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Juventus 0-0 Inter: Cuadrado-Mandzukic combination can’t quite provide the winner

December 11, 2017
Juventus 0-0 Inter: Cuadrado-Mandzukic combination can’t quite provide the winner

This match pitted six-time champions Juventus against surprise league leaders Inter, and produced an old-school Serie A game: patient, tactical, defences on top, but very much enthralling. Juventus manager Max Allegri omitted Paulo Dybala from his starting XI – after an excellent start to the campaign, the Argentine has been off-form in recent weeks. Allegri...
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Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City: Guardiola uses his full-backs & wingers to get De Bruyne into space

October 2, 2017
Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City: Guardiola uses his full-backs & wingers to get De Bruyne into space

Chelsea came into this game on the back of a midweek victory at Atletico Madrid, probably the tactical performance of the season so far – they showed defensive discipline, midfield control and completely outwitted Diego Simeone’s usually-formidable Atletico. The key was Antonio Conte’s use of 3-5-2, a modification upon the 3-4-3 that won Chelsea...
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Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona: Messi runs the game from a number 10 role and fires in the winner

April 26, 2017
Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona: Messi runs the game from a number 10 role and fires in the winner

Lionel Messi produced a brilliant performance and a sensational late goal to blow La Liga’s title race wide open. Zinedine Zidane welcomed back Gareth Bale after injury, although he didn’t last the first half before being replaced by Marcos Asensio. Otherwise, the team was as expected. Luis Enrique was still without the suspended Neymar. Paco Alcacer...
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Manchester City 1-3 Leicester: early goal allows Leicester to play on the break

February 10, 2016
Manchester City 1-3 Leicester: early goal allows Leicester to play on the break

Leicester’s incredible season continues – they’re now five points clear at the top of the Premier League after this convincing victory. Manuel Pellegrini’s most interesting selections were down his left flank. Fabian Delph was fielded in a narrow left-sided role, as he was for the 2-1 defeat to Arsenal shortly before Christmas, while Pellegrini also...
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Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid: Busquets drops back to help Barcelona gain control

February 3, 2016
Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid: Busquets drops back to help Barcelona gain control

Atletico started strongly, but a tactical switch helped Barcelona exert their authority. Luis Enrique named his expected line-up – essentially his strongest starting XI. Arda Turan was on the bench, for his first meeting against his former side. Diego Simeone named Yannick Carrasco in a support striker role, close to Antoine Griezmann, while Jose Giminez was...
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