Chelsea 2-2 Juventus: Juve take advantage of their areas of strength

September 19, 2012
Chelsea 2-2 Juventus: Juve take advantage of their areas of strength

Oscar’s strikes gave Chelsea two-goal lead, but Juventus found a way back into the game.

Roberto Di Matteo selected Oscar as the central playmaker in his 4-2-3-1, with Juan Mata on the bench. The rest of the side was as expected.

Antonio Conte (and assistant Massimo Carrera) named the expected side.

There were no major surprises in the way the sides lined up, either – it was 4-2-3-1 against 3-5-2, and both sides had areas of strength and weakness. Read more »

Real Madrid 3-2 Manchester City: second half switches leave City exposed down their right

September 19, 2012
Real Madrid 3-2 Manchester City: second half switches leave City exposed down their right

An excellent match, defined by a chaotic final 15 minutes.

Jose Mourinho surprisingly named Michael Essien, rather than Mesut Ozil or Luka Modric, in the centre of his midfield. Sergio Ramos was dropped, with Raphael Varane starting at centre-back instead.

Roberto Mancini also made a surprise selection decision, with Matija Nastasic starting over Joleon Lescott at the back. Yaya Toure played at the head of City’s midfield triangle.

Real dominated the majority of the game but twice fell behind, while City scored two goals against the run of play, before losing the game after some shambolic defending late on. Read more »

Dortmund 3-0 Leverkusen: Leverkusen caught out by Dortmund full-backs overlapping

September 17, 2012
Dortmund 3-0 Leverkusen: Leverkusen caught out by Dortmund full-backs overlapping

Dortmund recorded a comfortable victory over Leverkusen side that offered little attacking threat.

Jurgen Klopp named a side familiar from last season, with Marco Reus carrying a slight knock and therefore only on the bench.

Sami Hyypia made a single change, bringing in Jens Hegeler for captain Simon Rolfes.

This was an interesting formation battle that favoured Dortmund, whose movement had a clear purpose and was effective at dragging Leverkusen out of position, before exploiting the space on the flanks. Read more »