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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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Marseille 2-3 PSG: Bielsa’s pressing has positives and negatives

April 8, 2015
Marseille 2-3 PSG: Bielsa’s pressing has positives and negatives

Paris Saint-German attacked directly and created lots of chances against a ludicrously proactive Marseille side who pressed extremely intensely until they tired. PSG maintain their position at the top, with Marseille in third, behind Lyon. Marseille selection Marcelo Bielsa was without suspended defensive midfielder Giannelli Imbula, so Mario Lemina came into the side. Jeremy Morel returned on...
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