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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Dortmund, Chelsea and Piqué

In this week’s football review we marvel at the ‘new’ Dortmund, are unsure what is happening with Chelsea and were surprised at a Barcelona star’s reaction. To help with understanding you can find explanations of key vocabulary in bold below.[print_link] | Subscribe: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

This week’s football review – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Dortmund, Chelsea and Piqué


Borussia Dortmund started the Bundesliga season in style with a 4-0 thrashing of Borussia Mönchengladbach at the weekend. Many had wondered if the departure of former coach Jurgen Klopp would affect the German side but new boss Thomas Tuchel seems to have them playing in an even more excting way. Could they challenge Munich for the title?


It’s been a bad week for Premier League title holders Chelsea as they were well beaten by Manchester City which leaves them five points behind the leaders after only two games. Blues boss Mourinho was also embroiled in an argument with the club’s medical team and will need a good result this weekend against West Brom to get their season up and running.


There was no great comeback for Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup second leg against Athletic Bilbao as the 1-1 draw meant that the Catalan side lost out 5-1 on aggregate. They had to play the last 30 minutes of the game with ten men after defender Gerard Piqué was sent off after he abused an assistant referee. Piqué will face a 4 game suspension after this ugly outburst which will not be welcome by his side at the start of the new Spanish season.


in style: Playing in an exciting way

thrashing: Heavy defeat

former coach: The previous manager

well beaten: They lost badly

was also embroiled in an argument: Involved in an argument

to get their season up and running: To re-start their season in a more positive way (after a bad start)

on aggregate: In total

4 game suspension: He cannot play for 4 games (a punishment)

outburst: Verbal attack

Spanish Super Cup: The pre-season game between the previous season’s league and cup winners.  

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