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Bayern 1-1 Dortmund: Klopp floods the centre to harm Bayern’s build-up

May 1, 2015
Bayern 1-1 Dortmund: Klopp floods the centre to harm Bayern’s build-up

Dortmund progressed to the DFB-Pokal final on penalties following a 1-1 draw. Bayern selection Pep Guardiola started with a three-man defence, and surprisingly named Rafinha, traditionally a right-back, as the left-sided centre-back. Further forward, Mitchell Weiser was handed the right-sided midfield role for the newly-crowned Bundesliga champions, with Arjen Robben fit enough only for the bench. Thiago Alcantara...
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Marseille 2-3 PSG: Bielsa’s pressing has positives and negatives

April 8, 2015
Marseille 2-3 PSG: Bielsa’s pressing has positives and negatives

Paris Saint-German attacked directly and created lots of chances against a ludicrously proactive Marseille side who pressed extremely intensely until they tired. PSG maintain their position at the top, with Marseille in third, behind Lyon. Marseille selection Marcelo Bielsa was without suspended defensive midfielder Giannelli Imbula, so Mario Lemina came into the side. Jeremy Morel returned on...
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Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid: both sides threaten but Barca superior at finishing

March 25, 2015
Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid: both sides threaten but Barca superior at finishing

Barcelona moved four points  clear at the top of La Liga thanks to Luis Suarez’s winner. Barcelona selection Sergio Busquets was only fit enough for the bench, so Javier Mascherano played in the holding role, with Jeremy Mathieu the left-sided centre-back. Otherwise, the team was as expected. Xavi Hernandez had surprisingly started over Ivan Rakitic in the...
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Roma 1-1 Juventus: Juve revert to a back three and sit deep

March 4, 2015
Roma 1-1 Juventus: Juve revert to a back three and sit deep

Juventus played for, and achieved, the draw which means they remain firm favourites for a fourth consecutive Serie A title. Roma selection Rudi Garcia’s side was largely as expected, with Francesco Totti playing the false nine role, and Adem Ljajic on the right flank. The only change from the Europa League victory over Feyenoord was in...
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Atletico Madrid 4-0 Real Madrid: Atletico solid in central areas when defending and fluid to cause overloads out wide when attacking

February 10, 2015
Atletico Madrid 4-0 Real Madrid: Atletico solid in central areas when defending and fluid to cause overloads out wide when attacking

This was the sixth Madrid derby of the season, and Atletico remain unbeaten in those matches. This was their most convincing performance to date. Atletico selection Diego Simeone made various changes having rotated for the win over Eibar the previous weekend, with the likes of Juanfran, Miranda, Arda Turan and Gabi all returning, but this was...
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