Posts Tagged ‘ diamond ’

Monaco 1-1 PSG: Ranieri switches to a diamond to prompt a Monaco fightback

February 12, 2014
Monaco 1-1 PSG: Ranieri switches to a diamond to prompt a Monaco fightback

For the second time this season, France’s top two played out a 1-1 draw. Claudio Ranieri will be without Falcao for the rest of the campaign, and Dimitar Berbatov was only on the bench. He played a 4-4-2 system that became 4-2-2-2 when the wide players advanced, and drifted inside. Laurent Blanc was without Edinson Cavani....
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Real Madrid 3-0 Galatasaray: a comfortable win

April 4, 2013
Real Madrid 3-0 Galatasaray: a comfortable win

Galatasaray attacked bravely – but left too much space for Real to break into. Jose Mourinho used Michael Essien at right-back, with Karim Benzema rather than Gonzalo Higuain upfront. Fatih Terim used exactly the same shape he used in the previous Champions League match at Schalke, in the same diamond formation. Galatasaray had their moments, and created...
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Schalke 2-3 Galatasaray: Terim switches to a diamond but deals with Schalke width

March 13, 2013
Schalke 2-3 Galatasaray: Terim switches to a diamond but deals with Schalke width

Galatasaray recorded a surprise win and progressed 4-3 on aggregate. Jens Keller was without Klaas-Jan Huntelaar following the injury he sustained against Dortmund, so Teemu Pukki played alone upfront. Otherwise, Schalke were unchanged. Fatih Terim made one change from the first leg – Emmanuel Eboue replaced Sabri Sarioglu at right-back. This was an even contest, and would...
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Newcastle 0-3 Manchester United: Ferguson’s diamond forces Newcastle to change shape

October 8, 2012
Newcastle 0-3 Manchester United: Ferguson’s diamond forces Newcastle to change shape

Manchester United won the game primarily because of a dominant opening 15 minutes. Alan Pardew selected a 4-4-2 from the start. James Perch was at centre-back, Davide Santon on the right, and Shane Ferguson at left-back. Sir Alex Ferguson continued with the diamond he played against Cluj in midweek. Danny Welbeck replaced Javier Hernandez, while Tom...
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Barcelona 3-1 Milan: Guardiola goes with a 3-3-4

April 3, 2012
Barcelona 3-1 Milan: Guardiola goes with a 3-3-4

Barcelona weren’t at their best, but were fairly comfortable after scoring their third.
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