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How Chelsea could line-up at Burnley with Hakim Ziyech, Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic all eyeing spot in attack

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CHELSEA take on Burnley on Saturday afternoon full of confidence after their crushing win over Krasnodar in the Champions League.

The Blues stormed past the Russian side on Wednesday as four of their attacking stars all netted in the 4-0 drubbing.

How Chelsea could line up for their game against Burnley
How Chelsea could line up for their game against Burnley

Callum Hudson-Odoi, Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic all got themselves on the score-sheet.

But Frank Lampard will find it difficult to start them all for the Premier League clash at Turf Moor.

Likely to field a 4-2-3-1, Edouard Mendy will retain his place in goal.

Reece James is set to start at right-back, with Ben Chilwell on the left.



Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma will likely continue their partnership in the heart of defence – keeping the likes of Fikayo Tomori and Andreas Christensen out of the XI.

In midfield N’Golo Kante and Jorginho will carry on in their deep, double-pivot, with Mateo Kovacic on the bench.

Kai Havertz is set to start in the No10 role, flanked by Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic, keeping Mason Mount out of the starting XI.

Timo Werner is expected start as the sole centre-forward, with Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud warming the bench.

Another way Lampard could set up his Chelsea team vs Burnley
Another way Lampard could set up his Chelsea team vs Burnley

However, for a bit of extra width, Lampard could play a 3-4-3, with Silva and Zouma joined by Cesar Azpilicueta in the heart of defence.

Chilwell and James would then push further up in the wing-back roles – with Kante and Jorginho still in the middle.

Hudson-Odoi will hope to get a look in on one of the flanks in this set-up.

Chelsea travel to Burnley on Saturday October 31 with kick-off at 3pm.

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Everton ‘lead the chase to sign unwanted Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira’

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Carlo Ancelotti could be lining up another remarkable signing for Everton in the January transfer window.

That’s according to Italian publication CalcioMercato, who say the Toffees boss wants to swoop for the out of favour Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira.

The 33-year-old Khedira is said to favour a move to the Premier League and the publication says he has informed his agent to look for a suitor in England.

Sami Khedira is free to leave Juventus and Carlo Ancelotti could make a move for Everton

Sami Khedira is free to leave Juventus and Carlo Ancelotti could make a move for Everton

Sami Khedira is free to leave Juventus and Carlo Ancelotti could make a move for Everton

The 33-year-old Khedira has not featured for Juventus under Andrea Pirlo's reign as manager

The 33-year-old Khedira has not featured for Juventus under Andrea Pirlo's reign as manager

The 33-year-old Khedira has not featured for Juventus under Andrea Pirlo’s reign as manager

Khedira has played for Juventus and Real Madrid and won the World Cup with Germany in 2014

Khedira has played for Juventus and Real Madrid and won the World Cup with Germany in 2014

Khedira has played for Juventus and Real Madrid and won the World Cup with Germany in 2014

Ancelotti, who has worked hard at reshaping Everton’s midfield in his time at Goodison Park, is said to value the experience that we would add to his rebuild. He worked with Khedira during his time at Real Madrid, so knows what the midfielder can bring.

Khedira was a member of Germany’s World Cup winning side in 2014, scoring in their shock 7-1 semi-final win over hosts Brazil but was injured for the final itself.

The 77-cap Germany man has fallen by the wayside in Andrea Pirlo’s ruthless restructuring at Juventus and the CalcioMercato add that Pirlo has told him he is free to leave.

Indeed, Khedira has not featured once for Juventus so far in the 2020-21 campaign and is not expected to between now and the January window opening.

The Italian publication say that he has been training regularly with the Juventus squad and is in good shape but Pirlo does not see him as a part of his plans. 

Ancelotti and Khedira worked together during their time at Spanish club Real Madrid

Ancelotti and Khedira worked together during their time at Spanish club Real Madrid

Ancelotti and Khedira worked together during their time at Spanish club Real Madrid

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has worked hard at restructuring the Goodison Park midfield

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has worked hard at restructuring the Goodison Park midfield

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has worked hard at restructuring the Goodison Park midfield

Should Everton make a move, Ancelotti will have to be patient in building his match sharpness.

Khedira has been at Juventus since 2015 and before that, was at Real.

The Spanish giants signed him from Stuttgart in 2010 after he impressed in Germany’s World Cup campaign in South Africa. 

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Diego Maradona died on November 25 – the same day on which fellow footballing great George Best passed away 15 years ago

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DIEGO MARADONA sadly died on November 25 – the same day on which fellow footballing great George Best passed away 15 years ago.

Best, who helped Manchester United win the European Cup in 1968, was confirmed dead age 59 in 2005 after his long battle with alcoholism.

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Diego Maradona sadly died on November 25Credit: Reuters
Football legend George Best passed away on November 25, 2005

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Football legend George Best passed away on November 25, 2005Credit: PA:Press Association

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And now his reality TV star son Callum paid tribute to Argentine icon Maradona after the devastating news of his passing.

Callum, 39, tweeted: “Sad day ! What a icon , what a loss . What a team they will have up there.”

It comes after the shock news yesterday that Maradona – notorious for his infamous ‘hand of god’ goal against England – died at his home on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

His death comes two weeks after surgery following a bleed on the brain.

Maradona – who turned 60 last month –  has suffered a long battle with his health forcing him to make numerous trips to hospital in recent months.

His last words before he died were “Me siento mal” or “I don’t feel well” in English.

Maradona had gone back to bed after having breakfast with his nephew Johnny Esposito and telling him he was going to lie back down.

A nurse treating him at home later called an ambulance but he could not be saved, according to local reports.

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez declared three days of national mourning in honour of the star, who was a cultural icon and national hero.

Thousands of grieving fans took to the streets in Buenos Aires and Naples, and a minute’s silence before last night’s games in the Champions League.

Superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were among the masses paying tribute to Maradona.

And so did Brazilian great Pele – with whom Maradona was regularly paired as the best of all time.

He said: “I have lost a dear friend, and the world has lost a legend. One day, I hope, we will play soccer together in the sky.”

Messi wrote: “A very sad day for all Argentines and for football.

Maradona coaches Lionel Messi while in charge with Argentina

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Maradona coaches Lionel Messi while in charge with Argentina Credit: Reuters
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Maradona and Pele were regularly paired as the best of all timeCredit: AP:Associated Press

“He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal.

“I keep all the beautiful moments lived with him and I wanted to take the opportunity to send my condolences to all his family and friends.”

Ronaldo added: “Today I say goodbye to a friend and the world says goodbye to an eternal genius.

“One of the best ever. An unparalleled magician.

“He leaves too soon, but leaves a legacy without limits and a void that will never be filled. Rest in peace, ace. You will never be forgotten.”

England captain Harry Kane said: “Privileged to have met him. Very sad news. RIP Diego Maradona.”

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‘God is dead’: Europe’s papers pay moving tributes to Diego Maradona

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The world of football is in mourning after the death of Argentina icon Diego Maradona at the age of 60 from a heart attack.

The European football community will awake on Thursday to find an array of glorious tributes to Maradona, who played in both Spain and Italy with Barcelona and Napoli respectively.

But it is arguably France‘s L’equipe that has the most powerful front page on Thursday – a picture of Maradona stood proudly in an Argentina shirt with the headline: ‘God is dead’.

L'equipe's front page on Thursday pays tribute to Maradona with 'God is dead' on the front

L'equipe's front page on Thursday pays tribute to Maradona with 'God is dead' on the front

L’equipe’s front page on Thursday pays tribute to Maradona with ‘God is dead’ on the front

Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy lead with the powerful headline of 'I saw Maradona' alongside a picture of him kissing the World Cup trophy after winning the final at Mexico '86

Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy lead with the powerful headline of 'I saw Maradona' alongside a picture of him kissing the World Cup trophy after winning the final at Mexico '86

Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy lead with the powerful headline of ‘I saw Maradona’ alongside a picture of him kissing the World Cup trophy after winning the final at Mexico ’86

Tuttosport's front page also pays tribute to Maradona's finest moment and the No 10 shirt he became synonymous with

Tuttosport's front page also pays tribute to Maradona's finest moment and the No 10 shirt he became synonymous with

Corriere dello Sport lead with a picture of Maradona at Napoli with the headline 'Diego lives

Corriere dello Sport lead with a picture of Maradona at Napoli with the headline 'Diego lives

Tuttosport pay tribute to Maradona’s No 10 shirt as Corriere dello Sport say ‘Diego Lives’

Maradona’s touch, speed and poise was a fabulous combination on the pitch and propelled from the slums of Buenos Aires to timeless stardom through the world of football.

The unplayable level that he reached as he spearheaded Argentina’s surge to 1986 World Cup glory in Mexico that is most prominently remembered.

The Italian papers, in the country where he also thrived with Napoli, mainly lead with pictures of him in the blue and white of his country.

La Gazzetta dello Sport, with a picture of Maradona kissing the Jules Rimet trophy in 86, say: ‘I saw Maradona’.

Tuttosport have the picture of him being carried on the shoulders of his team-mates in the immediate aftermath of his World Cup triumph at the Aztec stadium, with the headline: ‘AD10S’, referencing the No 10 shirt that became synonymous with his career.

Corrierre dello Sport have a picture of Maradona in his Napoli days under the headline ‘Diego Lives’.

In Spain, the tributes to Argentina are just as gracious. Marca runs a powerful quote of Maradona reflecting on his life on its front page, which says: ‘If I die I want to be born again and I want to be a footballer.

Marca lead with a moving quote from Maradona reflecting on the success in his life

Marca lead with a moving quote from Maradona reflecting on the success in his life

Marca lead with a moving quote from Maradona reflecting on the success in his life

Mundo Deportivo also reference Maradona's No 10 shirt and say all of sport is mourning his death

Mundo Deportivo also reference Maradona's No 10 shirt and say all of sport is mourning his death

Sport, meanwhile, say that 'God is already in heaven'

Sport, meanwhile, say that 'God is already in heaven'

Mundo Deportivo (left) say all sport mourns Maradona as Sport say ‘God is already in heaven’

And I want to be Diego Armando Maradona again. I am a player who has brought joy to the people and that is enough for me.’

Mundo Deportivo – the Barcelona based publication – also run with an ‘AD10S’ style headline and say all of sport, not just football, are mourning his death.

Sport use the same picture as Tuttosport in Italy but with the headline: ‘God is already in heaven.’ 

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