Posts Tagged ‘ compact ’

Real Madrid 0-1 Atletico Madrid: Diego Costa leads the line superbly in excellent Atleti display

September 30, 2013
Real Madrid 0-1 Atletico Madrid: Diego Costa leads the line superbly in excellent Atleti display

Atletico Madrid went ahead early at the Bernabeu, and then created much better chances. Carlo Ancelotti felt Gareth Bale wasn’t ready to make his first home start, instead using Angel Di Maria on the right. Asier Illaramendi partnered Sami Khedira in the centre. Diego Simeone has rotated his midfield well this season – here Raul Garcia...
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Chelsea 0-0 Manchester City: early caution from Benitez results in a dull game

November 26, 2012
Chelsea 0-0 Manchester City: early caution from Benitez results in a dull game

Rafael Benitez started his Chelsea reign with a goalless draw against the champions. Benitez kept Roberto Di Matteo’s front six intact, although played Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz together at centre-back, a combination his predecessor never selected. Roberto Mancini played four at the back, and continued with Edin Dzeko upfront, rather than Carlos Tevez – maybe...
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Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-1 Borussia Dortmund: compact sides and balls over the top

December 4, 2011
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-1 Borussia Dortmund: compact sides and balls over the top

2nd v 1st going into the game, but this draw allowed Bayern Munich to return to the top.
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Schalke 0-2 Manchester United: Schalke torn apart by United’s passing and movement

April 26, 2011
Schalke 0-2 Manchester United: Schalke torn apart by United’s passing and movement

Manchester United were superior throughout the 90 minutes and could have won by a much greater margin.
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Cesena 2-0 Milan: familiar problems for Milan

September 12, 2010
Cesena 2-0 Milan: familiar problems for Milan

Newly-promoted Cesena have four points from two tough opening games against Roma and Milan after this deserved victory.
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