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Manchester United 1-2 Real Madrid: red card allows Real to take control

March 6, 2013
Manchester United 1-2 Real Madrid: red card allows Real to take control

Manchester United’s starting strategy nullified Real Madrid’s main threats, but Jose Mourinho reacted quickly after United went down to ten. Sir Alex Ferguson left out Wayne Rooney and Shinji Kagawa, favouring Nani and Ryan Giggs on the flanks. Tom Cleverley started in place of Phil Jones, while Jonny Evans dropped to the bench as Ferguson...
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Real Madrid 1-1 Barcelona: Real press excellently but tire and allow Barca chances

January 31, 2013
Real Madrid 1-1 Barcelona: Real press excellently but tire and allow Barca chances

Real pressed effectively in the first half, but Barcelona exerted their dominance after the break. With various absences, Jose Mourinho was forced to name a makeshift backline – Ricardo Carvalho played alongside Rafael Varane, Alvaro Arbeloa had to play left-back, so Michael Essien deputised on the right. New signing Diego Lopez started in goal, Jose...
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Manchester City 1-1 Real Madrid: City out

November 22, 2012
Manchester City 1-1 Real Madrid: City out

Roberto Mancini started with a back three, then moved to a back four, but Manchester City couldn’t find a second goal. Mancini decided to start with a similar XI to the second half shape against Tottenham, when they looked good with a back three. Nine of the 11 players were the same, with the exception...
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Modric and Song arrivals indicate Barcelona and Real are thinking about each other’s style

August 30, 2012
Modric and Song arrivals indicate Barcelona and Real are thinking about each other’s style

Last night’s Supercopa match – a 2-1 win to Real, meaning they won the tie on away goals – highlighted the huge difference in playing style between the two sides. Real dominated the game in the opening period when the match was frantic and direct. Constant long balls in behind the Barcelona defence produced numerous chances...
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Euro 2012 preview: Croatia

June 6, 2012
Euro 2012 preview: Croatia

Of the 16 teams in this competition, Croatia are one of the hardest to define. They seem trapped between a few different ways of playing, and don’t have a specific footballing identity They are clearly not as good as the excellent side of 2008, despite retaining a few of the key players, and a hint...
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