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Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona: sloppy set-piece defending and full-back positioning

May 26, 2019
Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona: sloppy set-piece defending and full-back positioning

Reminder that my book Zonal Marking is out this week… Liverpool produced a remarkable comeback to defeat Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final, having lost the first leg 3-0 at the Camp Nou. As always with Liverpool’s European victories at Anfield, the win was credited to emotion, atmosphere and history. While those factors are certainly...
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Barcelona 5-1 Real Madrid: Barca rampant down the left, ending Lopetegui’s brief reign

October 30, 2018
Barcelona 5-1 Real Madrid: Barca rampant down the left, ending Lopetegui’s brief reign

Barcelona dominated throughout the first half and during the final 20 minutes, although Real’s half-time change of system nearly rescued the game. Ernesto Valverde was without Leo Messi, and left Ousmane Dembele on the bench. Julien Lopetegui’s main problem was the absence of Dani Carvajal, which meant Nacho continued at right-back.
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Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona: Messi runs the game from a number 10 role and fires in the winner

April 26, 2017
Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona: Messi runs the game from a number 10 role and fires in the winner

Lionel Messi produced a brilliant performance and a sensational late goal to blow La Liga’s title race wide open. Zinedine Zidane welcomed back Gareth Bale after injury, although he didn’t last the first half before being replaced by Marcos Asensio. Otherwise, the team was as expected. Luis Enrique was still without the suspended Neymar. Paco Alcacer...
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Juventus 3-0 Barcelona: Juve exploit Barca’s disjointed backline with two fine Dybala strikes

April 12, 2017
Juventus 3-0 Barcelona: Juve exploit Barca’s disjointed backline with two fine Dybala strikes

Juventus take a commanding lead to the Camp Nou for the second leg – and will be confident of faring better than PSG did last month. Max Allegri named his expected side. Mario Mandzukic has been playing on the left in recent weeks, while Daniel Alves faced his former side for the first time. Luis Enrique...
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Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid: Busquets drops back to help Barcelona gain control

February 3, 2016
Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid: Busquets drops back to help Barcelona gain control

Atletico started strongly, but a tactical switch helped Barcelona exert their authority. Luis Enrique named his expected line-up – essentially his strongest starting XI. Arda Turan was on the bench, for his first meeting against his former side. Diego Simeone named Yannick Carrasco in a support striker role, close to Antoine Griezmann, while Jose Giminez was...
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