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Manchester United 3-0 Olympiakos: United exploit the space in the inside-right channel

March 19, 2014
Manchester United 3-0 Olympiakos: United exploit the space in the inside-right channel

Manchester United qualified for the European Cup quarter-finals, becoming only the second side to recover from a 2-0 first leg deficit. David Moyes surprisingly brought Ryan Giggs into the centre of his midfield, used more direct options on the flanks than in the weekend defeat to Liverpool (Juan Mata was cup-tied) and Rio Ferdinand started...
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Galatasaray 1-1 Chelsea: Mancini takes early action to correct his initial error

February 27, 2014
Galatasaray 1-1 Chelsea: Mancini takes early action to correct his initial error

Chelsea were completely dominant for the first half hour, but Roberto Mancini’s early substitution meant the game became more even. Mancini surprisingly named a 4-4-2 system from the start, with Izet Hajrovic on the right flank, and Wesley Sneijder tucking inside from the left. Jose Mourinho used Willian in the centre, two direct wide options down...
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Olympiakos 2-0 Manchester United: Olympiakos brave with positioning and pressing

February 26, 2014
Olympiakos 2-0 Manchester United: Olympiakos brave with positioning and pressing

Manchester United produced their worst performance of David Moyes’ reign so far, and Olympiakos fully deserved their two-goal victory. Michel was without Javier Saviola upfront, so Michael Olaitan led the line. David Moyes selected his two most cautious options on the flanks, in an otherwise unsurprising team selection. Olympiakos weren’t outstanding on the night, but their overall...
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Arsenal 0-2 Bayern: Bayern dominant down the right, especially after Arsenal reduced to ten

February 20, 2014
Arsenal 0-2 Bayern: Bayern dominant down the right, especially after Arsenal reduced to ten

Arsenal started excellently but Bayern increasingly demonstrated their superiority. Arsene Wenger made the surprise decision to continue with Yaya Sanogo upfront – the Frenchman had only made his full debut in the weekend win over Liverpool. Pep Guardiola also named a surprise XI, with Javi Martinez in the side and Philipp Lahm back in his old...
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Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona: City weather the storm before Demichelis tackle changes the tie

February 19, 2014
Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona: City weather the storm before Demichelis tackle changes the tie

Goals from Lionel Messi and Daniel Alves gave Barcelona a significant lead going into the second leg. Manuel Pellegrini unsurprisingly switched to a 4-2-3-1 / 4-4-1-1 formation, but surprisingly named two left-backs in tandem, Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov. Fernandinho was fit to return in midfield, while Martin Demichelis played at the back. Tata Martino was...
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