Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool: freak goals hand Real their third straight European Cup

May 29, 2018
Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool: freak goals hand Real their third straight European Cup

Two crazy goalkeeping mistakes and an all-time great goal from substitute Gareth Bale earned Zinedine Zidane his third European Cup in three attempts.

Zidane decided to use his diamond midfield here, meaning Isco started instead of Bale, with Karim Benzema leading the line.

Jurgen Klopp’s side was as expected – injury problems meant he didn’t really have any selection dilemmas.

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Liverpool 3-0 Man City: City’s system & Liverpool’s pressing bring three goals in 30 mins

April 5, 2018
Liverpool 3-0 Man City: City’s system & Liverpool’s pressing bring three goals in 30 mins

Liverpool blitzed Manchester City in the opening half hour and take a massive lead to the Etihad next week.

Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI was as expected, with Loris Karius in goal and Dejan Lovren alongside Virgil van Dijk.

Sergio Aguero was injured. Pep Guardiola surprisingly omitted Raheem Sterling, perhaps as he’s previously performed poorly against his old club. Ilkay Gundogan was used instead, which hinted at an unusual system… Read more »

Juventus 0-0 Inter: Cuadrado-Mandzukic combination can’t quite provide the winner

December 11, 2017
Juventus 0-0 Inter: Cuadrado-Mandzukic combination can’t quite provide the winner

This match pitted six-time champions Juventus against surprise league leaders Inter, and produced an old-school Serie A game: patient, tactical, defences on top, but very much enthralling.

Juventus manager Max Allegri omitted Paulo Dybala from his starting XI – after an excellent start to the campaign, the Argentine has been off-form in recent weeks. Allegri opted for a more secure system with three central midfielders, plus Juan Cuadrado on the right and Mario Mandzukic wide-left.

Inter boss Luciano Spalletti has been very consistent with his team selection so far this season. The biggest area of change has been in midfield. Today, Matias Vecino returned, Marcelo Brozovic continued, and Roberto Gagliardini was left out.

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