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Bayern Munich v Manchester United – tactical preview

March 29, 2010
Bayern Munich v Manchester United – tactical preview

On paper, United should be set up perfectly to deal with this one. No side in Europe rely on their wide players as much as Bayern do, no side in Europe defend from the wings as effectively as United do.
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Arsenal v Barcelona – tactical preview

March 29, 2010
Arsenal v Barcelona – tactical preview

The contest that many neutrals might have hoped to see in the final. Two similar sides in many ways – they play a similar brand of football and have both favoured 4-3-3 systems this season.
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Barcelona 4-0 Stuttgart: Guardiola’s alternative shape proves successful for the second time in four days

March 17, 2010
Barcelona 4-0 Stuttgart: Guardiola’s alternative shape proves successful for the second time in four days

Fascinating that Pep Guardiola continued to use Barcelona’s ‘alternative’ system – the 4-2-4ish formation they played in the second half against Valencia at the weekend – to great effect. Zlatan Ibramimovic (banned for the weekend game) was available again, but Guardiola opted for Thierry Henry instead.
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Chelsea 0-1 Inter – a classic Mourinho victory, but no blame attached to Ancelotti

March 16, 2010
Chelsea 0-1 Inter – a classic Mourinho victory, but no blame attached to Ancelotti

This is what Jose Mourinho does. Not the prettiest victory you’ll see in this season’s Champions League, but incredibly effective. Inter reduced the game to a scrappy, stop-start battle, defended brilliantly from the front, and then pounced when Chelsea started to push forward.
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Manchester United 4-0 Milan – an efficient and comprehensive victory for Ferguson

March 10, 2010
Manchester United 4-0 Milan – an efficient and comprehensive victory for Ferguson

Another game where Sir Alex Ferguson got things spot on. To run out 7-2 winners against any side in the latter stages of the Champions League is impressive, but to do it against Milan is quite remarkable.
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