Posts Tagged ‘ pressing ’

Braga 1-2 Benfica: Lima stars on his return

January 28, 2013
Braga 1-2 Benfica: Lima stars on his return

Benfica produced a fine away performance to preserve their unbeaten Liga Sagres record. Jose Peseiro was forced to use an inexperienced centre-back combination of Vincent Sasso and Max Haas. The rest of his side was roughly as expected. Jorge Jesus was without Oscar Cardozo and Ezequiel Garay. Lima started alone upfront, while Ola John was selected...
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Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal: Chelsea stronger in the first half, Arsenal better after the break

January 20, 2013
Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal: Chelsea stronger in the first half, Arsenal better after the break

Chelsea took charge with a commanding start to the game, then held on in the second half. Rafael Benitez was without Victor Moses and Jon Obi Mikel because of the Africa Cup of Nations, and David Luiz was injured. This meant Ramires and Frank Lampard was the only possible midfield duo, with three creators ahead....
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Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool: United press

January 14, 2013
Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool: United press

Manchester United dominated the first hour, then hung on in the final stages. Sir Alex Ferguson named Danny Welbeck in his starting XI, with the out-of-form Antonio Valencia on the bench. Jonny Evans was out injured, so Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic played at the back. Brendan Rodgers kept Daniel Sturridge on the bench, preferring Stewart...
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Manchester City 2-2 Ajax: Ajax pressing forces Mancini to change shape

November 7, 2012
Manchester City 2-2 Ajax: Ajax pressing forces Mancini to change shape

Ajax raced into an early two-goal lead, but Manchester City pulled it back. Roberto Mancini chose an unusual formation – something like a lopsided 4-2-3-1. Pablo Zabaleta returned to the side, while Javi Garcia and Sergio Aguero came in for Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli. From the XI that defeated City 3-1 in Amsterdam, Frank de...
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Valencia 2-0 Atletico: neither side at their best as Simeone’s midfield selection backfires

November 6, 2012
Valencia 2-0 Atletico: neither side at their best as Simeone’s midfield selection backfires

Valencia won 2-0 in a disappointingly tame contest. Mauricio Pellegrino changed his two wide players, bringing in Andres Guardado and Sofiane Feghouli, and also introduced Jonas behind Roberto Soldado. Diego Simeone made a few changes, bringing back Tiago, Arda Turan and Adrian Lopez and moving to a different midfield format. Neither side played particularly sparkling football in...
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Posted in Spain | 28 Comments »