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Bayern Munich v Lyon: tactical preview

April 21, 2010
Bayern Munich v Lyon: tactical preview

We haven’t had a German side in the Champions League semi-finalist since 2001/02, we haven’t had a French one since 2003/04. Both Leverkusen and Monaco went onto lose in the final, and it’s fair to say that whoever progresses from this tie will be expected to do the same.
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Inter 3-1 Barcelona: Why did Pep Guardiola play Zlatan Ibrahimovic?

April 20, 2010
Inter 3-1 Barcelona: Why did Pep Guardiola play Zlatan Ibrahimovic?

It’s not often during his two seasons as Barcelona manager that you can conclusively say that Pep Guardiola got his tactics wrong – but tonight that was the case, as Inter take an important two-goal lead to the Nou Camp.
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Inter v Barcelona: tactical preview

April 19, 2010
Inter v Barcelona: tactical preview

Many have commented that, in an ideal world, this may have been the final of the competition. Barcelona and Inter are generally considered to be the strongest two sides left in the Champions League – and of course, they are also the only two actual champions left.
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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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Posted in Spain | 54 Comments »