Porto 1-0 PSG: Porto dominate with more width

October 4, 2012
Porto 1-0 PSG: Porto dominate with more width

PSG remained narrow while Porto played with plenty of width – and the home side’s two wingers were the key attacking players.

Vitor Pereira chose his expected line-up in the usual 4-3-3 system.

Carlo Ancelotti left out Javier Pastore, preferring Jeremy Menez and Nene. At the back he brought in Mamadou Sakho.

Porto played superior football throughout the match, and although PSG had a few chances on the break, Pereira’s side were fully deserving of the three points. Read more »

Benfica 0-2 Barcelona: Sanchez and Fabregas exploit the space between Pereira and Jardel

October 4, 2012
Benfica 0-2 Barcelona: Sanchez and Fabregas exploit the space between Pereira and Jardel

Barcelona constantly attacked into an inside-left position in their comfortable victory over Benfica.

Jorge Jesus chose 4-1-4-1ish system with Nemanja Matic sitting deep in midfield and Bruno Rodrigo having most license to get forward. Oscar Cardozo wasn’t fit, so Lima started alone upfront.

Tito Vilanova brought back Carles Puyol into defence, while Cesc Fabregas played in Andres Iniesta’s left-centre midfield position.

That turned out to be a crucial part of Barca’s gameplan – Fabregas stormed forward to turn Barcelona’s front three into a front four and overwhelmed the Benfica defence. Read more »

Manchester United 2-3 Tottenham: Spurs attack directly then defend deep

October 1, 2012
Manchester United 2-3 Tottenham: Spurs attack directly then defend deep

An excellent first half performance put Tottenham in control, and they hung on with a fine defensive performance in the second half.

Sir Alex Ferguson brought Paul Scholes back into the starting line-up and used Ryan Giggs on the left. Wayne Rooney was on the bench.

Andre Villas-Boas chose Clint Dempsey ahead of Gylfi Sigurdsson, and played Jan Vertonghen at left-back with Steven Caulker coming into the centre of the pitch. Brad Fridel continued in goal.

The halves were completely different – Tottenham were excellent going forward before half-time, before gradually sitting deeper and deeper in the second half. Read more »