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Real Madrid 0-2 Barcelona: Xavi runs the show yet again

April 11, 2010
Real Madrid 0-2 Barcelona: Xavi runs the show yet again

The most eagerly-anticipated league match of the 2009/10 season, and a comprehensive, deserved win for Barcelona, who will now surely go on to win the title for the second consecutive season.
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Fiorentina 2-2 Inter: The same goal three times, and a good result for neither

April 11, 2010
Fiorentina 2-2 Inter: The same goal three times, and a good result for neither

An exciting game that finished with a deserved point for either side, but it is a result that isn’t of much help to either at the moment – Fiorentina’s vague Champions League hopes are almost dead, whilst Inter are off the top of the table for the first time in months.
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Fiorentina 3-2 Bayern – Viola deal well with the wide threat, but leave themselves exposed in the centre

March 10, 2010
Fiorentina 3-2 Bayern – Viola deal well with the wide threat, but leave themselves exposed in the centre

Fiorentina are out of the competition despite Cesare Prandelli getting his tactics spot on both home and away. Bayern progress thanks to some highly questionable refereeing decisions in the first leg, and two excellent strikes in the second leg – their first defeat in 18 games.
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Arsenal 5-0 Porto – an open game favours the better side

March 9, 2010
Arsenal 5-0 Porto – an open game favours the better side

It’s difficult to summarise a match tactically when one side wins by five goals. On one hand, assessing every aspect of the game points to Arsenal getting it tactically spot on, on the other you’re left to conclude that a five-goal win comes from a superiority in pure footballing terms, not the nitty-gritty of...
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Teams of the Decade #4: Porto, 2002-04

March 8, 2010
Teams of the Decade #4: Porto, 2002-04

Almost six years on, it’s slightly difficult to describe what an incredible job Jose Mourinho did at Porto. Looking across this side and seeing names such as Deco, Ricardo Carvalho, Maniche and Costinha, the first reaction is to think, ‘Ah, it was a team packed full of good players’.
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