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2008 CL Final: Chelsea – Manchester United 1:1 (5:6 Penalties)

The starting lineups

The all English final. All of Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, and United were actually in this season’s Champions League quarter-final – an impressive showing for English football. Manchester United were able to narrowly beat a struggling Barcelona with Ronaldinho on his way out, and Chelsea were able to defeat Liverpool in extra time to reach this final. It was a great game which was dictated by Manchester United’s quick possession and combination play.

2006/07 CL Quarter-Finals: Manchester United – Roma 7:1

The starting lineups

This is easily one of the most memorable Champions League matches of Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson. United leave this Champions League quarter-final tie with one of the most dominant score lines in the history of the competition. In the first leg of this quarter-final Roma had won 2-1 at home so it was up to United to come out and attack to survive – and that’s exactly what they did.

2011 CL Final: FC Barcelona – Manchester United 3:1

The starting lineups

Pep Guardiola vs. Sir Alex Ferguson in the Champions League final. Two of the best coaches in the history of the game (and two of my personal favorites) meet on the biggest stage in European club football. Ferguson called this the best team he has ever faced – and with good reason – as Guardiola’s Barcelona was near its peak and their focus on controlling the center while maintaining the ball was too much for the Red Devils.

Real Madrid – PSG 1:0

Systems for most of the match (after the injuries).

Blanc and PSG showed why they are underrated with a good performance away to the European giant Real Madrid. Los Blancos displayed some worrying qualities on defense while PSG seems to have improved their possession game since the previous season. PSG had some problems in defense as well, but their use of the ball resulted in a match where they were very unlucky to lose 1:0.

Bayern Munich – Bayer Leverkusen 3:0

The starting lineups (hope you had a laugh at Costa's role!)

An interesting tactical battle between two of the top teams on the planet. Pep Guardiola finally really beats Roger Schmidt with a very interesting and fluid system. Leverkusen executed their usual game plan of intense pressing and lay-off/combination focus in transitions, but Bayern was able to nullify both of these aspects  in a unique way.

PSG – Barcelona 1:3

Messi's movement into the center connected him to the advantageous zone more directly. The red zone is the original area of superiority due to PSG's shape. The blue zone shows the advantageous situation that stems from the red zone and Messi moving inside. The yellow zone highlights Barcelona's structure when attacking the back line after the play stemmed from the advantageous area - Neymar scored the 1st goal like this!

Barcelona faced PSG in Paris for the first leg of the Quarter Finals. Barcelona dominated the game in what was another world-class showing for Lionel Messi. Messi’s reaction to PSG’s asymmetrical 4-4-2 along with Barcelona wing-combinations resulted in the 1-3 away win for Lucho’s men.

Barcelona – Real Madrid 2:1

Benzema's slick backheel assist to Ronaldo.

El Clasico is the most popular club football match in the world. It has arguably the two most powerful clubs in Europe facing off with a large amount of star players. Technical stars such as Benzema, Modric, Marcelo, Iniesta, and Messi faced off in this match and made it particularly exciting to watch.