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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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Malaga 2-0 Porto: Malaga profit from balls over the top, and Defour’s red card

March 13, 2013
Malaga 2-0 Porto: Malaga profit from balls over the top, and Defour’s red card

Malaga overcame a 1-0 first leg deficit to book their place in the Champions League quarter-finals. From the first leg, Manuel Pellegrini made two changes – Jesus Gamez played rather than Sergio Sanchez at right-back, while Javier Saviola started upfront in place of Roque Santa Cruz. Vitor Pereira made one change from the first leg, with...
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Schalke 2-3 Galatasaray: Terim switches to a diamond but deals with Schalke width

March 13, 2013
Schalke 2-3 Galatasaray: Terim switches to a diamond but deals with Schalke width

Galatasaray recorded a surprise win and progressed 4-3 on aggregate. Jens Keller was without Klaas-Jan Huntelaar following the injury he sustained against Dortmund, so Teemu Pukki played alone upfront. Otherwise, Schalke were unchanged. Fatih Terim made one change from the first leg – Emmanuel Eboue replaced Sabri Sarioglu at right-back. This was an even contest, and would...
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Barcelona 4-0 Milan: Villa plays centrally and allows Messi space between the lines

March 13, 2013
Barcelona 4-0 Milan: Villa plays centrally and allows Messi space between the lines

Barcelona recovered from a 2-0 first leg defeat. Jordi Roura (perhaps with help from Tito Vilanova) used David Villa upfront, with Cesc Fabregas on the bench, and played Javier Mascherano rather than Carles Puyol. Max Allegri kept things close to the first leg XI – Mathieu Flamini replaced Sulley Muntari, with Riccardo Montolivo moving to the...
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