Dirty Tackle

  • Jurgen Klopp's guide to enjoying a Champions League match from beginning to end

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle8 hrs ago

    Borussia Dortmund started the Champions League group stage by beating Arsenal 2-0 and Jurgen Klopp couldn't have been happier. "We did what we had to do to win this game and for us, it was near perfection," he said afterwards. "I enjoyed this game from the first second to the last. It’s hard work all the time but when you see games like this, it’s the best job in the world.”

    This degree of pure bliss is rare in life, let alone in football. So how was Klopp able to achieve it for 90 whole minutes? By following these steps...

    1. Dress comfortably

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  • Mario Balotelli scores first Liverpool goal in testy Champions League win

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle17 hrs ago

    Bulgarian club Ludogorets Razgrad qualified for the Champions League group stage for the first time thanks to defender Cosmin Moti stepping in as goalkeeper and saving not one, but two shots in a penalty shootout. For 81 minutes they held Liverpool scoreless at Anfield. But then Mario Balotelli happened.

    Demonstrating superb ball control while clearing space for himself between two defenders in the box, Balotelli scored his first Liverpool goal with an 82nd-minute volley that seemed as if it would be enough to start their Champions League campaign with three points.

    Ludogorets again demonstrated their taste for the improbable by scoring an equalizer in the first minute of injury time, though. Taking a point at Anfield would have been incredible for the Bulgarian champions, who reached the Europa League round of 16 last season, but a foul by newly signed third-choice goalkeeper Milan Borjan in the second minute of injury time set up a penalty that Steven Gerrard didn't miss.

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