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Jose Mourinho Must Change Tactics To Win The EPL Title

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Manchester United manager José Mourinho conceded the English Premier League title to city rivals even before Christmas.

Though Mourinho has successfully returned the Red Devils back to some standard since he took over two years ago, he has failed to win the Premier title. He has as well failed to mount pressure on the winners of the two editions since he took over.

Many times this season, Mourinho was criticised by fans and pundits for his tactical approach to matches, as reported by Skysports. Yet, the manager has refused to change his tactics, claiming he has been applying same tactics to matches since the start of his career and it has brought him numerous trophies. This has been a way of bringing up past glories as excuses.

His tactics seem too old and outdated compared to the latest evolution in the game where managers prefer an attacking and high pressing style of football adopted by Liverpool and City managers Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola respectively.

Pep Guardiola is known for his ‘tiki-taka’ style of football since his days at Camp Nou, which is has seen Top Bookmakers favoured him to win the title even before the second half of the season. At the Etihad, Guardiola still maintains his style of play (though he made some alterations) with which he retains possession of the ball than his opponent while making impressive counter-attacks when there are chances for that.

Unlike Pep, Mourinho loves to play a defensive game where almost all his players – strikers inclusive – will move back to help defend against conceding a goal. United have only managed to score 63 goals this season compared to their neighbours, Manchester City, who have scored 87 goals.

During the Portuguese coach’s first stint at Chelsea, he believed that the person who has more of the ball is more susceptible to losing it. While that is true, he should recognise that the person who doesn’t have the ball has nothing to gain and everything to lose since he can’t execute without the ball.

Jose Mourinho needs to learn, adapt, change, or forget about winning altogether. Even if he deems Guardiola’s tiki-taka too limited, Klopp is a manager he could learn a lot from. The German has played Guardiola’s City four times this season winning three and losing one following a red card to one of his best players.

Klopp’s tactical style is quite similar – though not very much – to Mourinho’s as they both love counter-attacking and pacy players. These are two of the game’s finest managers – Klopp and Guardiola.

The EPL has shown that it is not a league for coaches who are not ready to learn from past mistakes, such is the fate of Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte. If Mourinho wants to differ from this category of past glories, he needs to win the EPL. And, the only way he can win the EPL is by showing the world he can alter his ineffective tactics.

 

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EPL: How Chelsea Players Ignored Lampard’s Halftime Warning In Leicester City Draw

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Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta has narrated how they ignored the warning from manager Frank Lampard during the halftime of their Premier League clash with Leicester City.

Azpilicueta told reporters about the halftime warning ignored by the Chelsea players shortly after the game.

According to him, Frank Lampard told the players that they needed a second goal to secure the points in the home game against the Foxes.

Chelsea had a one-nil lead at halftime courtesy young English midfielder Mason Mount after the former Derby County loanee dispossessed Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi to fire the ball past Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

It was a magical moment for Mason Mount who scored on his home debut for his boyhood club.

Leicester City equalized in the second half through a bullet header from the aforementioned Ndidi who atoned for his error in the first half.

The header from Super Eagles star Ndidi was enough to earn Leicester City a point from the game.

Cesar Azpilicueta and Chelsea are still waiting for their first win of the season after three games.

Their next game is the league visit to newly promoted outfit Norwich City who won their first game of the season via the 3-1 win over Newcastle United at the weekend.

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Lampard Singles Out One Player After Leicester City Draw

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard singled out one player for praise after his team could only manage a draw against Leicester City.

Lampard led Chelsea to a 1-1 draw with Leicester City at home in the Premier League game played on Sunday evening.

After the game, Frank Lampard was full of praise for young Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount for his performance against the Foxes.

The Chelsea legend pointed out his quality while he was fielding questions from reporters at his post-match press conference.

Mason Mount has been in very good form for Chelsea since he returned to the club from his loan spell at English Championship club Derby County.

The 20-year-old midfielder played at Derby County for Frank Lampard last season as the Rams got to the Championship playoff final before being beaten 2-1 by Aston Villa who are in the Premier League as a result of that win.

Mason Mount returned to Chelsea from the Derby County loan spell and was one of the best players for the Blues during preseason.

He has continued that form into the new season after the midfielder robbed Leicester City star Wilfried Ndidi to give Chelsea a first-half lead.

Ndidi atoned for his error with a bullet header in the second half thereby earning a 1-1 draw for the Foxes.

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EPL: Solskjaer Reveals Best Finisher In His Team

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed the best finisher in his squad according to ESPN.

Solskjaer talked about the best finisher in his team during his pre-match press conference ahead of the Premier League clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

According to the Norwegian tactician, young striker Mason Greenwood is the best finisher in his squad at the moment.

Solskjaer considers the young Mason Greenwood as the best finisher in his squad ahead of the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

The Manchester United manager also said that Martial and Rashford need to score ‘easy’ goals more for the Red Devils.

Mason Greenwood is expected to be in the Manchester United squad for the Wolves game.

The 17-year-old is expected to stay on the bench for the likes of Rashford and Martial ahead of the Wolves game.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have been the bogey team for Manchester United in the last year.

As a newly promoted team last season, Wolves were unbeaten against Manchester United in three meetings.

Manchester United have a good chance to take top spot on the Premier League table if they can record their first win against Europa League campaigners Wolves at the fourth time of asking.

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Ashley Cole Says This Player Could Be World-class After Match With Leicester

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Former Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole is certain that young midfielder Mason Mount has the right qualities to become a world-class player.

Ashley Cole spoke about Mason Mount while he was doing his punditry job on Sky Sports as he was impressed with young Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount and his outing against Leicester City on Sunday evening.

The young English player has started the season well despite the struggles recorded by Chelsea under Frank Lampard this season.

Mason Mount was one of the few Chelsea players that finished the Manchester United game with a little credit.

The 20-year-old was one of the best Chelsea players during the game which ended in a 4-0 win at Old Trafford.

Mason Mount went on to make a substitute appearance in the UEFA Super Cup loss to Liverpool last week Wednesday.

Chelsea lost 5-4 on penalties after the two Premier League giants played out a 1-1 draw at the end of ninety minutes and extra time.

Mason Mount then played a starring role for Chelsea in the 1-1 draw at home to Leicester City.

Chelsea took the lead through Mason Mount in the first half before Wilfried Ndidi earned a share of the spoils for Leicester City with a second half header.

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Man United Target Paulo Dybala Set To Leave Juventus For New Club

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Juventus attacker Paulo Dybala is closing in on a move away from the Italian Serie A club this summer.

Paolo Dybala could move to French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) according to Daily Post.

It was revealed that Juventus will open talks with PSG later this week over the big money sale of Dybala who came close to moving to the Premier League before the English top flight transfer window ended on August 8.

Manchester United wanted to sign him in a swap deal involving Romelu Lukaku but his financial request blew the Red Devils out of the running to sign him.

Tottenham Hotspur also wanted to sign him this summer but the move didn’t see the light of the day.

Paolo Dybala has been told by senior Juventus officials to get a new team as he’s surplus to requirements under the managerial reign of Maurizio Sarri.

According to the aforementioned publication, PSG are ready to offer as much as €80m (£73m) but Italian champions Juventus are holding out for €100m (£91m) and it remains to be seen whether the French giants would accept the asking price from the Italians.

PSG sporting director Leonardo has had his hands full since returning to the club after six years and he wants to conclude a deal for Dybala in the next few days.

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