they will face Chelsea in the FA Cup before going to Paris to face Real Madrid, in the Champions League final.
    How can the Reds pick up their second trophy? And how can Chelsea pull off a win?
    Who is fresher? Chelsea, of course
    Despite being one of the fittest teams in European football the sheer volume of fixtures will be taking their toll on the legs of the Liverpool players.
    This makes the prospect of facing Chelsea this weekend even more dangerous than it would normally have been.

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    Chelsea have not been involved in the latter stages of the Champions League and as a result, they come into this match with a fresher squad.
    Under the German coach Thomas Tuchel we have seen Chelsea develop a reputation as one of the most tactically flexible and interesting sides in European football and they will be a match for Liverpool in this match.
    Liverpool must be wary of Reece James
    The list of top-level English right-backs at the moment feels as though it is almost never-ending.
    But you can make a real argument at this stage of the season that the Chelsea right-back Reece James has now eclipsed them all.
    As Chelsea attack you can see the two banks of three. James pushes high but comes into the channel and gives the player in possession a diagonal pass which is more effective when progressing the ball forward
    James has put in a series of top tier performances in recent weeks.
    His ability to control the entire right flank of the pitch allows Tuchel to use his central players in slightly different ways.
    In the attacking phase, James will push high and is a threat to stay wide or come into the channels to receive the ball.
    From these areas, his crossing and creative passing are a real threat.
    A large part of the threat that Liverpool pose comes from the freedom that their fullbacks tend to have to get into higher positions and the movement of their front three in coming narrow. 
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    As Chelsea have the ball in the midfield we see James high and wide. He has the ability to find and use space in the final third
    Reece James spent most of the recent game with Leeds in the opposition half, but Wolves managed to keep him pegged back more
    In this match, Andrew Robertson, the Liverpool left-back, will have to be extremely careful when moving high as James is dynamic enough to get forward on the counter to attack the space that the Scottish international fullback leaves behind.
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    This does, of course, go both ways and the Liverpool front three will look to attack any space that James leaves them.
    Tuchel, however, has a ready-made answer to this threat given that he will play with a back three system with Barcelona-linked Cesar Azpilicueta in the right-sided centre back position.
    The Spaniard is of course also capable of playing as a right-back and as such he doesn’t mind being isolated against quick forwards as much as a more established central defender would.
    How much will Liverpool miss Fabinho?
    The Brazilian international midfielder Fabinho had to limp off in Liverpool’s midweek match against Aston Villa with a muscle injury.
    While the early noises coming out of Anfield are positive in terms of him being back in time for the Champions League final it is extremely unlikely that he will play any part in this match.
    As Aston Villa attack in transition several Liverpool players are caught high and having to chase back. Fabinho, however, is already positioned perfectly to break up the attack
    There are some people who believe that the signing of Fabinho at the start of the 2018/19 season was the final part in terms of Liverpool building a team capable of winning the title.
    The Brazilian international holds his position in the centre of the field and is consistently excellent in terms of being positioned in the right place to break up opposition attacks.
    The absence of Fabinho in the ‘6’ position for Liverpool in this match is likely to mean that Jordan Henderson will fill that role.
    Henderson, however, is more of a pressing player and one that will drift forward and out of the kind of positions that Fabinho tends to retain.
    This movement from Henderson will create opportunities for Chelsea if they can take advantage of it.
    Expect to see Mason Mount make these kind of movements to take possession in the channels to the side of Henderson
    Mason Mount likes to drift into pockets of space to exploit defensive gaps
    The English international Mason Mount will likely be key for Chelsea in taking advantage of Fabinho’s absence.
    Mount is excellent when it comes to drifting into pockets of space and he will occupy pockets in the channels to allow his midfield to get the ball forward.
    Is Sadio Mane the new Roberto Firmino?
    For a long time, the Brazilian international Roberto Firmino was the first choice centre forward at Liverpool and for almost as long he was extremely underrated.
    Critics would point to a goals per game rate that was (relatively) low for a top-level centre forward.
    What those people sometimes missed though was that Firmino was one of the keys to getting the best out of the prolific duo of Sadio Mane and  Mohamed Salah.
    Firmino would regularly drop out of the middle towards the midfield and Salah and Mane would attack diagonally into the space that he had left behind.
    Now, as Firmino loses minutes in the first team we have increasingly seen Jurgen Klopp turn to the Senegalese international Sadio Mane to fill that role.
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    With Luis Diaz in possession wide on the left we see Sadio Mane drop into a pocket off the front line. This movement attracts the attention of the Aston Villa defender and Diaz is able to play the ball behind the defensive line for Jota to attack
    Fabinho was pushed back very deep against Villarreal
    Mane is comfortable coming deep to get the ball and his ability to receive the ball and look to get turned to face goal makes him difficult to defend against.
    He still, however, retains the threat to run off the shoulder of the defender and to attack space.
    We have already discussed that the right-sided centre back is going to be important for Chelsea in terms of defending against the threat of Liverpool when Reece James is caught out of position.
    But now the central defender in the back three is going to have to try to deal with the movement of Sadio Mane.
    When the forward drops off we will see whether Jorginho and N’Golo Kante can cover his positioning and block the ball from getting through to him.
    With Liverpool in comfortable possession we see that Luis Diaz has come inside to position himself beside Sadio Mane
    The movement of the likes of Salah and whoever starts out of either Diaz or Jota will be key as they will move centrally and try to attack the Chelsea central defenders who move in to cover the movement from Mane in the final third.
    How will this play out?
    If Chelsea are going to end all talk of a quadruple, they’ll want to get Reece James on the ball as often as possible allowing Tuchel to position the central players in the spaces that will no longer be protected by Fabinho.
    The Blues have nothing to lose – if Tuchel’s clear-the-air talks have indeed cleared the air they could be dangerous at Wembley.
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    Tottenham v Arsenal: How Arteta can unlock Conte’s dogged defence and where playmaker Kane can win it for Spurs

    ARSENAL make the short trip to Tottenham on Thursday night for what is basically a Champions League playoff between the traditional rivals.Both sides are capable of winning – but both sides are equally capable of delivering a shocker of a performance when the pressure is on.
    Tottenham striker Heung-Min Son celebrates with Harry Kane after scoring against LiverpoolCredit: AFP
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    What can we expect? Tottenham to be tight at the back and rapid on the break – but will Arsenal give them the opportunity to do so given that it is Spurs who need the win?
    Last weekend we saw Antonio Conte’s Spurs side frustrate a previously dominant Liverpool side and hold them to a 1-1 draw.
    While the match was relatively unremarkable the comments made afterwards by the Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp were not.
    Klopp was critical of the Spurs game plan and in particular the fact that they were willing to allow Liverpool to have the majority of possession as the North London side looked to sit deep and then attack Liverpool on the counter.
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    Naughty Tottenham, not just opening up and letting Liverpool get in behind.
    Given that Spurs were able to hold Liverpool to a draw, however, there has to be some justification of the style of play that we saw from Conte’s side.
    The former Serie A coach has shown himself once again to be a tactically intelligent and versatile coach.
    The question now though is whether we will see the same approach or even something similar in the upcoming North London derby.
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    Against Liverpool we saw Spurs defend in an extremely compact defensive shape. There was little or no effective space between the spurs defensive line and midfield and this made it hard for Liverpool to play into the final third
    As Tottenham have to win and they are at home, you’d expect to see them be a little more proactive, wouldn’t you?
    Will this make Conte and his coaching staff be more forward-thinking going into this game?
    The truth is that there is danger in that as Arsenal have developed into one of the most interesting and effective attacking sides in the Premier League.
    If Spurs sit off then Arsenal are more patient than Liverpool – but if they are more attacking then Arsenal also have the ability to attack quickly on the counter.
    We think that Spurs will initially look to defend in a more compact shape – although they are likely to try to get on the ball more than they did against Liverpool – and turn it into a second-half smash and grab led by Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son with Dejan Kulusevski being the getaway driver.
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    How will Spurs defend?
    Well, in the first instance we already know that Spurs will look to play with a back three in this match although when they are defending the wing-backs are quick to drop back in and form a back five on the defensive line. 
    With the back three system, we still tend to see Spurs avoid man-marking the opposition attacker.
    The presence of Hojbjerg and Bentancur in front of the defensive line is key. They are intelligent in their positioning and break up opposition attacks before they can get through to the defensive line
    Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was very disciplined and kept it tight against Liverpool
    Instead, the three central defenders will defend zonally and pass players on while maintaining their own position.
    This, when combined with the wing-backs dropping back and the two midfielders sitting in front of the defence, makes it exceptionally difficult to break Spurs down when they are organised.
    Arsenal have impressed recently with their flexibility in terms of the way that they attack and they will use movement from the midfield, and especially Martin Odegaard, to try to break through the Spurs defensive system.
    This is why it is going to be important for Spurs to sit in a compact shape and not be attracted out towards the ball when Arsenal are in possession.
    Here, the structure from Arsenal as they build up the play is versatile. Tomiyasu, at RB, stays deep as part of the defensive line while Nuno Tavares, at LB, moves high
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    The January signing by Spurs of the Uruguayan international midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur has been key in strengthening the middle of the pitch for Spurs.
    While he is capable of passing and progressing the ball effectively he is also an extremely smart footballer who combines well with Hojbjerg in the centre of the midfield to stop the opposition from being able to comfortably play through the centre and into the feet of the defenders.
    They block passing lanes extremely well and will make life difficult for the Arsenal midfield in this match.
    Can Arsenal break Spurs down?
    At the start of this season if we were asked whether Arsenal had the players or the system to break down teams who sat back and invited them to attack then the answer would have been a resounding no.
    Tomiyasu has carried the ball forward and Odegaard is smart enough to get out of the way and to find space wide where he can receive the ball
    At that point under their coach Mikel Arteta, there is no doubt that Arsenal were more effective on the counter-attack and they were often accused of overplaying when they were trying to play out from the back.
    Now, Arsenal are versatile in their approach and the patterns that they use when they are building the attack.
    This is especially true when they have the Japanese international Takehiro Tomiyasu in their team. Tomiyasu plays at right-back but he is tactically intelligent.
    He will hold deeper positions to give the central defenders options as they build out.
    On the opposite side, the left back for Arsenal will typically go forward aggressively.
    Mohamed Elneny was looking to attack against Leeds
    This different shape on either side of the pitch is difficult for teams who are extremely organised defensively to defend against as defenders will be pulled into areas that they are not supposed to be in.
    When they are building out against a more structured defensive unit we can expect to see Arsenal use forward runs in possession to unbalance the opposition.
    The likes of Thomas Partey, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Ben White are especially good when carrying the ball forward.
    Watch out for the movement ahead of the ball of ex-Real Madrid player Martin Odegaard as the Norwegian international will read the positioning of the Spurs defensive players and find spaces around them in which he can receive the ball.
    Spurs will look to attack on the counter
    Given that Arsenal will look to push players forward in order to attack and break down Spurs defensive shape in this game they will be vulnerable to the counterattack.
    Spurs are extremely dangerous when countering because of the skill sets of their three forward players.
    As Kane receives the ball in the opposition half both Son and Kulusevski are running to take advantage of the lack of organisation from Liverpool
    Kulusevski, Son and Kane are all dangerous forward players in their own right but when they play together they go to another level.
    One of the most important things for Spurs in this match will be finding Kane in space from where he can turn and affect the game.
    Although he is a central striker his ability to drop deep to receive and his passing ability creates a huge amount of threat for his team.
    We can see how out of shape Liverpool are as they have had to push so many players forward to try to break down the defensive block of Spurs

    Kane has become a dangerous playmaker and his willingness to drop deep allows the two central midfielders for Spurs to defend deep and not push forward and out of shape too early.
    As he receives the ball in the midfield we tend to see the other attacking players from Spurs look to run immediately behind the defensive line as they know that the England skipper has the passing ability to find them.
    The pace and movement of the South Korean striker Son will be particularly important in this match.
    Expect to see him looking to come inside and play off the shoulder of the right-sided central defender for Arsenal consistently. 
    How will it play out?
    As much as the man on the street would say Tottenham need to go for this game, you suspect Conte will approach it with a lot more caution.
    If they go too gung-ho from the start, Arsenal have the ability to take advantage of the spaces and pick them off. 
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    However, if Arsenal also approach the game with plenty of caution given that they’ll take a point from this all day long then we could see a frustrating stalemate that the Gunners will treat as a win.
    Something has to give but we believe nothing will – we can see this finishing a draw and it being as they were at kick-off, with Arsenal one step closer to achieving Champions League qualification.
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    How Man City signing Erling Haaland, born to a footballer dad and heptathlon champion mum, became hot property

    THE saga of where Erling Haaland will be playing his football is over.The Norwegian hotshot, 21, who was chased by Europe’s biggest clubs including Real Madrid and Barcelona, is joining Manchester City, the club have confirmed.
    Erling Haaland has reportedly agreed a deal with Man City worth £375,000 a weekCredit: Getty
    Haaland, centre, grew up in a sporting family with dad a footballer and mum a heptathleteCredit: Instagram@gabriellehaaland
    Pep Guardiola’s side have triggered his £51million release clause, and reportedly agreed a deal worth a staggering £375,000-per-week for the towering centre-forward.
    Haaland was born in Leeds to a sport-mad family.
    His father, Alf-Inge famously played for Nottingham Forest, Leeds United and Manchester City, while his mum was a heptathlon champion in her homeland.
    Erling was raised in the town of Bryne from the age of three, where he discovered his own sporting prowess.
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    This is the making of Erling Haaland.
    Family ties
    The Haaland we recognise today is the powerhouse Borussia Dortmund goal-getter with an incredible scoring record.
    But before his 6ft4in frame was towering over defenders in the Bundesliga, he was just a football obsessed kid playing for fun with kids in the park.
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    His family, that includes elder siblings Astor and Gabrielle, moved to Bryne as dad Alf-Inge’s football career began to peter out.
    A hard-tackling midfielder, Haaland Sr spent 10 years on our shores – playing for Nottingham Forest, Leeds and finally Manchester City.
    He also earned 34 caps for his country, but he is best remembered for clashing with Roy Keane on the pitch.
    Keane famously committed a horror tackle on his adversary during a Manchester derby in 2001, which he admitted was done purposefully, after he felt Haaland had injured him on purpose in a previous encounter.
    Not much is known about mother, Gry Marita Braut’s achievements in the sports world.
    But in Norway she was recognised as a national champion heptathlete in the 1990s.
    Amusingly, Graeme Souness – who didn’t know that fact at the time – alluded to him taking after his mum, when it came to his football ability.
    “He’s always on the half turn, he’s not squared up looking at his own goal. He’s really pacey. He’s got that sixth sense that all the top strikers have,” Souness told Virgin Media, when purring about the talent.
    “He’s in the right place at the right time. He looks like he’s quicker than anyone, he’s bigger than anyone. He’s got a great chance of being a top man, hasn’t he?
    “His mother must have been a good player because his dad was a plodder.”
    Erling Haaland was the youngest of his siblings growing up
    Haaland, to the left of brother Astor, wore Man City kits because his dad played for them
    Dad Alf-Inge Haaland played on our shores for 10 years
    Sporting genes
    With athletes as parents, Erling had a very good chance of being sporty.
    Although he enjoyed playing football, he competed in a variety of sports up to the age of five.
    And incredibly, he still holds a world record for the longest standing jump ever recorded by a five-year-old, according to International Age Records.
    On January 22, 2006, he produced an astonishing leap of 1.63m and became the highest-jumping five-year-old in the world.
    Alf-Inge revealed he made sure his son would “test” himself in a whole host of sports before choosing football.
    Confirming the record, he told Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet: “It was before [Erling] started playing football.
    “We used to take him to athletics so he could test himself. Erling played handball, athletics and cross-country skiing till he turned 14. Norway’s handball manager wanted him to play handball.”
    He added: “I thought it was nice to play tennis and handball next door.
    “Versatility is important. You get to develop completely different sides of the body, and that can be positive no matter what you do.”
    A natural athlete, Haaland excelled at a variety of sports growing upCredit: Instagram
    Father Alf-Inge stressed to his son the importance of playing different sportsCredit: Instagram

    However, that same year Erling chose football and signed up with Bryne FK, where his father’s dreams started.
    Slowly, the natural sportsman would climb through the ranks, playing a year ahead of his age.
    “He always scored a lot,” Alf Ingve Berntsen, his coach at the time, told AFP.
    “When he was 12, he started playing with the 13-year-olds and kept scoring. When he was selected for the regional team, he scored again.
    “Then, when he was 15, he was called up to the (youth) national team and… he scored.
    “We saw quite quickly that he could become a very big name. But we didn’t think it would happen so quickly, that he would be a top scorer in the Champions League at the age of 19-20.”
    First team debut
    Growing up, Erling was light.
    However, a sudden growth spurt at 14 gave an indication he would become the hulk he is today.
    “He was very skinny but we knew his genetics were very good,” Berntsen told Sky Sports.
    “We had to be patient and give him time to grow. Imagine what this guy will do when he has muscles.”
    Bernsten added: “That is the good thing about growing late.
    FK Bryne were the first club to give Haaland a deal
    A slight teenager, Haaland filled out when he got older
    “He had a longer period to develop those technical skills. It is why you should not always look at what a player is doing on the pitch but what they are trying to do.
    “Sometimes, you see a player trying to do something good but their body is growing and does not respond.”
    Already a phenomenon, and streets ahead of everyone around him, Haaland was physically ready for his first-team debut.
    So, it came no surprise that three months before he turned 16 he made his debut for Bryne in Norway’s top division.
    He would play a further 16 times in his debut campaign. And although he failed to find the net, he left an impression on a Norwegian goalscoring legend.
    Molde-d into a prolific striker
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fell in love with Haaland the moment he saw him play.
    In 2017, the Man Utd legend, who was coaching Molde in Norway, added the wonderkid to his squad.
    “It was just natural that a great talent like Erling would move to Molde,” former Norway hitman Jan Age Fjortoft said.
    “As many Norwegian talents had done before him. I think it was very inspiring for all talents to work closely with Ole Gunnar, because of what he had achieved as a player, but also because that success was based on hard work and great attitude.
    “It was also no disadvantage that Ole Gunnar was one of the best finishers around and strikers like Erling could learn from his experience every day.”
    In his first 20 games, he scored an unspectacular four goals.
    His mentor, Solskjaer worked with him. Then, Haaland went viral.
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer mentored Haaland at MoldeCredit: Instagram @erling.haaland
    Romelu Lukaku-like striker Haaland was too good for Molde to keepCredit: Getty
    A stunning display against Brann in 2018 announced him to the world – where he scored four goals in the first 21 minutes, in front of Manchester United scout Norwegian scout Tommy Moller Nielsen.
    It was a moment that had Solskjaer purring he was similar one of the most feared strikers in world football.
    “He reminds me of the type of striker Lukaku is,” Solskjaer remarked. “There is a lot of interest in him.”
    Getting his wings
    Solskjaer understood he couldn’t keep Haaland at Molde.
    The club had rejected an offer from a Champions League-winning – reportedly Juventus.
    However, Red Bull Salzburg would pay £7million – beating Leeds United to the punch with the deal.
    He thrived under now-Leeds boss Jesse Marsch in Austria, especially on the biggest stage in the Champions League where he would make history.
    Haaland scored three goals on his debut against Genk, then followed that with a double against Liverpool at Anfield and two more against Napoli. The world knew who he was now.
    Further demonstration of his ruthless nature in front of goal was evident in a stunning 12-0 humiliation of Honduras in the U20 World Cup.
    He scored a world record nine goals in that demolition. It was no wonder by now that he was nicknamed ‘The Terminator’.
    Haaland receives congratulations from Jesse Marsch while playing for Red Bull SalzburgCredit: Reuters
    At the U20 World Cup, Haaland scored a world record nine timesCredit: Getty – Contributor
    After moving to Borussia Dortmund in 2019, Haaland’s goal record is second to noneCredit: AFP
    Dortmund to the unknown
    Haaland would only play 27 games for Salzburg in all competitions, netting an incredible 29 goals – including eight in the Champions League.
    German giants Borussia Dortmund just had to have him upfront, after seeing such luminaries as Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang lead their line.
    They paid a meagre £18million for his services in 2019. Immediately, it appeared money well spent when he made a Roy of the Rovers style debut.
    Coming off the bench in the second half against FC Augsburg, he scored a hat-trick in just 23 minutes.
    And the goals have just flown in over the past three seasons.
    Across all competitions, he has scored 85 goals in just 88 games.
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    Next season, it would be a wise bet to put your money on Haaland being the Premier League top scorer. More

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    Meet Harry Wilson’s stunning Wag Abby Claybrook, 24, who helped the Fulham ace celebrate Premier League promotion

    FULHAM Wag Abby Claybrook knows how to celebrate.The stunning blonde, 24, joined boyfriend Harry Wilson on the Craven Cottage pitch to celebrate his side’s triumphant return to the Premier League.
    Meet Abby Claybrook – the stunning Wag of Fulham star Harry WilsonCredit: Instagram / @abbyclaybrook
    Claybrook recently joined Wilson on the Craven Cottage pitch to celebrate promotionCredit: Instagram / @abbyclaybrook
    Stunning Claybrook shows off her incredible bikini bodyCredit: Instagram / @abbyclaybrook
    Joining in on the promotion party, gorgeous Abby posed with the Championship trophy as she toasted her beau.
    Later, she took to Instagram to congratulate her man on his success.
    “Champions,” she wrote alongside a gold star emoji.
    She added: “What a season you’ve had.. you deserve every bit of success,” accompanied with a white heart emoji.
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    Abby has been a constant in Harry’s life since he emerged on the scene as a youngster at Liverpool.
    High-school sweethearts
    The first picture of Claybrook and Wilson together emerged on Instagram back in 2014, when they were 15 and 16 respectively.
    But a lot has changed since then, with Harry’s football career blossoming and Abby finishing her degree in Liverpool.
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    While he left the club on several loan deals, she stayed by his side.
    As he starred for the likes of Crewe, Hull, Derby, Bournemouth, Cardiff and Fulham, Abby joined him on his quest for first team football.
    Their lifestyle never seemed to suffer though.
    Countless holidays
    Abby has enjoyed all the trappings of a Wag’s lifestyle, clad in designer wears and enjoying lavish breaks away.
    On Instagram she regularly shares trips abroad with Wilson, and their’s clearly no expense spared on their holidays.
    From a winter break in Dubai to a romantic getaway in Paris, Ibiza, Los Angeles and Mykonos, she is well-travelled.
    And she always looks glam – mixing trendy evening dresses with revealing bikinis that show off her bod.
    Claybrook and Wilson are high-school sweetheartsCredit: Instagram / @abbyclaybrook
    Well-travelled Claybrook shows off her holidays on Instagram, like trips to DubaiCredit: Instagram / @abbyclaybrook
    Claybrook enjoys the lifestyle of a WagCredit: Instagram / @abbyclaybrook
    Wilson and Claybrook share a Poodle cross togetherCredit: Instagram / @abbyclaybrook
    Gorgeous Claybrook will likely be in the stands next season cheering Wilson on in the Premier LeagueCredit: Instagram / @abbyclaybrook
    They’re proud parents
    Back in 2020, Abby and Harry started their family by getting a dog.
    The pair share a Poodle cross, although the pooch’s name isn’t known.
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