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Time For Luiz To Return To Midfield, Football Whispers

Time For Luiz To Return To Midfield?

It was the last thing Antonio Conte or any Chelsea fan would’ve wanted to see; N’Golo Kanté limping off with an apparent thigh injury while on international duty with France.

You see, Kanté doesn’t do injuries. Since he arrived in the Premier League in the summer of 2015 he has only missed one match because of a problem with his body – and that was while he was at Leicester City.

So if he is unable to play against Crystal Palace at the weekend, and the early suggestion is he will, then Conte will be forced into shuffling his already depleted midfield pack.

With Kanté ruled out and Danny Drinkwater still recovering from a calf injury, Conte has only two match-fit central midfielders at his disposal; Tiémoué Bakayoko and Cesc Fàbregas.

It is a far from ideal situation for Conte but given the Blues’ opponents this weekend are Palace, who are bottom of the table and are yet to score, it’s one he can probably live with.

However, if Kanté , who has been nominated for this year’s Ballon d’Or, is ruled out for a prolonged period and misses further Premier League games and the Champions League fixtures against Roma, then Conte may have to improvise.

And that may mean once again turning to David Luiz to solve a midfield problem.

The Brazilian has played almost exclusively as a centre-back since he returned to the club from PSG in the summer of 2016 and has changed the opinion of many who doubted his defensive ability.

In the heart of Conte’s back three, Luiz was the figure of consistency during the 2016/17 campaign and was a big reason why the Blues clinched the Premier League title.

He rewarded Chelsea and Conte’s faith. The Italian had made it clear when Luiz returned to Stamford Bridge that he considered the 30-year-old – who often was used in midfield during his first spell with the club – a defender and nothing more.

“I think David Luiz is a centre-back, he’s played a lot of games in that position,” the Italian told Chelsea TV.

“I know sometimes he’s played as a central midfielder but in my mind the idea is to utilise him in the right position which, for me, is centre-back.”

However, less than two weeks into the 2017/18 campaign Conte deployed Luiz in the Chelsea midfield. It was against Tottenham at Wembley that the Brazil international was stationed as the holding midfielder in front of the Blues’ back three.

The role was not an unfamiliar one for Luiz. During his first spell at Stamford Bridge, he played 30 times as a defensive midfielder, including in a Europa League final win over former club Benfica in 2013. So while he may have been rusty in the position, he wasn’t a novice.

Chelsea clinched an important 2-1 win over one of their title rivals with Luiz making a crucial tackle in the build-up to Marcos Alonso’s late winning goal.

But was Luiz’s overall performance that day good enough to suggest he can once again be used in midfield in Kanté’s absence?

Conte, for one, was impressed. He said: “David played very well. It was an amazing performance from him. He played with great experience and personality. He was a really important reference for the other players.”

They are kind comments but that is the sort of praise you would expect from a manager when speaking to the press. In truth Luiz was a little rough around the edges against Tottenham and to the untrained eye looked slightly lost.

He conceded fouls in dangerous positions and his passing wasn’t on point, but that wasn’t what he was in the team to do.

“My job was to run,” Luiz admitted afterwards. “I was running a lot. I had to cover the space of fantastic players like Eriksen and Dele Alli. They always play very well between the lines so I was trying to close this gap and not leave space for them to create.”

Luiz made five tackles, one of which led to the winning goal, one interception and four clearances against Tottenham. His overall defensive actions (10) in that game were more than Kanté (9), who admittedly was playing further forward, and Bakayoko (7).

And intriguingly, neither Kanté or Bakayoko have managed ten defensive actions in a game this season. So, while he may have been a little ragged at Wembley, Luiz was effective.

The is a school of thought that Luiz is at his best when he isn’t given too much tactical responsibility but, since he has returned to Chelsea, that has been proven wrong.

Give him clear and direct instructions, as Conte has done when using Luiz in defence, and he can thrive. There is nothing to suggest the Blues boss couldn’t do the same with Luiz in midfield.

Conte was a fine defensive midfielder in his playing days, he is a man who knows the role inside out.

With him improving Luiz in training and guiding him through games, there is no reason to suggest the floppy-haired Brazilian couldn’t become an effective holding midfielder for Chelsea when required.

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Loan watch: Sean Longstaff continues to impress for Blackpool with decisive midfield goal - Football Weeks

Loan watch: Sean Longstaff continues to impress for Blackpool with decisive midfield goal

Newcastle United on-loan midfielder Sean Longstaff kept up his brilliant form by netting the decisive goal in Blackpool’s victory over AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

The 19-year-old midfielder joined Blackpool in the summer on a six-month loan and has hit the ground running for the League One Club.

Longstaff helped his side record a 1-0 home win at the weekend as he rifled in a right-footed shot in the 52 nd minute.

He is currently in red-hot form and has now find the back of the net in his last four consecutive games, which makes him one of the best goalscorers in League One as it stands.

The central midfielder has managed to find an eye for goal and is already earning the badge as a firm fan favourite at Blackpool as he continues to be the match winners.

The Magpies will be keeping a close eye on the teenager after sending him away from St. James’ Park on a short-term loan and the academy product is being tipped for bright future.

Longstaff spent the second half of last season out on loan at Scottish top-flight club Kilmarnock and is continuing to develop away from North-East club.

The Newcastle academy have fallen short of producing youth talents in recent years and will be hoping that the midfielder could become the next Magpies breakout star.


Longstaff has made a dream start to his career at Bloomfield Road and if he continues it won’t be too long until Rafael Benitez has to consider him for the first team. The Newcastle upon Tyne born may only be performing in League One, but it’s worth nothing that he is still just a 19-year-old and is showing the promise to become a regular first teamer.

Sean Longstaff goals from midfield are something that Benitez’s side need and it will be interesting to see how far he had developed in January. All the youngster can is continue to impress with Blackpool and his chance will come. Tottenham’s Dele Alli is a perfect example of making the huge jump from League One star to the Premier League in a short space of time and while Longstaff is no Alli, I believe he could be ready for a chance at St James’ Park sooner rather than later.

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    # Chelsea manager #Antonio Conte is set to hand youngster #Kyle Scott a role in the first team squad after the Blues saw N'Golo Kante injured while on international duty for France.

    Kante is set to be out for three weeks with a hamstring injury and could be set to miss up to seven games, starting with Chelsea's trip to winless Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon. The injury leaves Conte with just two fit central midfielders after selling Nemanja Matic to Manchester United this summer.

    With new signing Danny Drinkwater still injured only Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko are the only recognised senior figures available to the Italian and as a result may see the likes of Scott thrust into first team action earlier than expected.

    The Blues currently sit six points off the two Manchester clubs at the summit of the league, following their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City before the international break. They have an important set of fixtures looming and they need to get their title defence back on track.

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    Since his arrival in the Premier League with Leicester in 2015 Kante has shone, winning back to back titles with the Foxes and Chelsea as well as becoming a regular in the French national team. After his stunning maiden campaign at the Bridge, the Frenchmen received the PFA Player of the Year award and has been a mainstay in the Chelsea team this year starting all seven of the league games so far.

    The 26-year-old is a vital part of Conte's 3-5-2 system being deployed in the central midfield role alongside either Fabregas or Bakayoko but will surely be a massive miss for the Blues.

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    An Attempt At Creating The Ajax Style; Total Football Meets Individualism, Strikerless

    Strikerless Dare to think outside the box An Attempt At Creating The Ajax Style; Total Football Meets Individualism

    I have been dabbling with the odd tactic with a striker lately. This has lead me to try and replicate the style of play Frank de Boer applies to his Ajax side in real life. De Boer’s style is unique in that it combines elements from the fables Total Football style with the more pragmatic style Louis van Gaal introduced during his tenure at Ajax. It is basically a one-touch, combination football tactic, heavily based on possession and positional interchange, but with room for one or two truly talented individuals to shine and excel.

    Total Football 2.0?

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    The whole moving as a unit and shared responsebilities for the team effort pretty much leads us to the concept of universality, one of the key elements of the Total Football. Players need to be comfortable in multiple positions and roles. They need to be able to cover for a team-mate when he ventures forwards or drops back. However, there are a few specialists in the formation, players that have their own specific roles to play within the formation. In conclusion, a combination of universality and individualism.

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    Whilst this sounds peachy, we all know that sound ideas don’t always equal brilliant tactics within the Match Engine of Football Manager. So how does it actually work within the confines of the Match Engine FM14 uses?

    The reality

    I’m a big fan of show and tell. I will show you how the team plays and operates in reality. Please ignore the second part of the video, which is FM just randomly cutting off part of the clip of the second goal I wanted to show.

    The first goal shows an attack down the flanks, being finished by the same player who helped initiate the attack; the False Nine. It also showcases the movement of the False Nine, constantly dropping back to help overload the defenders. When the False Nine drops deep, he is moving away from the center-backs, who would normally mark him. If the defender tracks the run, he risks leaving space that can be exploited by wide players cutting in, or by midfielders coming from deep, both a very real threat in this tactic with Inside Forwards, Complete Wing-Backs, a Central Winger and a Box-to-Box midfielder. If the defender waits and stands down, the deep-lying False Nine has freedom, time and space either to pick his pass or to turn and run at a defence so he is arriving at the centre-back at pace, which makes him far harder to stop.

    The second goal showcases the movement even better. The Complete Wingbacks overlapping the Inside Forwards and becoming the effective wingers, the second wing-back cutting inside after he overlaps to pick up the rebound, it’s all fluid and seemingly effortless, players have taken over each others roles and respective duties.

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    nice stuff, will try it out. cheers!

    wait, fluid (not very fluid) mentality!? shocked…

    Just to stop the False Nine from dropping too deep.

    i’m trying to replicate ajax philosophy on fm so i will try your vision but i need some help….

    Do you use OI ? What attributes for the players (maybe TIPS)? And if players need ppm….

    I never use Opposition Instructions. I’ll focus on the attributes on a later stage.

    A great post indeed . I have two questions :

    1) why ‘ Central winger doesn’t have instruction to ‘ run wide with ball ‘ when team is in ball possesion ?

    2) do you have some general recomendation regarding team and individual training regime ( to utilize tactic as much as possible ) ?

    THanks in advance !

    Don’t want him to get in the way of the Complete Wingbacks 🙂 You can add Run Wide if you don’t have overlapping wingbacks.

    As for training, nothing special so far. Just try to get them fluent in the tactic as fast as you can.

    It is more clearly now ………… Thanks for explanation ! Keep up a good work 🙂

    It will be possible to reproduce this system for FM 15 ?

    By the way you didnt post the attributes need for the players in this system…..

    Great article! Trying to bring total football back to Ajax and playing a high line to win the ball back high up the pitch. Also read your article of difference of lines, what are your experiences with closing down and tight marking? If I make everyone close down they lose shape, if I don’t opposition plays ball over my defense all day. Ajax’s defenders aren’t really fast or good. Thanks.

    Tactics - Training Bible FM12

    Tactics & Training Bible FM12
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    Welcome to the Tactic & Training Bible !

    - like how to download a tactic, a thread for small questions etc

    - Like the guide explaining about how set pieces or players instructiosn work

    - How would you set up a certain style of play or what kind or marking system works best and under what cicumstances

    -How to play a certain team/squad

    -Will any of our training schedules up for download bring you success ?

    -Uploaded tactics sorted by formation along with a small description in the spoiler

    A small question is in my definition a question that has a straight answer, a question that there is no point in having a discussion about when one has provided enough information about the problem. If you feel that you want to brainstorm around a subject you have doubts about, feel free to start a thread about it

    The Great Brazil sides of 1958-1962:

    Background and start of Season expectations:, Club facilities and Overview:, Manchester United squad and tactics:, Manchester United squad and tactics:, Manchester United tactic by Raikan007

    *a bit long but definitely useful in making tactic.

    *a bit long but definitely useful in setting set pieces.


    This thread is for anyone to discuss their tactics, what they want to do with their own tactics, posting their best results for possession or CCC's in competitive matches to get feedback or tips on how to replicate certain things in their own tactics.

    For second season in a row I uploaded my training schedules in order to share them and of course to improve them.

    The 12.3 version contains the following schedules:

    - Centerback (Centerback schedule with no shooting training. In FM 2012 composure gets trained by Tactics slider so no need to get individual training anymore)

    - Pre Season Defenders

    - Pre Season Midfielders

    - Pre Season Forwards

    - Injury Recovery: Unlike irl, in FM how hard or not a training schedule is does not affect a player's fitness. As a result the injury recovery schedule won't help your players regain their fitness after an injury but will help them avoid another injury during their recovery period.

    - Pre Season Defenders

    - Pre Season Midfielders

    - Pre Season Forwards

    Unlike what happened at senior training, after running some tests, I observed that altering workload from heavy to very heavy doesn't have a significant effect on the number of injuries suffered. So I realised to keep workload at very heavy but if anyone faces injury problems please inform me!

    - Youth schedules added

    - Small changes made in every schedule.

    - Small changes made in every schedule.

    - Small changes made in every schedule.

    - Injury Recovery schedule added.

    - Preseason schedules added.


    - Part time schedules added

    When will I see result ?

    • Pre-Season GK (meant for Goalkeepers during pre-season period)

  • Pre-Season FP (meant for all Field Players during pre-season period)
  • Note: I usually withdraw players from Pre-season schedules, only after the 2nd official game of the season.

    • Goalkeeper
    • Side Back (this training schedule is designed BOTH for defensive or offensive side defenders)
    • Centre Back
    • DEF Midfielder (meant for midfielders, whose main task is to recover balls and serve as "First-aid" while defending)
    • Side Midfielder (balanced training schedule for BOTH defensive and offensive tasks)
    • Midfielder (designed for all-round Central Midfielders)
    • ATT Midfielder (training schedule for your maestro, playmaker or whatever you want to call him )
    • Winger (designed for wingers to develop running, dribbling and crossing skills)

  • Power Striker (designed for strikers with a strong physical presence)

  • Speed Striker (designed for strikers who can move past defenders like a lightning bolt)

    • Goalkeeper
    • Side Back (this training schedule is designed BOTH for defensive or offensive side defenders)
    • Centre Back
    • DEF Midfielder (meant for midfielders, whose main task is to recover balls and serve as "First-aid" while defending)
    • Side Midfielder (balanced training schedule for BOTH defensive and offensive tasks)
    • Midfielder (designed for all-round Central Midfielders)
    • ATT Midfielder (training schedule for your maestro, playmaker or whatever you want to call him )
    • Winger (designed for wingers to develop running, dribbling and crossing skills)
    • Power Striker (designed for strikers with a strong physical presence)
    • Speed Striker (designed for strikers who can move past defenders like a lightning bolt)

    (-click the links to get to the tactics, click the spoilers preview)

    But first I’ve made a tactic that is possibly the oldest tactic that could be created in modern day football (before that teams always played with 2 at the back and 5 up front, this changed due to the change in the offside rule - which before 1925 had required three opposing players be between an opponent and the goal when the ball was played)

    Essentially it was:

    Like the great Ajax side of the early 1970’s the team of Dynamo Kyiev at a similar time also focused on a very fluid way of playing- what Lobanovskji called universality. He like Ajax wanted his forwards to defend and his defenders to attack; he did not see football as positions but about getting the ball back and keeping possession.

    “Like Michaels Ajax, Lobanovskji’s Dynamo could press, seeking to pen their opponents in and win the ball high up the field, but they were also perfectly capable of sitting deep and hitting on the counter attack” Indeed Lobanovskji often would say that it is easier to counter attack in any sport than to attack from the start.

    (training schedule V2, Players Filter V3)

    But you can tweak corner tactic,I did not concentrate in it,so it may be not the best corner tactic out there.

    I'm sorry for my poor English,I use translation software sometimes.

    Thanks Xiaoici for his help

    a) meduim-low reputation teams : I suggest you put aside the typical values ​​of the "Brazilian" full back to give space to the substance. It means you should focus on defensive qualities like marking, tackling, position, without the ball and concentration. and not on offensive skills like cross, technique, passing, dribbling.

    a) meduim-low reputation teams : you should focus on Marking (at least 12), determination, tackling (at least 13), passing (at least 15), without the ball are the skills you need to consider. In short, forget the fantasy, dribbling and forget tc.

    Brobs17 FM12 Flawless Tactic 12.1

    Just a little heads up. This is not a Barcelona tactic. It won't give you 100 pass on midfielders. It won't give you constant 70% possession.

    The main focus in this tactic is to attack as a unit, creating plenty of clear cut chances and if you're lucky : score some friggin goals. I'm fine in having

    50% possession as long as I create at least 3-5 CCC in every game.

    So, if you're looking to 'control' like Barca, look elsewhere, but if you want to score like Barca, this may be the right place to look.

    Same as last year's, it's a 4-1-2-2-1 / 4-3-3 / 4-5-1 / whatever formation you want to call it.

    As a fan of Milan, I'm looking for a pretty good 4-1-2-1-2 tactic. Stann's Clinical possession is great but to me it looks like having a major drawback at the possession which is often lower to the oppposition's. May be could an expert have a special look at this

    I tried my self but I fixed the problem only at the cost of poor scoring :s

    As a fan of Milan, I'm looking for a pretty good 4-1-2-1-2 tactic. Stann's Clinical possession is great but to me it looks like having a major drawback at the possession which is often lower to the oppposition's. May be could an expert have a special look at this

    I tried my self but I fixed the problem only at the cost of poor scoring :s

    Thanks maxy67 as well, will give it a try and feed back in the tactic's thread.

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