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Inter 3-1 Barcelona: Why did Pep Guardiola play Zlatan Ibrahimovic?

April 20, 2010
Inter 3-1 Barcelona: Why did Pep Guardiola play Zlatan Ibrahimovic?

It’s not often during his two seasons as Barcelona manager that you can conclusively say that Pep Guardiola got his tactics wrong – but tonight that was the case, as Inter take an important two-goal lead to the Nou Camp.
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Inter v Barcelona: tactical preview

April 19, 2010
Inter v Barcelona: tactical preview

Many have commented that, in an ideal world, this may have been the final of the competition. Barcelona and Inter are generally considered to be the strongest two sides left in the Champions League – and of course, they are also the only two actual champions left.
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Manchester United 3-2 Bayern Munich: Arjen Robben does it again

April 7, 2010
Manchester United 3-2 Bayern Munich: Arjen Robben does it again

Bayern do it again. Their victory in the last round against Fiorentina featured a last-minute goal at home to win the first leg 2-1, and then a 2-3 defeat away from home, with a brilliant Arjen Robben ‘winner’ near the end. It seemed inevitable when Bayern pulled a goal back before half-time that the...
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Barcelona 4-1 Arsenal: Messi dominates the game, but Arsenal let him

April 6, 2010
Barcelona 4-1 Arsenal: Messi dominates the game, but Arsenal let him

If there was any remaining doubt that Lionel Messi is the greatest football player of his generation, they were erased tonight, as Barcelona got the better of Arsenal in the much-hyped battle of the teams playing football ‘the right way’. Arsenal didn’t lose this match tactically, but they didn’t help themselves.
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Benfica 2-1 Liverpool: Benfica scrap to a victory, but it should have been more resounding

April 2, 2010
Benfica 2-1 Liverpool: Benfica scrap to a victory, but it should have been more resounding

A decent game for the neutral tonight, but fairly underwhelming from a tactical point of view. Both sides played as expected, the result was no surprise, and all the goals came from defensive mistakes rather than attacking brilliance.
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