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Lazio 1-2 Roma: Ranieri gets his starting line-up wrong, but fixes it at half-time

April 19, 2010
Lazio 1-2 Roma: Ranieri gets his starting line-up wrong, but fixes it at half-time

Claudio Ranieri is a manager renowned for his surprise (and slightly baffling substitutions) – even being nicknamed ‘the tinkerman’ as a result. When he gets to the end of his career, however, he may well look at his substitutions in this Rome Derby as the most important of his career.
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Real Madrid 2-0 Valencia: Real win the midfield battle

April 18, 2010
Real Madrid 2-0 Valencia: Real win the midfield battle

In the end, this was a routine win for Real, and the scoreline doesn’t really reflect their dominance.  As if the gap between Spain’s top two and the rest needed to be outlined any further, the difference between Real (2nd) and Valencia (3rd) is now an incredible 24 points.
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Man City 0-1 Man Utd: Paul Scholes – he scores goals

April 17, 2010
Man City 0-1 Man Utd: Paul Scholes – he scores goals

They say that football is great because it is so unpredictable, but there’s little in football more predictable than a stoppage time Manchester United winner in a title run-in. It wouldn’t be a Premiership season without one.
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Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea: Spurs better in defence, midfield and attack

April 17, 2010
Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea: Spurs better in defence, midfield and attack

Sam Allardyce recently said that 4-4-2 is ineffective at at the highest level, and therefore is now irrelevant to the Premiership. The traditionalists will be delighted, therefore, that Tottenham have managed to beat two of the top three sides in the division within four days – by playing a 4-4-2.
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Inter 2-0 Juventus: I Nerazzurri rely on a sending-off and a wonderstrike

April 17, 2010
Inter 2-0 Juventus: I Nerazzurri rely on a sending-off and a wonderstrike

Inter emerge victorious, but it was far from easy. A surprising system from Alberto Zaccheroni flummoxed Inter, and it took a combination of Momo Sissoko’s madness and Maicon’s brilliance to give Inter the crucial three points.
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Posted in Italy | 46 Comments »