LITESPORT CARLOANCELOTTIwillholdontohis diamond for Sundays Community Shield clash with Manchester United. Chelsea used the Italian coachs pre- cious diamond formation in Saturdays 2-2drawatReadingonSaturday,despite the fact it took a last-gasp Salomon Kalou strike and an injury-time own goal from Alex Pearce to avoid a first pre-season defeat. Ancelotti has tried the trusted AC Milan tactic during pre-season -- and it produced dividends against his old club as well as the Seattle Sounders, Inter Milan and Club America during the Blues tour of the United States. Reading -- led by former Chelsea coach Brendan Rodgers, fresh from his stintatWatford--appearedlessvulner- able to the sparkle of those midfield gems John Obi Mikel, Frank Lampard, Michael Essien and Deco ForthefirsttimeunderAncelottithey struggled to turn possession into chances but after losing his perfect pre-season record, the Italian insists: I want to play with the diamond. We can use Lampard, Deco and also we can play Joe Cole, he has the quality, and maybe also Salomon Kalou. Lampard can play on the left and he can play offensive midfielder. I want to try this because I like games where he is in this position. The other players can play in the diamond in a different role, they can playupfrontortheycanplaybehind the striker. The most important thing to winisthePremierLeagueandthe Champions League. To win these would be a success, but we also need to have an identity and I think we are going the right way about this. In the last games I saw some very good ideas com- ing from the players. Didier Drogba a n d N i c o l a s Anelka both missed chancestoscoreatthe Madejski Stadium, but Ancelotti is intent on sticking with the duo as his first-choice partnership. Ancelotti smiled: Patience is my biggest strength. I also love football and I think this is the biggest point. I love the tactics, the play, and I love finding solutions and trying new solutions. But the most important thing is to have a team who play with a clear idea of how they need to play. So we prepare the training with this objective for Manchester United. London Lite Monday, 3 August 2009 33 LITE&BITTER Gotanaxetogrind?Doithere... ARSENE WENGER says our problem is we think all our problems can be sorted by buying players. If this will win trophies for the fans who pay, do it Arsene, stop experimenting. Learn Spanish and talk to Real Madrid! Ade Ade, A9 6SN THE North London Derbies will be interesting this season with both teams fighting for a place in the Europa Cup. Andrew W1 KT 28 (L&B 31/07), calling the timing of the African Nations Cup stupid exposes your ignorance. Go and research why it is held then. African Boy, E7 KT 28 and Grant A (L&B 31/07), the African Nations Cup timing is right for us Africans and is not going to be changed to please the selfish European clubs. It is high time you accept that! Touray, HA0 GRANTA (L&B 31/07), get used to the phrase great players, in the past tense, fifth this year for you sunshine, Chelsea till I die...! Jamie H, Br1 To be considered for publication, texts must be submitted with name and address or postcode. Please restrict messages to 25 WORDS. Thanks. >>Text TELLUS to 65800 followed by a space and your messageEach text costs 50p plus standard network charges >>Text LL RANT to 65400 Terms apply. See thisislondon.co.uk/lite Going on holiday? You can now keep up with all the action in LiteSport by logging on to: e-edition.thelondonlite.co.uk DIAMONDS AREFOREVERAncelotti will stick with AC Milan tactics despite disappointing draw at Reading BY DAVID DIBBLE playupfrontortheycanplaybehind The most important thing to winisthePremierLeagueandthe Champions League. To win these would be a success, but we also need to have an identity and I think we are going the right way about this. In the last games I saw some very good ideas com- a n d N i c o l a s Anelka both missed chancestoscoreatthe Madejski Stadium, but Ancelotti is intent on sticking with the duo as ARSENAL FIRST GAME: EVERTON (A) DANIELE DE ROSSI insists he knows nothing about a rumoured transfer to the Emirates. The Roma star said: I have never heard anything. I want to stay only here. PRE-SEASON: Sat Valencia (a) CHELSEA FIRST GAME: HULL (H) ENGLAND full-back Ashley Cole is believed to be close to signing a new five- year contract with the Blues. The 28-year-old will be on a deal worth 100,000-a-week. PRE-SEASON: Sun Man United (CS, Wembley) FULHAM DIOMANSY KAMARA is set for talks with the board over his future. Manager Roy Hodgson, with his season given added pressure by the Europa Cup, is keen to keep him but Paris Saint-Germain are planning a 3m bid. NEXT FIVE GAMES:Thurs 6Futbolo KlubasVetra(EuropaCupQL2,h)August 15 Portsmouth(a)18Blackburn(h)23Chelsea(h) TOTTENHAM FIRSTGAME:LIVERPOOL(H) HARRY REDKNAPP has confirmed his interest in Newcastle defender Sebastien Bassong. He said: I like Bassong, he is young and a good defender. PRE-SEASON:Sun Olympiakos(h) WEST HAM FIRST GAME: WOLVES (A) TALKS will resume this week with Lucas Neills representatives in a bid to keep the Australian defender at the club. PRE-SEASON:Sat Napoli (h) CHAMPIONSHIP CRYSTAL PALACE RYAN SMITH has joined the club on trial, although the wingers hopes of earning a permanent deal have been dented due to a hamstring injury. FIRST FIVE GAMES:Sat Plymouth(h) August 11Torquay(CCR1,h)15BristolCity(a) 18Ipswich(a)22Newcastle(h) QPR MATT CONNOLLY is facing a battle to be fit for Saturdays opening league clash with Blackpool. The defender missed the weekend friendly win against Southampton with a calf injury. FIRST FIVE GAMES:Sat Blackpool(h) August 11Exeter(CCR1,a)15Plymouth(a)18 BristolCity(a)22NottmForest(h) READING MAREK MATEJOVSKY is a doubt for next weekends curtain-raiser with Nottingham Forest. The Czech international is struggling with a groin injury and sat out the 2-2 draw with Chelsea. FIRST FIVE GAMES:Sat NottmForest (h)August 11BurtonAlbion(CCR1,h)15 Newcastle(a)18Swansea(a)22SheffUtd(h) WATFORD MALKY MACKAY says there has been no bid from Ipswich for Tamas Priskin, despite reports. The Hungarian striker only has one year remaining on his contract. FIRST FIVE GAMES:Sat Doncaster(h) August 11Barnet(CCR1,a)15SheffUtd(a)18 NottmForest(a)22Blackpool(h) LEAGUE ONE BRENTFORD ANDY SCOTT will run the rule over Spanish trialist Daniel Lucas again tomorrow in a friendly against Harrow. FIRST FIVE GAMES:Sat Carlisle(a) August 11BristolCity(CCR1,h)15Brighton(h) 18Norwich(h)22Southampton(a) CHARLTON DARREN RANDOLPH has signed a new one-year contract. The keeper had been a free agent after his previous deal expired at the end of last season. FIRST FIVE GAMES:Sat Wycombe(h) August 11Hereford(CCR1,a)15Hartlepool(a) 18LeytonOrient(a)22Walsall(h) GILLINGHAM KEVIN MATHER has joined the growing injury list after the midfielder picked up an ankle injury during the 1-0 friendly win over Crystal Palace. FIRST FIVE GAMES:Sat Swindon(h) August 11Plymouth(CCR1,h)15Tranmere(a) 18Colchester(a)22Hartlepool(h) LEYTONORIENT DEFEAT to Dagenham in the final pre-season game does not worry Geraint Williams. He said: Weve put in some good performances. FIRST FIVE GAMES:Sat BristolRovers (a)August 11Colchester(CCR1,a)15Oldham (h)18Charlton(h)22Yeovil(a) MILLWALL DANNY SENDA has visited a specialist for advice on his torn Achilles tendon and is likely to need an operation. FIRST FIVE GAMES:Sat Southampton (a)August 11Bournemouth(CCR1,h)15 Carlisle(h)18Oldham(h)21Southend(a) SOUTHEND THE SHRIMPERS have taken former Sheffield Wednesday defender Peter Gilbert on trial. He featured in Fridays defeat at Stevenage. FIRST FIVE GAMES:Sat Huddersfield (h)August 11Cheltenham(CCR1,a)15Walsall (a)18Wycombe(a)21Millwall(h) WYCOMBE DANNY SPILLER has joined Wanderers on trial. The ex-Gillingham player featured in the 3-1 friendly defeat at Bristol City on Saturday. FIRST FIVE GAMES:Sat Charlton(a) August 11Peterborough(CCR1,h)15Leeds(h) 18Southend(h)22Norwich(a) LEAGUE TWO BARNET JAKE HYDE sat out Saturdays friendly win at Ebbsfleet with a groin injury but he should be fit for the start of the season. FIRST FIVE GAMES:Sat LincolnCity(a) August 11Watford(CCR1,h)15Shrewsbury (h)18Morecambe(h)22Torquay(a) DAG & RED PAUL BENSON (left) has told John Still he wants the chance to forge a striking partnership with John Nurse this season. I know Nursey well, and I think that we could be a good partnership together, said Benson. FIRST FIVE GAMES:Sat Crewe(a) August 11Cardiff(CCR1,a)15Torquay(h)18 Shrewsbury(h)22NottsCounty(a) Fixtures are subject to change LONDON CALLING Yourclub-by-clubguidetoalltheteamsinandaroundthe capital.Keepupwiththelatestnewsonyourclubeveryday Diamond geezers: Chelsea look a touch bemused after conceding against Reading but Ancelotti, left, is not for turning index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html