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Real Madrid 2-0 Atletico Madrid: Simeone goes 4-4-2, Real score through a set-piece and a break

December 2, 2012
Real Madrid 2-0 Atletico Madrid: Simeone goes 4-4-2, Real score through a set-piece and a break

Real Madrid triumphed in a hugely disappointing match. Jose Mourinho named a familiar side, basically the 2011/12 Real Madrid team. Fabio Coentrao was at left-back, while Luka Modric was only on the bench with Mesut Ozil starting in the hole. Diego Simeone named a 4-4-2 side, which meant Diego Costa playing upfront with Falcao, and Koke...
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Malaga 4-0 Valencia: Pellegrini gets the better of Pellegrino

November 26, 2012
Malaga 4-0 Valencia: Pellegrini gets the better of Pellegrino

Isco was the catalyst for a fabulous demonstration of movement and interplay from Malaga’s front four. After rotating heavily for the trip to Zenit in midweek, Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini played a more familiar XI, unchanged from the draw at Osasuna last week. Mauricio Pellegrino’s major decision was the use of Ever Banega – rather than...
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Valencia 2-0 Atletico: neither side at their best as Simeone’s midfield selection backfires

November 6, 2012
Valencia 2-0 Atletico: neither side at their best as Simeone’s midfield selection backfires

Valencia won 2-0 in a disappointingly tame contest. Mauricio Pellegrino changed his two wide players, bringing in Andres Guardado and Sofiane Feghouli, and also introduced Jonas behind Roberto Soldado. Diego Simeone made a few changes, bringing back Tiago, Arda Turan and Adrian Lopez and moving to a different midfield format. Neither side played particularly sparkling football in...
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Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid: two goals each for Ronaldo and Messi

October 7, 2012
Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid: two goals each for Ronaldo and Messi

Both sides appeared content with a point from an entertaining match. Tito Vilanova surprisingly named Adriano at centre-back rather than Alex Song, in the absence of Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol. Andres Iniesta returned to the side in place of Alexis Sanchez. Jose Mourinho went for a familiar side – with no Luka Modric or Michael...
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Sevilla 1-0 Real Madrid: Sevilla score after 2 minutes, then protect the lead for 88

September 16, 2012
Sevilla 1-0 Real Madrid: Sevilla score after 2 minutes, then protect the lead for 88

Sevilla triumphed in a fascinating tactical battle at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Sevilla coach Michel made an interesting selection decision, introducing Hedwiges Maduro into the midfield triangle. This pushed Piotr Trochowski forward to the left, and meant Manu had to settle for a place on the bench. Jose Mourinho chose a familiar side, with Luka Modric...
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