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Ruhr Derby Analysis: Dortmund’s best game yet, and other talking points

A sublime performance by Borussia Dortmund saw them beat local rivals Schalke 3-0 in what was a rather one sided game . Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marco Reus all netted to give Jurgen Klopp’s men a fourth consecutive win in the league. Despite dominating proceedings since the first minute and boasting of 31 shots in total, Dortmund only managed to find the back of the net after 78 minutes when Mkhitaryan set up Aubameyang for an easy finish. Just a minute later, the Armenian managed to get on the score sheet after a low Gundogan cross from the right flank. To make matters worse for Schalke, a mistake from keeper Wellenreuther, who had a brilliant game until then, led to the third goal of the afternoon. Here are some of the major talking points from the game: 1) Mkhitaryan finally scores! After going over 1000 minutes without scoring or assisting, Henrikh Mkhitaryan managed to do both in yesterday’s game. […] Read more »


The Revierderby : Borussia Dortmund vs FC Schalke 04 – Team News, Tactics, Lineups and Prediction

Borussia Dortmund vs FC Schalke 04 Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund Saturday, 28 February 2015, 15:30 CET (8:00pm IST) ***** The biggest game of the German football calendar has arrived! The Revierderby or the Ruhrderby has been fiercely fought on and off the field by both sides across the years, and with a lot at stake this time as well, it looks to be a cracking encounter once more. Schalke boss Roberto Di Matteo summed it up perfectly before before the 146th encounter between the two sides, “It is a game that will be dominated by the emotions – it will be a game full of passion and tactics”. Team news, tactics and lineup Dortmund On a three game winning streak for the first time this season, the home side will be energized in prospect of avenging the 2-1 loss to Schalke on Matchday 6 earlier this season. Despite being 12th in the table and a loss to Juventus on Tuesday, […] Read more »


UCL Analysis: Juventus Win, English Clubs Falter, Bayer Edge Out Atletico

If there is anything we learned from the second round of fixtures in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League round-of-16, it is that English clubs still have a long way to go if they are to consistently produce champion sides. Juventus ran out close 2-1 winners over a fighting Borussia Dortmund while Barcelona, yet again, provided an English club with a footballing masterclass. Old Lady stutters to a win Three first-half goals were enough to settle this tie, with Juventus having to thank Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata for giving them the lead going into the leg at Signal Iduna Park. An away goal, even in defeat, is crucial as we have learned over the years and Marco Reus will be grateful to Giorgio Chiellini, whose unfortunate slip gave Dortmund a glimmer of hope. An injury to talisman Andrea Pirlo could also be a cause for concern for the Italian giants. The Bundesliga side came into this match on the back […] Read more »

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Atletico Madrid: Simeone Happy To Lose 1-0, Says It Could Have Been Worse

Atletico Madrid boss, Diego Simeone, said he was happy despite the away defeat to Bayer Leverkusen insisting ‘it could have been worse’. Atletico Madrid lost to Bayer Leverkusen in the first-leg of the Champions League round-of-16 in Germany. The only goal of the game came from a stunning strike from Hakan Calhanoglu, while Fernando Torres had a goal disallowed in the second half and Tiago was sent off late on for two bookable offences. Someone spoke about the defeat and admitted that Atletico could not handle the pressing. He said that the result could have been worse and he is happy with that the away side only lost by a 1-0 margin. “It could’ve been worse. It was a strange game – I don’t think either side created many chances,” he said after the match. “We couldn’t handle their pressing. They won the second balls. “I imagined Torres would have a chance like the one he had, which was ruled […] Read more »

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Borussia Dortmund: 2-1 Against Juventus Is A Top Result, Feels Klopp

Borussia Dortmund fell to a 2-1 away defeat against Juventus, but manager Jurgen Klopp described it as a ‘top result’ for Dortmund. Borussia Dortmund travelled to Turin to face Juventus in the round-of-16 of the Champions League. The result ended in defeat for the away side as Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata led their side to a 2-1 victory. Marco Reus scored the only goal of the game for Dortmund as the German capitalized on a Chiellini mistake. Despite the defeat, Dortmund manager, Jurgen Klopp, exuded confidence and claimed that it was a ‘top result’. “It’s not true to say we didn’t have any shots in the second half, but we did play better in the first half,” Klopp told Sky Sport Italia. “Our plan was to press them on the ball, especially Chiellini and Bonucci, which of course worked for the goal. “However, we gave away two goals much too easily and it is always going to be a […] Read more »