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Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid: both sides threaten but Barca superior at finishing

March 25, 2015
Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid: both sides threaten but Barca superior at finishing

Barcelona moved four points ¬†clear at the top of La Liga thanks to Luis Suarez’s winner. Barcelona selection Sergio Busquets was only fit enough for the bench, so Javier Mascherano played in the holding role, with Jeremy Mathieu the left-sided centre-back. Otherwise, the team was as expected. Xavi Hernandez had surprisingly started over Ivan Rakitic in the...
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Dortmund 0-3 Juventus: deep defending and quick countering

March 19, 2015
Dortmund 0-3 Juventus: deep defending and quick countering

Juventus produced a classic away performance to win this tie comfortably. Dortmund selection Jurgen Klopp named his default 4-2-3-1 formation. Kevin Kampl made his Champions League debut on the right, with Henrikh Mikhitaryan on the left flank – neither are natural wingers, and both prefer to drift inside. Soktatis Papastathopoulos started at right-back, with Lukas Piszczek still...
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Chelsea 2-2 PSG (aet): Blanc continues with starting approach despite early red card

March 12, 2015
Chelsea 2-2 PSG (aet): Blanc continues with starting approach despite early red card

Paris Saint-Germain adapted excellently after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s dismissal, and progressed on away goals courtesy of two headed goals from their centre-backs. Chelsea selection The most surprising name on the Chelsea teamsheet was Oscar, who was preferred over his fellow Brazilian Willian. This hinted at Jose Mourinho’s preferred midfield format. In defence, Gary Cahill was selected instead of...
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Roma 1-1 Juventus: Juve revert to a back three and sit deep

March 4, 2015
Roma 1-1 Juventus: Juve revert to a back three and sit deep

Juventus played for, and achieved, the draw which means they remain firm favourites for a fourth consecutive Serie A title. Roma selection Rudi Garcia’s side was largely as expected, with Francesco Totti playing the false nine role, and Adem Ljajic on the right flank. The only change from the Europa League victory over Feyenoord was in...
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Juventus 2-1 Dortmund: Juve bypass the midfield press for both goals

February 25, 2015
Juventus 2-1 Dortmund: Juve bypass the midfield press for both goals

Juventus saw little of possession, but attacked clinically to take a one-goal lead into the second leg. Juventus selection Max Allegri named his expected side in a 4-4-2 diamond system. Andrea Pirlo limped off midway through the first half, however, with Roberto Perreyra replacing him, and Claudio Marchisio dropping back into the deep midfield position. Dortmund selection Jurgen Klopp...
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