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Bayern 5-1 Dortmund: formation switches, width and long balls expose Dortmund

October 6, 2015
Bayern 5-1 Dortmund: formation switches, width and long balls expose Dortmund

Bayern Munich maintained their 100% record in the Bundesliga by thrashing second-placed Borussia Dortmund. Pep Guardiola brought Jerome Boateng and Mario Gotze back into his side, although surprisingly Arturo Vidal remained on the bench. This seemed set to be a straightforward 4-2-3-1 system, although Guardiola had other ideas up his sleeve. Thomas Tuchel, facing Bayern for...
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Wolfsburg 3-1 Dortmund: Wolfsburg comfortable despite rarely dominating

June 2, 2015
Wolfsburg 3-1 Dortmund: Wolfsburg comfortable despite rarely dominating

Jurgen Klopp waved farewell to Dortmund with a defeat in the German Cup final. Wolfsburg selection There were few surprises in Dieter Hecking’s team selection. Andre Schurrle continues to be left on the bench ,with both wide players in good form. Timm Klose has displaced Robin Knoche at the heart of Wolfsburg’s backline, while Naldo – who had...
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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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