Borussia Dortmund got more than they bargained for when they made the trip to take on Borussia Monchengladbach on Sunday -- a pitch that was more suited to a cabbage patch or a farmer's field than football.
The surface at Gladbach's Borussia-Park home almost looked stitched together like some kind of home-made quilt.
Mario Gotze told Bild: "The first 20 minutes it was a bit like ice skating. That pitch was nearly as good as my backyard."
MONCHENGLADBACH, Germany -- Borussia Dortmund added their third Bundesliga win in a row, narrowly beating Borussia Monchengladbach 1-0 with a magical strike provided by Marco Reus after 31 minutes.
In the second half, the pass completion rate of the visitors dropped from 75 percent to 67, which perfectly captures their grind of an afternoon. The Foals amassed a superior expected goal count of 2.3 to Dortmund's 0.42; it's fair to say the Black and Yellows were somewhat lucky to escape the bumpy...
Carlo Ancelotti was hailed as "Mr. Champions League" when he succeeded Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich in 2016. However, his successor, Jupp Heynckes, can boast an equally proud record in the competition and has his sights set on extending an incredible run of reaching the Champions League final at every attempt when Bayern face Turkish champions Besiktas in the round of 16.
Here's a look at three of the magisterial 72-year-old's biggest games in the competition.
DORTMUND, Germany -- Maybe it is wise to start this article with a disclaimer: Yes, it has only been three games that Michy Batshuayi has played for Dortmund, and yes, hot streaks are not infinite.
However, after just 270 minutes playing for the Westphalians, the argument can be made that he is currently a better fit for the German outfit than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who permanently transferred to Arsenal on the same day.
Within three games, the 24-year-old Belgian had a hand in all of Dortmund's...
Sandro Wagner's header and substitute Robert Lewandowski's penalty sealed Bayern Munich's last-minute comeback 2-1 win against Wolfsburg, who had the temerity to take the lead through Daniel Didavi in the eighth minute. The Bundesliga champions could even afford the luxury of Arjen Robben's missed penalty nine minutes after the break.
A sixth consecutive Bundesliga title is a matter of weeks away, maintaining a massive 18-point advantage over "nearest challengers" Leipzig with 12 games...
The list of top players Bayern Munich have plucked away from Bundesliga rivals grows every year: Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze, Mats Hummels, Manuel Neuer in recent seasons, soon to be followed by Leon Goretzka in the summer.
But Bayern may rue missing out on one particular star: Kevin De Bruyne, Germany's Player of the Year in 2014-15, and now the driving force behind Manchester City's assault on four fronts.
"I would give the shirt off my back for him," current Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes...