Posts Tagged ‘ pressing ’

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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Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal: Cazorla stays high up and exploits space between the lines

September 2, 2012
Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal: Cazorla stays high up and exploits space between the lines

Arsenal started nervously but eventually got into their stride to record an impressive win over Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers brought Daniel Agger straight back into the team after he was suspended for the draw against Manchester City, while Nuri Sahin was given his debut in midfield, in place of the injured Lucas Leiva. Arsene Wenger kept his...
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Manchester United 2-3 Athletic Bilbao: United unable to deal with pressing and high tempo

March 8, 2012
Manchester United 2-3 Athletic Bilbao: United unable to deal with pressing and high tempo

Athletic produced an extremely impressive performance, and take a decent lead back to Bilbao.
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Arsenal 3-0 Milan: Arsenal press excellently but lack options from the bench to maintain it

March 6, 2012
Arsenal 3-0 Milan: Arsenal press excellently but lack options from the bench to maintain it

Arsenal got very close to the most remarkable two-legged turnaround in Champions League history.
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