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Real Madrid 4-1 Atletico Madrid (AET): Real snatch late equaliser at end of cautious first 90 minutes before becoming rampant in extra-time

May 27, 2014
Real Madrid 4-1 Atletico Madrid (AET): Real snatch late equaliser at end of cautious first 90 minutes before becoming rampant in extra-time

Real won the European Cup final with an impressive late rally. Carlo Ancelotti selected Sami Khedira as Xabi Alonso’s replacement deep in midfield, and chose Fabio Coentrao over Marcelo at left-back. Raphael Varane started rather than Pepe, who wasn’t 100% fit. Diego Simeone wasn’t able to call upon Arda Turan, so Raul Garcia started on the...
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Chelsea 1-3 Atletico: Juanfran skips past Hazard for two goals

May 2, 2014
Chelsea 1-3 Atletico: Juanfran skips past Hazard for two goals

Atletico set up an all-Madrid European Cup final with a convincing victory at Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho welcomed back John Terry but Petr Cech was still out, and Frank Lampard was suspended. He surprisingly named six natural defenders in his starting XI, with Cesar Azpilicueta pushed forward to the right of midfield and David Luiz...
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Bayern Munich 0-4 Real Madrid: Real go ahead through set-pieces, ensure thrashing with counter-attacks

April 30, 2014
Bayern Munich 0-4 Real Madrid: Real go ahead through set-pieces, ensure thrashing with counter-attacks

Real Madrid produced a remarkable performance at the home of the European Champions to progress to the final. Pep Guardiola named a more adventurous team than in the first leg, playing Thomas Muller at the top of the midfield, with the knock-on effect that Philipp Lahm was moved to right-back. Carlo Ancelotti made only one change...
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Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich: Real’s counter-attack proves too good for Bayern

April 25, 2014
Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich: Real’s counter-attack proves too good for Bayern

Real take a one-goal lead to Germany for next week’s second leg after another fine counter-attacking display. Carlo Ancelotti stuck with the XI he used for last week’s Copa del Rey victory over Barcelona – with the exception of the returning Cristiano Ronaldo in for Gareth Bale, who was ill. Pep Guardiola surprisingly named Rafinha at...
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Atletico Madrid 0-0 Chelsea: Atletico unable to successfully adapt against defensive opposition

April 23, 2014
Atletico Madrid 0-0 Chelsea: Atletico unable to successfully adapt against defensive opposition

Atletico Madrid and Chelsea played out a very cautious first leg. Arda Turan was only fit enough for the bench, while Diego Simeone chose Diego rather than David Villa as Diego Costa’s partner. Jose Mourinho selected a defensive-minded 4-1-4-1 system. Branislav Ivanovic was suspended, so Cesar Azpilicueta switched flanks and Ashley Cole made a rare start...
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