Posts Tagged ‘ 3-4-1-2 ’

Manchester City 2-1 Tottenham: Mancini’s three-man defence shows first positive signs

November 12, 2012
Manchester City 2-1 Tottenham: Mancini’s three-man defence shows first positive signs

Manchester City turned the game around with a strong second half performance, helped by Roberto Mancini’s mid-game formation switch. Mancini named Aleksandar Kolarov on the left of midfield, with Samir Nasri ill. David Silva returned on the right, while Matija Nastasic was again at centre-back. Javi Garcia was on the bench, and Mario Balotelli left...
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Milan 0-1 Inter: Inter strike early, then hold on with ten men despite constant Milan pressure

October 9, 2012
Milan 0-1 Inter: Inter strike early, then hold on with ten men despite constant Milan pressure

Inter preserved a one-goal lead for almost the entire match after Walter Samuel’s crucial early goal. Max Allegri played Daniele Bonera at right-back rather than Ignazio Abate, and used Urby Emanuelson on the right flank. Andrea Stramaccioni named the same XI that defeated Fiorentina last weekend, in a 3-4-1-2 starting shape. There was barely a tactical battle...
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Mancini to use a three-man defence as plan B?

August 14, 2012
Mancini to use a three-man defence as plan B?

Sunday’s Community Shield was an enjoyable, eventful match – but it was difficult to take too many conclusions from it. It wasn’t just that the match is something of an irrelevance (a feeling supported by the fact Branislav Ivanovic escaped a ban for his red card because the match isn’t considered a first-team game...
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Inter 0-0 Roma: interesting in theory, but not on the pitch

September 17, 2011
Inter 0-0 Roma: interesting in theory, but not on the pitch

Two sides lacking confidence contested a fairly tame 0-0 draw in Milan.
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Fiorentina 1-1 Napoli: the away side’s lopsided defensive shape works rather well

September 1, 2010
Fiorentina 1-1 Napoli: the away side’s lopsided defensive shape works rather well

The closest thing to a ‘glamour tie’ in the first round of Serie A finished all square – 1-1 both in terms of goals and red cards.
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