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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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PSG 1-1 Chelsea: PSG dominate down the left

February 18, 2015
PSG 1-1 Chelsea: PSG dominate down the left

PSG dominated by constantly attacking effectively down the left, and Chelsea relied on Thibaut Courtois to secure a valuable away draw. PSG selection Laurent Blanc was without the likes of Thiago Motta, Yohan Cabaye and Lucas Moura through injury, which caused him problems in midfield – although the fact Blaise Matuidi was fit to start was...
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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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