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Real Madrid 1-1 Juventus: Real attack through the full-backs but Juve hold on

May 15, 2015
Real Madrid 1-1 Juventus: Real attack through the full-backs but Juve hold on

Juventus qualified for the European Cup final with a 3-2 aggregate victory. Real Madrid selection Carlo Ancelotti surprisingly dropped Pepe and shifted Sergio Ramos back into his favoured centre-back position, after an unsuccessful stint in midfield during the first leg. Upfront, Karim Benzema was fit to return, and otherwise it was Real’s expected side, with Marcelo and...
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Barcelona 3-0 Bayern: Guardiola changes system within first 15 minutes, Messi wins it in the last 15 minutes

May 7, 2015
Barcelona 3-0 Bayern: Guardiola changes system within first 15 minutes, Messi wins it in the last 15 minutes

Barcelona eventually prevailed thanks to some fantastic Lionel Messi play, at the end of a fascinating, high-tempo contest. Barcelona selection Luis Enrique continues to use Marc-Andre ter Stegen as his cup goalkeeper, with Claudio Bravo dropping to the bench. Otherwise, the team was as expected. Jeremy Mathieu was ruled out through injury – and it was interesting...
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Bayern 1-1 Dortmund: Klopp floods the centre to harm Bayern’s build-up

May 1, 2015
Bayern 1-1 Dortmund: Klopp floods the centre to harm Bayern’s build-up

Dortmund progressed to the DFB-Pokal final on penalties following a 1-1 draw. Bayern selection Pep Guardiola started with a three-man defence, and surprisingly named Rafinha, traditionally a right-back, as the left-sided centre-back. Further forward, Mitchell Weiser was handed the right-sided midfield role for the newly-crowned Bundesliga champions, with Arjen Robben fit enough only for the bench. Thiago Alcantara...
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Real Madrid 1-0 Atletico Madrid: poor Atletico transitions mean Real dominate the entire tie

April 24, 2015
Real Madrid 1-0 Atletico Madrid: poor Atletico transitions mean Real dominate the entire tie

Javier Hernandez struck in the 178th of the 180 minutes in this European Cup quarter-final, but Real had been the better side throughout. Real selection Carlo Ancelotti had a mini-injury crisis, with Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Marcelo all out. This meant Javier Hernandez, Fabio Coentrao and Isco were all recalled, although the replacement for...
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Porto 3-1 Bayern: Porto press effectively

April 17, 2015
Porto 3-1 Bayern: Porto press effectively

Porto recorded a hugely impressive victory, largely thanks to their intense pressing in the opening stages, which put them into an early two-goal lead. Porto selection Julen Lopetegui was still without forward Cristian Tello, who had scored five goals in four games before suffering a thigh injury. The good news, however, was that captain and centre-forward Jackson...
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