first_img “It’s certainly proper football,” said Lampard in an interview for the BBC’s Football Focus, recounted on the official Chelsea website. “There are clear things that are going to be affected, you may not get to the level of what we get with crowds because that’s why the Premier League is for me the best in the world, because our home fans drive us on and that’s why home advantage is so important but when you go away, that hostility and tribalism sometimes drives you on as well. It’s a beautiful thing. read also:Lampard reveals Drogba’s impact in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph “Of course it’s football [the behind-closed-door games]. There will be things that are different and I’ll have to speak to the players about that but when there’s three points and when you’re playing for your team and you want to get somewhere in the league, then of course the focus is there.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard, is happy seeing the Bundesliga make a successful return Chelsea manager Frank Lampard Football in Germany was back underway successfully last weekend, with matches played in empty stadiums, substitutes sat two metres apart on the sidelines and players celebrating goals without contact. Lampard is convinced the measures are necessary and a better option than being unable to finish the 2019/20 season.Advertisement Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Dronecenter_img Loading… last_img read more

first_img Comments Published on March 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjr BOSTON – Sitting in the middle of the Wisconsin trio at Wednesday’s press conference, Ryan Evans turned his head right and shared a laugh with Jordan Taylor. To Evans’ left, Jared Berggren stared ahead beaming as if he had just been told a joke.The thought that the Badgers, in an effort to puzzle Syracuse, would differentiate from their trademark man-to-man defense and go zone was comical to the UW veterans.‘I’ve never played a second of zone defense since I’ve been at Wisconsin,’ said Taylor, UW’s senior guard. ‘… I don’t think you’re going to see that tomorrow.’Wisconsin is the best in the nation defensively, allowing 52.9 points per game and deploying a physical, Big Ten-style man-to-man defense. Syracuse has been held to less than that number just once, in a 52-51 win over Louisville on Feb. 13. The top-seeded Orange (33-2) scored 50 points in the second half of its 75-59 win over Kansas State in the NCAA Tournament’s third round last Saturday, getting its offense back on track. But the No. 4 Badgers (26-9) defense is a difficult test standing in the way of Syracuse’s first Elite Eight appearance since 2003.The two teams play Thursday at 7:15 p.m. in the TD Garden in Boston. The winner will play against the victor of the No. 2 Ohio State and No. 6 Cincinnati matchup, a game played in the TD Garden after Syracuse’s matchup.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange’s success against KSU came against the Wildcats’ man-to-man defense. Before that, Syracuse displayed trouble in matchups with zone defenses.So the question of whether Wisconsin would consider breaking out a zone defense was not out of left field with regard to the matchup. But Taylor said he heard head coach Bo Ryan say he played it one possession, was scored on and never went back.Wisconsin plays a physical, tough man-to-man, and it plays it very well.‘They stay in front of you,’ guard Brandon Triche said. ‘They’re not a team that’s going to overplay too much, try to pressure you too much, but they almost keep you in front so much that it makes you want to speed up and makes you want to do things that you’re normally not accustomed to, just because there’s not going to be as many easy shots.’One of the strongest aspects of Wisconsin’s man-to-man is its help-side defense. Ryan said the Badgers call their help-side defense ‘policemen.’ Triche said the way UW helps on defense is similar to a zone.The support system Wisconsin’s players provide on defense allow UW to protect in the paint and on ball screens. Against Syracuse, it could also be a factor if the Orange guards try and beat the Badgers off the dribble.‘They’re not going to give you anything,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said in his press conference Wednesday. ‘You’re not going to get anything easy against them. You have to execute and play well on the offensive end of the court.’All season long, the Wisconsin players have forced teams into low-percentage shots near the end of the shot clock. The Badgers rank 10th in the nation in field goal percentage defense (38.5 percent) and fourth in 3-point shooting percentage defense (28.8 percent). UW has allowed its opponents to make just 3.54 3-pointers per game – tops in the country.Syracuse got past Kansas State thanks in part to a 6-of-9 shooting game from 3. But as Triche said, Wisconsin’s defense sticks with its assignments. If the Orange drives, UW is not likely to overcompensate and allow a Syracuse guard to kick the ball out for an open triple.Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins said the Badgers look even better on tape than they do on the score sheet. There’s a sense of the time Wisconsin commits to perfecting its defense, Hopkins said, and the players have high basketball IQs.‘You’re getting one shot, and it seems like you’re always taking a contested shot,’ he said, ‘and that’s what great defensive teams do.’Syracuse has been successful in matchups with man-to-man by utilizing its length, athleticism and ability to run. The Orange enters Thursday’s game against the Badgers with slight advantages in size and athleticism once again.But not many teams have attacked Ryan’s defense and succeeded. The Badgers have allowed 70-plus points in two of 35 games.Syracuse wants to be the third. And guard Scoop Jardine said it will be more about what the Orange does to execute on offense that determines the outcome.‘We’ve just got to run our sets, whatever defense the team is in,’ Jardine said. ‘We know they play like a soft man, where they’re going to help a lot, and they’re very grounded on defense. ‘They’re a very smart defensive (team). We know that, so we have to move the ball and help each other get open and get better shots, and I think if we do that, we should be fine.’[email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more