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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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Valencia 0-5 Real Madrid: ruthless counter-attacking puts Real five up by half-time

January 22, 2013
Valencia 0-5 Real Madrid: ruthless counter-attacking puts Real five up by half-time

Real Madrid produced one of their finest performances under Jose Mourinho. Valencia coach Ernesto Valverde was without David Albelda and Joao Pereira, so Fernando Gago played a very deep midfield role, and Ricardo Costa was forced to move to right-back. Jose Mourinho named Fabio Coentrao rather than Marcelo at left-back alongside an unfamiliar centre-back combination, and...
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Valencia 2-0 Sevilla: two Soldado goals from corners

January 13, 2013
Valencia 2-0 Sevilla: two Soldado goals from corners

A disappointing game between two sides that have regressed over the past couple of seasons. Ernesto Valverde named an unchanged side from the XI that won at Granada last time out, which meant Andres Guardado continued at left-back. Michel also selected an unchanged side, from the 1-0 win over Osasuna. Valencia dominated the ball and eventually broke...
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