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Real Madrid 1-0 Atletico Madrid: poor Atletico transitions mean Real dominate the entire tie

April 24, 2015
Real Madrid 1-0 Atletico Madrid: poor Atletico transitions mean Real dominate the entire tie

Javier Hernandez struck in the 178th of the 180 minutes in this European Cup quarter-final, but Real had been the better side throughout. Real selection Carlo Ancelotti had a mini-injury crisis, with Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Marcelo all out. This meant Javier Hernandez, Fabio Coentrao and Isco were all recalled, although the replacement for...
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Porto 3-1 Bayern: Porto press effectively

April 17, 2015
Porto 3-1 Bayern: Porto press effectively

Porto recorded a hugely impressive victory, largely thanks to their intense pressing in the opening stages, which put them into an early two-goal lead. Porto selection Julen Lopetegui was still without forward Cristian Tello, who had scored five goals in four games before suffering a thigh injury. The good news, however, was that captain and centre-forward Jackson...
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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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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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