Borussia Dortmund vs Juventus FC

Analysis: Carlos Tevez Brace Sends Juventus Into Champions League Last Eight

Carlos Tevez scored twice and set up Alvaro Morata as Juventus crushed Borussia 3-0 in Dortmund. Their first-leg advantage allowed them to focus on defending in Dortmund and they performed their task to perfection. Jurgen Klopp’s men never even came close to troubling Gianluigi Buffon as Juventus happily sat back and conceded possession, with Dortmund having zero shots on target in the opening 45 minutes. The Bundesliga side seemed to lack a clear gameplan and were devoid of ideas. Dortmund’s main dangerman, Marco Reus, was hardly involved, while fellow attackers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Kevin Kampl were all anonymous. Max Allegri leads the Old Lady through to the Champions League quarter-finals thanks to a 5-1 aggregate triumph. The Bianconeri won the first leg 2-1, but Andrea Pirlo, Martin Caceres, Kwadwo Asamoah and Romulo were sidelined. Jurgen Klopp dropped Ciro Immobile to the bench against his old club and opted for Sokratis Papastathopoulos at right-back. The visitors took little time […] Read more »

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Borussia Dortmund V Juventus – Team News, Tactics, Lineups And Predictions

BORUSSIA DORTMUND vs JUVENTUS Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund Wednesday 18th March, 2015, 19:45 GMT  *** Borussia Dortmund welcome Juventus to the Westfalenstadion on Wednesday knowing that a 1-0 victory over Massimiliano Allegri’s men would be enough to see them through to the quarter-final stages of the Champions League. Juve hold a slight advantage in the two-legged encounter following a slender 2-1 victory at home to Jurgen Klopp and his charges back in late February. The Italian side know that any form of draw would give them safe passage, with an away goal making it a little more difficult for the German club. Dortmund have enjoyed an important resurgence in 2015 and have managed to lift themselves from probable relegation to a safely-placed position in the middle of the German top flight. The Germans have slightly faltered on the domestic front in their last two Bundesliga games, with Dortmund drawing blanks in two scoreless draws against Hamburger SV and FC Koln respectively. […] Read more »

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Kagawa And Reus Are Key For Dortmund, Declares Klopp

Having secured the transfer of Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa last summer, Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp is very happy. Klopp has forever been a huge admirer of Kagawa but was forced to let the now 25 year-old leave when Manchester United came calling three years ago. The Japanese endured a tough spell in English football as he was played either out of position (by Sir Alex Ferguson) or not played at all (by Ferguson’s successor David Moyes). When Louis Van Gaal took charge in the summer, Kagawa was deemed surplus and eventually sold to his former club. Both Klopp and Kagawa seemed quite happy with the agreement, and the Dortmund manager continues to be a huge fan of the playmaker. “Shinji is someone who moves so well in the most difficult areas of the pitch, between the two lines of four,” Klopp was quoted as saying by the official Uefa website. “It’s like he is the sausage in a sandwich, because […] Read more »

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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 »

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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 »