Posts Tagged ‘ kroos ’

Manchester City 1-3 Bayern Munich: Bayern dominate midfield through numbers & pressing

October 2, 2013
Manchester City 1-3 Bayern Munich: Bayern dominate midfield through numbers & pressing

Bayern Munich completely outplayed Manchester City for the vast majority of this contest. Manuel Pellegrini somewhat surprisingly decided to use Micah Richards rather than Pablo Zabaleta at right-back, while Gael Clichy returned at left-back. David Silva was only considered fit enough for the bench – so it was Pellegrini’s usual midfield and attack. Pep Guardiola named...
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Arsenal 1-3 Bayern: Arsenal outpassed and outpressed

February 21, 2013
Arsenal 1-3 Bayern: Arsenal outpassed and outpressed

Bayern took a commanding lead following a dominant first leg performance. Arsene Wenger chose to leave out Olivier Giroud, using Theo Walcott as the primary striker with Santi Cazorla right and Aaron Ramsey in midfield. Left-back problems forced Thomas Vermaelen into that position. Jupp Heynckes was without Jerome Boateng and long-term injury victim Holger Badstuber, so...
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Bayern 1-1 Dortmund: surprising Dortmund midfield shape leaves Kroos free

December 2, 2012
Bayern 1-1 Dortmund: surprising Dortmund midfield shape leaves Kroos free

The league leaders and the champions played out an entertaining 1-1 draw in Munich. Bastian Schweinsteiger returned to the centre of Bayern’s midfield, while Jupp Heynckes selected Mario Mandzukic as his lone centre-forward. Mats Hummels, Ikay Gundogan and Mario Gotze all returned to Dortmund’s side after missing the 1-1 draw with Dusseldorf in midweek. This was an...
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Schalke 0-2 Bayern: Kroos controls the game

September 24, 2012
Schalke 0-2 Bayern: Kroos controls the game

Bayern dominated possession throughout the match, and eventually found a route to goal. Huub Stevens made just one change from the side that defeated Olympiakos in midweek, bringing in Julian Draxler in place of Tranquilo Barnetta. Jupp Heynckes’ Bayern side had played a day later than Schalke (beating Valencia 2-1) so he freshened up the side...
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Italy 2-1 Germany: Balotelli double

June 29, 2012
Italy 2-1 Germany: Balotelli double

Jogi Low tried to change his shape to compete in the centre of midfield, but Italy produced an excellent performance to qualify for the final. Cesare Prandelli kept his diamond system. Giorgio Chiellini returned at left-back, but Ignazio Abate was unfit, so Federico Balzaretti moved over to an unfamiliar right-back role. Jogi Low had decisions to...
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Posted in Euro 2012 | 275 Comments »