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‘Chelsea Playing Basketball Tactics Under Lampard’

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Chelsea’s style of play and set-up under Frank Lampard has been compared to basketball by defender-turned-pundit, Jamie Carragher.
The Blues have launched forward at every opportunity under their new coach, but that has allowed huge gaps at the back, something which should concern Lampard according to Carragher, who he played alongside for England.
Having lost 4-0 away at Manchester United on opening day, the West London club was held at home by Leicester City on Sunday to leave Blues legend, Lampard looking for his first win in charge.
And while Carragher believes Lampard has the right idea, he feels his players are being naive and need to use their heads more when attacking.
“It’s like watching a basketball game,” Carragher said on the draw with Leicester. ”The idea of Frank is spot on, it’s the way top sides, top managers want to play.
“People talk about them being naive and getting caught on the counter-attack, they’ve got no organisation in possession.”
Carragher identified the experienced trio of Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho and Willian as being guilty of not executing the system to perfection – bombing on but then neglecting their defensive responsibilities and leaving Chelsea vulnerable.
“Frank wants his full-backs to go forward. (Cesar) Azpilicueta (should be) experienced to know he doesn’t need to go every time. They keep getting counter-attacked every time, leaving spaces, because they’re not organised in attack.
“I don’t think they have to take it to the letter of the law, exactly what the manager says. Use your brain, drop in.
“Experienced players like Jorginho go flying out, doesn’t make the challenge and then, there’s massive holes in the middle of the pitch.
“It’s too easy to get out (for Leicester), which is why it’s like a basketball game. They probably should have lost the game really.”
”Willian, who I absolutely love, if Frank could have had another substitute, he would have taken him off, he was that bad,” he added.
“They can’t sustain an attack, keep the ball and they’re so open.”
Chelsea will hope to secure their first win of the season when they travel to Norwich City on Saturday.

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Euro 2024: Mikel Oyarzabal Clinches Victory For Spain

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Mikel Oyarzabal scored a late goal to give Spain a 2-1 victory over England in the Euro 2024 Final yesterday at Berlin’s Olympiastadion.
Coming off the bench, Oyarzabal scored the winning goal to give Spain a record fourth European Championship, their first since 2012.
Following a cagey first half in Berlin, in which neither team scored, Spain increased the intensity early in the second half.
A lovely infield shuffle from the 17-year-old Lamine Yamal followed by a cross-pass in the path of Spain’s left-winger, Nico Williams ended up as the opener.
Williams slotted the ball past Jordan Pickford at the bottom corner of the far post to make Spain go ahead of the game.
In the 70th minute, Cole Palmer was substituted in for Kobbie Mainoo.
The Chelsea player took three minutes to combine alongside Jude Bellingham for England’s equalizer.
The winner finally came via another substitute, this time for Spain, as Oyarzabal pounced onto a Marc Cucurella’s low cross from the left to see his team win the game.

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Napoli Reject PSG’s €200m Offer For Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia

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Napoli have turned down a mammoth €200m bid from Paris Saint-Germain for Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen and his teammate Kvicha Kvaratskhelia.
According to Italian sources, the French champions tabled the mega offer in an attempt to secure the services of both players. However, Napoli are only willing to consider offers for Osimhen this summer.
PSG’s interest in both players is well documented, but Napoli remain firm in their stance regarding Kvaratskhelia. The Georgian international is considered indispensable, and the club have no intention of parting with him this summer.
Osimhen, who has been heavily linked with a move away from the former Serie A champions, has a release clause in his contract reportedly set at €130m. However, with a lack of concrete proposals, Napoli may be open to negotiating a lower fee for the Nigeria international.
PSG’s interest in the duo comes as no surprise, with the French side desperately seeking marquee signings to fill the void left by Kylian Mbappé’s impending free transfer to Real Madrid.

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Squash: Apata Tops Ladder At Lagos Country Club

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The Squash Section, Lagos Country Club recently held its annual 2024 WorkNigeria Squash Ladder tournament where winners emerged in various categories.
The nine-day tournament climaxed last Friday with Bunmi Apata becoming the number one on the gold ladder in the men’s category,
Funmi Bamkole, past president and a patron of squash topped the Ladder in the veteran category and the chairman of the section, Semoore Badejo came tops in the super veteran category.
In the female category, Mrs Abiola Kolawole came first followed closely by Moniola Gege and Mrs Wuraola Adeseun.
The just concluded annual tournament saw players playing a cumulative number of three hundred and forty-three games with Mr Adeboye Teriba winning the prize for the player who played the highest number of games. Kolawole Adeyemi won the prize for the most improved player of the tournament.
In his remark, the president of Lagos Country Club, Mr Seyi Adewunmi commended the high spirit of sportsmanship among the playing members and noted improvement on the standard of the game over the years.
He urged the sectional executives to keep raising the bar in subsequent tournaments.
Olufemi Oyebanjo, the managing director of Worknigeria, sponsors of this year’s Ladder tournament expressed satisfaction on the massive turnout for the event and members obvious enthusiasm towards the game of Squash.
This, according to him, resonates with the goal of the organization to ensure that it develops sound minds fit for the labour market. “When you engage in a rigorous sport like Squash, you are not only fit physically but, you are equally alert, mentally. And this ensures your productivity at your place of work”, he concluded.

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