Champions League

Carlo Ancelotti, an old fox of European competitions, tweaked his usual game plan to give Napoli an improved buildup structure and defensive solidity against Liverpool’s pressing and counterattacking. Liverpool, who are making little rotations in a brutal stretch of tough matches, were far from their best version on the ball. Both Napoli and Liverpool are […]

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Tottenham were willing to take the game to Barcelona from the first minute until the last, but were undone by repeated individual errors. Lionel Messi, never in need of any extra help, gleefully took advantage of the unforced mistakes and cut the opposition apart with his incisive passing and finishing. Tottenham hosted Barcelona at Wembley […]

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Despite a lot of possession and shots, Inter failed to create high quality offense and even fell behind. PSV were eventually outdone in crucial moments and Inter quite easily protected the lead. Having somewhat surprisingly won the group opener against Tottenham Hotspur, Inter had the chance of getting six points from their first two Champions […]

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Manchester United may not have lost this match, but José Mourinho’s side looked second best for significant spells of the game. Valencia exploited United’s man-marking system but couldn’t find the finishing touch in the final third. Meanwhile United’s possession game was – once more – slow and lacking in ideas. Manchester United’s current poor form […]

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An inexperienced Hoffenheim side did everything they could to fend off Pep Guardiola’s brilliant Manchester City. After an opening goal after 44 seconds, Hoffenheim sat back and carried out their plan to keep Manchester City away from their box. A late David Silva winner gave the visitors the three points they did deserve. Olympique Lyon […]

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Manchester City put in a once-in-a-blue-moon performance, as they were defeated 2-1 at home by Olympique Lyon in their opening Champions League fixture of the season. City’s lackadaisical possession and Lyon’s quick transitions led to the Premier League side’s fourth defeat in a row in the Champions League. City lined up in a classic 4-3-3 […]

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