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Bayern Munich 4-0 Barcelona: Bayern produce an astonishingly dominant performance

April 24, 2013
Bayern Munich 4-0 Barcelona: Bayern produce an astonishingly dominant performance

Bayern Munich didn’t try to outpass Barcelona, and instead ruthlessly exposed their traditional weaknesses. Jupp Heynckes selected Mario Gomez rather than Claudio Pizarro as Mario Mandzukic’s replacement, and decided Jerome Boateng was a better option than Daniel van Buyten because of his extra speed. Tito Vilanova’s side was as expected: Lionel Messi was fit, and Alexis...
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Juventus 0-2 Bayern Munich: Bayern initially struggle with the tempo, then close out the tie

April 12, 2013
Juventus 0-2 Bayern Munich: Bayern initially struggle with the tempo, then close out the tie

This was expected to be the closest tie of the Champions League quarter-final stage, but was actually won by the biggest margin. Antonio Conte was without the suspended duo of Arturo Vidal and Stephane Lichtsteiner, so he played Paul Pogba and Federico Peluso. Mirko Vucinic returned to the side upfront. Jupp Heynckes welcomed back Javi Martinez...
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Barcelona 1-1 PSG: Ancelotti replicates first leg tactics, but Messi fit enough to have an impact

April 11, 2013
Barcelona 1-1 PSG: Ancelotti replicates first leg tactics, but Messi fit enough to have an impact

PSG were elimintated on the away goals rule following a good counter-attacking display. Tito Vilanova named Lionel Messi on the bench, with Cesc Fabregas deployed upfront after his weekend hattrick. Adriano played alongside Gerard Pique at the back. Carlo Ancelotti was without the suspended Blaise Matudi, so used Marco Verratti alongside Thiago Motta, with David Beckham...
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Galatasaray 3-2 Real Madrid: Terim’s half-time switch gives Galatasaray hope

April 10, 2013
Galatasaray 3-2 Real Madrid: Terim’s half-time switch gives Galatasaray hope

Cristiano Ronaldo’s early strike left Galatasaray needing five – and they created enough chances to give Real a fright. Without Burak Yilmaz, Fatih Terim brought in Umut Bulut and stuck to his diamond system, rather than switching to a 4-4-1-1, as rumoured. Jose Mourinho was without Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos – he named the expected...
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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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