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Dortmund 3-2 Malaga: Pellegrini’s side defend well, but are unable to cope with late pressure

April 10, 2013
Dortmund 3-2 Malaga: Pellegrini’s side defend well, but are unable to cope with late pressure

An astonishing stoppage time turnaround means Dortmund to progress to the semi-finals. Jurgen Klopp used Jakub Blaszczykowski as his winger, rather than left-sided Kevin Grosskreutz, so Marco Reus started from the left. Sven Bender returned, but Mats Hummels was only on the bench. With a couple of suspensions to cope with, Manuel Pellegrini brought in Sergio...
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Real Madrid 3-0 Galatasaray: a comfortable win

April 4, 2013
Real Madrid 3-0 Galatasaray: a comfortable win

Galatasaray attacked bravely – but left too much space for Real to break into. Jose Mourinho used Michael Essien at right-back, with Karim Benzema rather than Gonzalo Higuain upfront. Fatih Terim used exactly the same shape he used in the previous Champions League match at Schalke, in the same diamond formation. Galatasaray had their moments, and created...
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Malaga 0-0 Dortmund: Dortmund create more chances, but fail to take them

April 4, 2013
Malaga 0-0 Dortmund: Dortmund create more chances, but fail to take them

Dortmund should be out of sight – but after the German champions were unable to score an away goal, Malaga are still in the tie. Manuel Pellegrini named roughly his expected side – Julio Baptista played the support striker role. Jurgen Klopp used Kevin Grosskreutz rather than Jakub Blaszczykowski, which meant Mario Gotze was central and...
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PSG 2-2 Barcelona: Ancelotti justified in using a brave starting line-up

April 3, 2013
PSG 2-2 Barcelona: Ancelotti justified in using a brave starting line-up

Barcelona twice took the lead, PSG twice equalised. Carlo Ancelotti surprisingly named David Beckham as part of a midfield two, with four outright attacking players used in a 4-4-1-1 system. Tito Vilanova played Alexis Sanchez, rather than Cristian Tello, as part of his front three. Barcelona dominated in terms of possession and territory, and there was an...
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Bayern 2-0 Juve: Bayern’s pressing prevents Juve bringing their strike duo into play

April 3, 2013
Bayern 2-0 Juve: Bayern’s pressing prevents Juve bringing their strike duo into play

Bayern take a commanding lead into the second leg, after a dominant first leg performance. Jupp Heynckes named his expected side – Luiz Gustavo came in for the suspended Javi Martinez – although Toni Kroos’ early injury pushed Thomas Muller inside, with Arjen Robben introduced on the right. Despite strong rumours Antonio Conte would select a...
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