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Real Sociedad 4-2 Valencia: superb counter-attacking seals the win

April 30, 2013
Real Sociedad 4-2 Valencia: superb counter-attacking seals the win

Real Sociedad opened up a five-point gap in the race for fourth place. Philippe Montanier brought in Alberto de la Bella for the injured Liassine Cadamuro at left-back, Asier Illarramendi returned after suspension, but Antoine Griezmann was banned so Gonzalo Castro played on the left. From the side that thrashed Malaga 5-1, Ernesto Valverde brought Ricardo...
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Valencia 5-1 Malaga: Jonas and Canales’ narrowness allows Banega freedom to dominate

April 21, 2013
Valencia 5-1 Malaga: Jonas and Canales’ narrowness allows Banega freedom to dominate

Valencia thrashed Malaga thanks to four goals in an amazing eight-minute first half period. Ernesto Valverde brought in Adil Rami and David Albelda for the two Costas, Ricardo and Tino. Manuel Pellegrini was still without Jeremy Toulalan, so named an unchanged side from the 1-0 win over Osasuna. The eight-minute spell was a freak period of play...
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Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona: Mourinho rests multiple players but replicates midweek strategy

March 3, 2013
Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona: Mourinho rests multiple players but replicates midweek strategy

Sergio Ramos nodded in a late winner, as Real beat Barca for the second time in a week. Jose Mourinho rested his entire midfield and attack ahead of the game against Manchester United, and reshuffled in defence, too. Jordi Roura was without Xavi Hernandez so played Thiago Alcantara. He played Javier Mascherano instead of Carles Puyol,...
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Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid: Real comfortable defensively and ruthless on the break

February 27, 2013
Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid: Real comfortable defensively and ruthless on the break

Barcelona suffered their second major defeat within the space of a week, and Real are through to the Copa del Rey final. Jordi Roura brought in Jose Pinto for Victor Valdes in goal – as always in this competition. The rest of the side was the same as against Milan with both Cesc Fabregas and...
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Real Madrid 1-1 Barcelona: Real press excellently but tire and allow Barca chances

January 31, 2013
Real Madrid 1-1 Barcelona: Real press excellently but tire and allow Barca chances

Real pressed effectively in the first half, but Barcelona exerted their dominance after the break. With various absences, Jose Mourinho was forced to name a makeshift backline – Ricardo Carvalho played alongside Rafael Varane, Alvaro Arbeloa had to play left-back, so Michael Essien deputised on the right. New signing Diego Lopez started in goal, Jose...
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