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Antonio Rudiger's candid pressing advice exposes Solskjaer's Man Utd error


Antonio Rudiger’s tactical analysis of Chelsea’s pressing has put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to shame after his Manchester United side were torn to shreds by Liverpool. The Red Devils coach has come under huge pressure but remains in a job as he prepares to face Tottenham.

Chelsea have come on leaps and bounds after Thomas Touches was hired to replace Frank Lampard in January, winning the Champions League after just five months in charge.

They have taken that form into the new season with the Blues sitting top of the Premier League.

Much of that has been down to their tactical shape and how they defend, pressing throughout the team.

That model has been used by the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City to grand success but it has been lacking at United, with Solskjaer in charge.

Their half-hearted attempts to do so were picked apart at the weekend when the Norwegian went head to head with Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds ran riot at Old Trafford last Sunday when Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 victory.

Solskjaer has come under huge pressure for his system but has managed to cling to his job ahead of a visit to London to take on Tottenham today.

And Chelsea defender Rudiger has explained how Solskjaer can learn a thing or two from Tuchel.

“It’s automatism,” the German said.

“You have to do it in training and everyone has to be switched on. Sorry to say it, but there shouldn’t be any f***-ups.

“Any little detail which you don’t put in, it can cost you a lot. When you press so high, somewhere there’s space on the pitch. If one sleeps it can be chaos.

“Jurgen Klopp – since he’s been at Liverpool they’ve been pressing, pressing, pressing. Man City do it very well.

“It’s good to put pressure high because if you win the ball you’re closer to goal.”

A number of managers have been linked with United over the last week including Antonio Conte, Brendan Rodgers and Erik ten Hag – all of whom have utilised pressing tactics to great effect.

But Solskjaer remains in the job for now as the Red Devils cross a treacherous fixture list in November including crunch Champions League matches, a local derby with Manchester City and a trip to Stamford Bridge to face Rudiger’s Chelsea.





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