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Liverpool 3-0 Man City: City’s system & Liverpool’s pressing bring three goals in 30 mins

April 5, 2018
Liverpool 3-0 Man City: City’s system & Liverpool’s pressing bring three goals in 30 mins

Liverpool blitzed Manchester City in the opening half hour and take a massive lead to the Etihad next week. Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI was as expected, with Loris Karius in goal and Dejan Lovren alongside Virgil van Dijk. Sergio Aguero was injured. Pep Guardiola surprisingly omitted Raheem Sterling, perhaps as he’s previously performed poorly against his...
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Juventus 0-0 Inter: Cuadrado-Mandzukic combination can’t quite provide the winner

December 11, 2017
Juventus 0-0 Inter: Cuadrado-Mandzukic combination can’t quite provide the winner

This match pitted six-time champions Juventus against surprise league leaders Inter, and produced an old-school Serie A game: patient, tactical, defences on top, but very much enthralling. Juventus manager Max Allegri omitted Paulo Dybala from his starting XI – after an excellent start to the campaign, the Argentine has been off-form in recent weeks. Allegri...
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Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City: Guardiola uses his full-backs & wingers to get De Bruyne into space

October 2, 2017
Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City: Guardiola uses his full-backs & wingers to get De Bruyne into space

Chelsea came into this game on the back of a midweek victory at Atletico Madrid, probably the tactical performance of the season so far – they showed defensive discipline, midfield control and completely outwitted Diego Simeone’s usually-formidable Atletico. The key was Antonio Conte’s use of 3-5-2, a modification upon the 3-4-3 that won Chelsea...
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Real Madrid 4-1 Juventus: Real initially weak down the right, before dominating that flank

June 6, 2017
Real Madrid 4-1 Juventus: Real initially weak down the right, before dominating that flank

Real Madrid became the first club to retain the European Cup in its modern format, after an eventually comfortable 4-1 win in Cardiff. Zinedine Zidane’s major selection dilemma was whether to pick Isco or Gareth Bale – but it seems Bale wasn’t close enough to full fitness to be seriously considered, and therefore Isco continued....
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Monaco 0-2 Juventus: Allegri uses wing-backs and Alves creates both goals for Higuain

May 5, 2017
Monaco 0-2 Juventus: Allegri uses wing-backs and Alves creates both goals for Higuain

Juventus took control of this Champions League semi-final with an impressive 2-0 victory, thanks to two goals from Gonzalo Higuain. Leonardo Jardim’s side featured one surprise – Benjamin Mendy wasn’t fit to start at left-back, so Djibril Sidibe switched to that flank and Nabil Dirar played at right-back. Max Allegri left out right-winger Juan Cuadrado and...
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