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Video: El Clásico Tactical Review: FC Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid; Copa del Rey Semifinals, 1st Leg

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Why didn’t Real Madrid collapse this time around?


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There was a lot different about this Clásico in comparison to the 5-1 defeat under Lopetegui. The personnel had changed, the confidence going into the tie had improved dramatically, Karim Benzema was on fire, and, most importantly, the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Yet Solari’s defensive scheme looked a lot like Lopetegui’s at first glance — a narrow 4-1-4-1 medium block. So, why didn’t Real Madrid collapse like last time out?