BENITEZ V HIDDINK ; Can The Tinkerer Out Tinker Hiddink?

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 BENITEZ V HIDDINK ; Can The Tinkerer Out Tinker Hiddink?
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With a massive Quarter Final second leg tie coming up on Tuesday, managers Rafa Benitez and Guus Hiddink will be looking to pull out all the tactical stops hoping their team can advance to the Semi Final of the Champions League.

 Benitez has It all to do, with Liverpool needing to score three goals and not concede If they are to go through in 90 minutes, or a 3-1 score would send the game into extra time.

 Hiddink will look for more of the same from his team, hoping they can re create the dominance in midfield enjoyed in the first leg last Wednesday as the key to their success and a passage through.

 No doubt Essien, left out Saturday, will again adopt a man to man marking role on Gerrard, trying to eliminate his influence, and it will be interesting to see how the Liverpool skipper responds, assuming he's regained his fitness.

 Chelsea are without skipper John Terry for the second leg, and his Influence will be missed at the heart of the defence, Chelsea conceding three against an average Bolton team in the last 20 minutes after being in cruise control at 4-0 in the league on Saturday.

 Rafa Benitez, well known for his tactical prowess, will no doubt spring at least one slight surprise, with his team selection.

 With Daniel Agger scoring a great 30yd left foot screamer Saturday, look for his Inclusion Tuesday, with his ability also to bring the ball out from the back allowing Xabi Alonso to take up a more advanced position instead of picking it up in front of the back four with Lampard breathing down his neck.

Kuyt seems to be the option down the right, as Liverpool look to once again exploit the size and physical difference with Ashley Cole, who seems to be one of the weaker links in the Chelsea chain.

 Torres, scoring another 2 against Blackburn Saturday, will need to be at his aggressive menacing best, putting Alex and Carvalho under pressure from the first minute to the last, and his goal scoring ability will be vital to Liverpool's chances.

 It will be Interesting to see if Benitez will stay with his tried and tested 4-2-3-1, having played 3 at the back at Fratton Park this year, Torres scoring a dramatic winner at the death in that game against Portsmouth.

 One thing that system will give Liverpool, is an extra man in midfield, as Gerrard can drop in to midfield from the point of the diamond, out numbering the Chelsea midfield 4-3, giving Essien a problem on who to pick up in advanced situations as Alonso may be spare if pushed on.

 The three at the back may also allow the Inclusion of Sami Hyppia, a dominant header of a ball at corners and set pieces, giving Liverpool a better aerial presence and allowing the right footed Carragher and left footed Agger to push on in the full back areas.

 This may leave Liverpool slightly exposed at times, but needing three goals at least on the night, they're most certainly going to have to throw the kitchen sink at it.

 Whatever transpires tomorrow night, no doubt we're in for a thriller of a cup tie, and this one could go all the way, as it did in 06-07, with Liverpool winning the penalty shoot-out.  

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