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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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Atletico Madrid 0-0 Sporting Lisbon – organised nine-man Sporting deserve their draw

March 11, 2010
Atletico Madrid 0-0 Sporting Lisbon – organised nine-man Sporting deserve their draw

An exciting first half hour was brought to a close with the dismissal of Grimi, who was joined for an early bath by Tonel late on. Sporting got men behind the ball, and Atletico struggled to create chances.
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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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Fiorentina 3-2 Bayern – Viola deal well with the wide threat, but leave themselves exposed in the centre

March 10, 2010
Fiorentina 3-2 Bayern – Viola deal well with the wide threat, but leave themselves exposed in the centre

Fiorentina are out of the competition despite Cesare Prandelli getting his tactics spot on both home and away. Bayern progress thanks to some highly questionable refereeing decisions in the first leg, and two excellent strikes in the second leg – their first defeat in 18 games.
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