19/02/13 – Porto vs Malaga (Champions League Last 16)

Porto vs MalagaPorto’s direct 4-1-2-3 system comes up against Malaga’s compact 4-2-3-1. Vitor Pereira has no selection concerns so can field his first choice XI. The return of Julio Baptista gives Manuel Pellegrini a dilemma – Isco was excellent as a central playmaker in the Champions League Group Stage, but Baptista’s inclusion may see the Spaniard moved out to the left wing.

This should be a style clash. Porto have played with verticality and attacking width for a decade, whereas Pellegrini has rebuilt Malaga around ball retention and patient build-up… (Read more)