On Saturday the mother of all derbies, as it's called in Germany, will take place in the Westfalenstadion. Borussia Dortmund vs. FC Schalke is the Revierderby, which casts a spell over the whole metropolitan region of the Ruhr area. The result will decide bragging rights for millions of football fanatics who either support the blue or the yellow in what is a congested area, where both sets of fans inevitably meet at the workplace, in the family or at the bakery.
Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 loss to Juventus left the Germans with mixed feelings. It was always going to be hard to get a result in Turin, and while it could have been a lot worse, it also could have been a lot better.
Surprisingly, the game was relatively even considering BVB didn't enjoy a strong game. In the first 10 minutes, Juve looked like they would eat the guests alive as they pushed Dortmund back and threatened with every possession. But Massimiliano Allegri had a different plan in mind:...
A thrilling match between two impressive sides, both Jurgen Klopp and Massimiliano Allegri approached the game with interesting and intelligent strategies. It was night where attacking the defensive weaknesses of the opponent was the priority and the result was a beautiful tactical encounter.
Juventus love nothing more than to play the ball out from the back, controlling the tempo and looking for the vertical passes forward until they reach the final third. The likes of Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba...
Three quick thoughts from Tuesday night's Champions League round-of-16 first leg in Turin, where Juventus downed Borussia Dortmund 2-1.
1. Juventus use counter to effect but still lack quality
For most of the first half, be it with Andrea Pirlo or without -- the Italian left injured after 36 minutes -- Borussia Dortmund took the match to Juve. But two fantastic counterattacks paved the way for the Italians' deserved 2-1 win against the Bundesliga strugglers.
The 1997 Champions League final was about 25 minutes old when I felt a tug on my sleeve. I looked down and noticed a steward trying to get my attention. "Excuse me, sir," he said. "Will you be standing on your seat for the entire game?"
I looked around. In this part of Munich's Olympic Stadium, the north curve, by and large everybody was standing on the plastic seats. One of the few exceptions was the elderly couple directly to my left. They were sitting down and, consequently, couldn't see...