Real Madrid turn on style as Manchester United sweat over injuries

Real Madrid turn on style as Manchester United sweat over injuries

Two of the star players from Manchester United's performance at The Bernabéu are currently on their injury list. Manchester United are hopeful that Phil Jones and Robin van Persie will be fit for the return clash against Real Madrid on March 5th however losing both players would be considered a blow. According to PhysioRoom.com both United players have no return date as of yet as Phil Jones has an ankle/foot injury whilst van Persie has a bruised hip. Real Madrid turned …
Video: Rooney & Kaka Preview Manchester United Vs Real Madrid

Video: Rooney & Kaka Preview Manchester United Vs Real Madrid

Wayne Rooney and Kaka have been speaking exclusively to bwin ahead of the massive 2nd leg of their Champions League game at Old Trafford on Tuesday. The teaser video is below in which Rooney and Kaka answer questions on what makes their managers the best in the world and how they feel playing at Old Trafford. Rooney has found the scoring touch lately and he will be really looking forward to making his mark on the grandest stage of them all: …
Full Video: Rooney & Kaka Preview Manchester United Vs Real Madrid

Full Video: Rooney & Kaka Preview Manchester United Vs Real Madrid

Yesterday we posted the teaser video for Rooney and Kaka's interview with bwin. Today we have the full video for our readers on EPLIndex.com below. Today brings the much-anticipated Manchester United Vs Real Madrid 2nd leg. With the match poised at 1-1 it could really go either way and has the potential to be one of the matches of the season. If their previous meeting at Old Trafford (epic 4-3 victory with old-school Ronaldo getting a hat trick) is anything …
Spain 2 Uruguay 1 | Confederations Cup Tactical Analysis

Spain 2 Uruguay 1 | Confederations Cup Tactical Analysis

Spain began their quest to win a fourth major international a tournament in a row with quite possibly the most emphatic 2-1 victory you will ever witness. They have now played 26 competitive games without defeat since their shock defeat to Switzerland in their opening game of the 2010 World Cup. How good were Spain? Sections of the Spanish media are proclaiming the first half performance as their best yet under the guidance of del Bosque. And yes, whilst Spain …
Manchester United vs Real Madrid Preview | A Spanish Perspective

Manchester United vs Real Madrid Preview | A Spanish Perspective

Anaethetising the opposition: passing & shooting analysis for Euro 2012

Anaethetising the opposition: passing & shooting analysis for Euro 2012

The key is to control the game. If we have the ball, he'll participate less and cause us fewer problems.
The above quote by Gerard Piqué about Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the semi-final with Portugal summed up Spain's approach during Euro 2012. In a typically excellent piece by Sid Lowe for the Guardian (from which the above quote is taken), Spain's approach is described as being anaesthetic rather than aesthetic. The crux is that by controlling the ball, Spain are able to …
The Italy v Spain or Xavi Vs Pirlo Euro 2012 Final Preview

The Italy v Spain or Xavi Vs Pirlo Euro 2012 Final Preview

We'll begin with a quick review of the Euro 2012 Semi Final Result:
Italy 2 Germany 1...and ‘It could have been four, or five’. 
  This was the night that Balotelli finally came of age; where Pirlo was involved with 34% of the Azzurri’s play (received or played a pass) and boasted a 92% pass rate. Cesare Prandelli set his team up in his favoured 4-3-1-2 formation for the third game in succession after beginning the tournament with the controversial …
Italy 1-1 Croatia Report & Why Croatia were 39.8% ‘Luckier’? [PDO v2]

Italy 1-1 Croatia Report & Why Croatia were 39.8% ‘Luckier’? [PDO v2]

Both the Azzurri and Croatia came into this game unchanged and in full confidence after their recent performances against Spain and the Republic of Ireland. Italy’s first half performance was comfortable - with the midfield trio of Pirlo, Marchisio and Thiago Motta running the show and the front line of Balotelli - Cassano were provided with constant ammunition. It was Andrea Pirlo who broke the deadlock with a trademark placed free kick from 25 yards out. Incredibly, Pirlo became the …