Claudio Ranieri vs. Guus Hiddink

The Tinker Man

The Tinker Man



Claudio Ranieri

Date of birth: 20 October 1951

Nationality: Italian

Playing career: AS Roma, Catanzaro Calcio, Calcio Catania, US Città di Palermo

Coaching career: Cagliari Calcio, SSC Napoli, ACF Fiorentina, Valencia CF (twice), Club Atlético de Madrid, Chelsea

FC, Parma FC, Juventus


Guus Hiddink

Date of birth: 8 November 1946

Nationality: Dutch

Playing career: SC Varsseveld, De Graafschap, PSV Eindhoven, De Graafschap, NEC Nijmegen, Washington Diplomats, San Jose Earthquakes, De Graafschap

Coaching career: De Graafschap, PSV Eindhoven (assistant), PSV, Fenerbahçe SK, Valencia CF, Netherlands, Real Madrid CF, Real Betis Balompié, Korea Republic, PSV, Australia, Russia, Chelsea FC




The first league at the Stamford Bridge ended with narrow win for Chelsea by Drogba’s goal.


Juventus possible lineup:

Buffon – Zebina – Chiellini – Mellberg – Molinaro – Marchionni (Salihamidzic) – Poulsen – Marchisio – Nedved – Del Piero – Amauri.


Chelsea possible lineup:

Cech – Bosingwa – Terry – Alex (Carvalho) – Cole – Essien (Mikel) – Lampard – Ballack – Malouda – Kalou – Drogba.




Still not sure if Ranieri will start with 4-4-2 or 4-3-3, in my opinion the Italian man will stick with more conservative approach fielding Marchionni (if he is fit) as right side midfielder while Poulsen and Marchisio forming screen in front of the back four. Trezeguet will be the offensive card for Ranieri, this match need patience with a lot of tactical flavor.


Hiddink talked about attacking mind and will continue using Kalou and Malouda to partner Drogba in 4-3-3 formation, if Anelka not fit. Essien, Lampard, and Ballack should prepare for a fierce midfield war against Juventus midfield, close eye on Poulsen ability to build up attacks from deep positions. Chelsea ability to do counter attacks is vital here.


Key men:


Juventus: Nedved, Buffon and Del Piero

Chelsea: Drogba, Lampard, and Terry


My Choice for the main man is:


Poulsen is the man for Juventus to set the rhythm and build up plays for the team, and Cech from Chelsea to play important role if the game head toward penalties shootout.

Best 🙂 


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