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THREE Reasons Why Chelsea WILL Beat PSG This Evening

Chelsea are 3-1 against Paris Saint Germain for this evening’s tie in the Champions League, but all is not lost. I for one believe that Chelsea will win, and here are three reasons for that outlook.

1) Home form

Jose Mourinho is a manager who turns his club’s stadium into a fortress. He did it with Porto, he did it with Inter and Real, but his record at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea is something that still amazes people. The Portuguese boss is still unbeaten at the Bridge from his two spells at the club – a run spanning 76 games.

2) Eden Hazard

The little Belgian has been superb this season. He has scored 14 Premier League goals, two Champions League goals and has claimed seven assists in all competitions. For me he will be the match winner tonight and send Chelsea through to the next round.

He has averaged 2.4 key passes per game so far, two shots per game and 5.1 completed dribbles per Champions League game.

3) No Zlatan

The Swede was injured in the first leg of the tie and will miss tonight’s action. It’s a huge boost for the Blues – we all know how impressive he is when on the pitch.

For me, these three reasons are why Chelsea will win the game.

4-3-3? This Is The Chelsea Team To Beat PSG Tonight

Chelsea host Paris Saint Germain this evening looking to progress into the next round of the Champions League. The Blues come into the tie with a 3-1 deficit to overturn and it will be extremely difficult, but I believe if they line up like this then they can get a result.

I would have Petr Cech in goal in a 4-3-3 formation, with Branislav Ivanovic on the right of midfield. I would have Cesar Azpilicueta on the left and John Terry and Gary Cahill in the centre of defence. This back four has been so successful this season and I think it will be key tonight.

The midfield trio I would have David Luiz, Frank Lampard and Oscar, which I believe is a well-balanced midfield. The former can sit in front of the backline and break up attacks, while the other two can flood forward and help with the strikers.

The front three that I would choose would be Eden Hazard, Willian and Fernando Torres, as the two attacking midfielders are both willing to work hard defensively and Torres has looked sharp in recent weeks.

If Chelsea go into the game thinking they can win then I think they will. Blues, what do you think?

Manchester United Target Wants Move – Here’s Why Moyes Must Go All Out

According to reports, Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos is ready to make the move from Bavaria to Old Trafford. The same reports say that his contract negotiations with Bayern have stalled and that he has told people that he wants to make the move happen, and I think it is a good move for all parties.

Firstly, the article says that Manchester United are willing to pay up to £40 million, which is a decent amount of money for someone who is not apparently seen as a key player for the first team.

Kroos is a fine player who is undoubtedly able to cut it at the top. His touch is impeccable, his vision even more so and the way he can pick a pass anywhere on the pitch is brilliant to watch.

The Germany international has completed 93% of his passes this season between the Bundesliga and Champions League, while he has claimed six assists and scored three goals.

He would fit in brilliantly at Manchester United in my opinion and David Moyes must go all out to sign him. He adds something they don’t currently have and improves the roster already there, so for me it’s a no-brainer if he becomes available. 

THREE Serie A Players Who Chelsea Should Be Looking To Sign This Summer

Jose Mourinho is a manager with experience in the Italian topflight Serie A. His stint at Inter Milan was hugely successful and I am sure there are plenty of players still in the league that he’d like at Chelsea. He are three who I think he should move for.

1) Mario Balotelli

Why not? The feist Italian has worked under Mourinho before at the San Siro, and Chelsea need a powerful striker to lead their line. The former Manchester City striker has scored 13 goals and claimed three assists so far this season for AC, and his 5.5 shots per game would be brilliant for Chelsea.

A bit of a risk, but one that could work wonders.

2) Arturo Vidal – Juventus

Vidal is full of himself, but he has every right to be. He is a midfielder who has been central to Juventus’ success over the last three years and looks to be ready to earn a third successive Scudetto winners medal.

The Chile international has scored 11 league goals this season, five in the Champions League and another two in the Europa League, while also claiming five assists.

3) Ciro Immobile  

Although he is a bit of an unknown, the 24-year-old has scored 18 league goals for Torino this season and could be a major player should Chelsea go in for him. He’s a natural scorer and someone who I think should be given a chance on the biggest stage there is. 

THREE La Liga Players Who Liverpool Should Be Looking To Sign This Summer

Brendan Rodgers likes his side to play the Spanish way. His side knock the ball about until the opposition open themselves up and then they steam through them with slick, fast-paced attacking football. Keeping that in mind, here are three La Liga players who I think Liverpool should be looking at this summer.

1) Alex Song – Barcelona

The former Arsenal midfielder would slot nicely into the Liverpool side, in my opinion. His passing is sublime, his vision even more so, and the way he breaks up opponent attacks is great to watch. Alongside Steven Gerrard I think he’d be brilliant, and he’d also add more depth to the squad which will be vital for the Champions League.

2) Martin Montoya

Liverpool need a left-back, and they don’t come more exciting that Barca defender Martin Montoya. The 22-year-old has only played 12 La Liga games this season but has averaged 2.9 tackles, 2.1 clearances and 1.4 interceptions per game.

He’s quick, he loves to get forward and has a delivery on him as strong as any winger.

3) Diego Godin – Atletico Madrid

Liverpool need to sort their defence out, and this man would go some way towards doing so. Godin has been superb for Atletico this season and is a big reason why they could win the league. So far this term he has averaged 7.2 clearances per game, three interceptions and has made a total of 54 tackles. 

Not Gundogan: Three Bundesliga Players Who Manchester United Should Look To Sign This Summer

Manchester United have had a season to forget this time round. In order to learn from that they will need to build in the summer, so here are three Bundesliga players they should be looking to sign.

1) Toni Kroos – Bayern Munich

Kroos is ideal for Manchester United, in my eyes, as he can hold on to the ball, he can spray passes around the pitch and can also provide energy and help glue the side together. He can tackle, he can score and is unselfish, which United need right now.

The fact that he is younger than Tom Cleverley still astounds me.

2) Marco Reus – Borussia Dortmund

United could do with a player who can play across the attacking positions and be as effective in every area. Reus offers that. With him, Kagawa and Mata behind Wayne Rooney I think that would be incredibly successful.

I’m not sure where it would leave Adnan Januzaj though.

3) Mats Hummels – Borussia Dortmund

He is a powerful defender who loves to play with the ball at his feet – similar to how Rio Ferdinand used to operate before he lost his touch, his speed and his positional sense. For me he should be snapped up as Dortmund aren’t doing too well this season.

Not Zlatan: Three Ligue 1 Players Who Arsenal Should Be Looking At This Summer

Arsenal have always had links with French footballers, mainly because of Arsene Wenger. The likes of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit have all played huge parts of the club’s history, as have currently players Laurent Koscielny, Mathieu Flamini and Olivier Giroud. Here are three players from the French topflight that I think Arsenal should be looking at in the summer.

1) Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon

The 22-year-old has established himself as one of the most exciting players in Ligue 1. He can play as a central striker, on either wing or in a deeper role, and has scored 16 goals this season between the league and Europa League.

He also has three assists.

2) Wissam Ben Yedder – Toulouse

The Frenchman is a striker with 12 league goals to his name this season in his 29 appearances. He has also made five assists. He is a creative forward who loves to spark attacks and his passing is superb.

For me he should be right up there with Wenger’s targets, and he is still only 23.

3) Mathieu Valbuena – Marseille

The Marseille man averages the most key passes per game in the entire division, with 2.6, and has claimed five assists in the league so far. He traditionally plays just behind the frontman and is the one who threads balls around to his attacking team-mates, though he also has two goals himself.

Liverpool In Talks With Manchester United Target, But What Could He Offer?

According to reports, Liverpool are in advanced talks to sign Real Madrid full-back Fabio Coentrao this summer, despite Manchester United also supposedly in the frame. Patrice Evra is out of contract in the summer and it is unsure that he will stay at the club, while Liverpool have struggled to fill the left-back berth before the fine form of Jon Flanagan in the latter stages. But what could Coentrao offer, and where should he go?

The Portugal international is as good a left-back you can pick up these days, unless you splash huge amounts of money on the elite.

The 26-year-old has played for Benfica and Real Madrid, of interest, and has 44 caps for the Portuguese national side.

For me, he should be going to Manchester United. With Evra on the brink of leaving the club he would surely be the number one in that position and I feel with the license to get forward he could make a real impact at Old Trafford.

Liverpool have Jose Enrique coming back from injury and Flanagan currently performing well, and with Brendan Rodgers preferring youngsters I think he should look elsewhere.

United fans would you want him at Old Trafford? And Liverpool supporters, who would you like to see at left-back next year?