Marco Reus has yet to remedy this: at the start of the final to qualify for the Champions League at Sporting, the captain of Borussia Dortmund is a bearer of hope.
The remaining offensive players don’t have to worry about a place in the starting XI. In view of the failures of Erling Haaland (hip flexor injury), Thorgan Hazard (Corona), Giovanni Reyna (in training) and Youssoufa Moukoko (eye infection), the BVB crisis occurs almost on its own. .
Anyway, indispensable for weeks: Marco Reus. In Saturday’s difficult 2-1 against VfB Stuttgart, he played 90 minutes, although he had not been able to fully train half a week earlier due to illness.
But looking at the slimmed down BVB replacement bench, the 32-year-old gave up his replacement, which was worth it for everyone as Reus threw the winning goal shortly before the end and ultimately won it. .
BVB: For Didi Hamann, Reus has no place in the DFB team
Nonetheless, the attacking player has been criticized time and again, especially since he canceled the European Championship this summer due to physical exhaustion after a grueling season. Sky expert Dietmar Hamann has since claimed on several occasions that, from his point of view, Reus no longer has a place in the DFB selection at the World Cup in Qatar.
“Towards the end of the season Reus played with the best football in the club, then he gets up and says he has to regenerate. And a year and a half later he should help the team, I don’t understand “said Hamann. in an interview with last month SPOX and GOAL.
Statements that are taken into account at BVB with a nod of the head. So are the comments that Reus is no longer as good as in his exceptional second half of the season. His supporters refer to second place in the Bundesliga with a record five goals and seven assists – despite staff issues.
Plus, he’s let his teammates go first with four penalties this season, otherwise he would likely be in a much better position. “Robert Lewandowski would never do something like that. But that’s Marco’s interpretation of the captain’s role,” says someone who knows him very well.
Marco Reus is in the spotlight at BVB against Sporting.
Neven Subotic on Marco Reus: “For me, he’s a real captain”
Neven Subotic, who successfully played for five years with Reus in the black and yellow, breaks a spear for his former teammate. “For me he’s a real captain, especially in his actions on the pitch,” the Serbian told GOAL and SPOX.
His ex-club still struggle with football, as it lasted against Stuttgart, but every win also brings added security and self-confidence. “You don’t have to look at it in isolation, you have to see it as a whole. The team is partly new, then Haaland, who has been crushed a lot. Then there is a new coach in Marco Rose. But Marco Reus has always gave the right answer in the past ”, explains Subotic, champions 2011 and 2012 with the BVB.
“It is too much to ask for him to decide every game. But in the most important scenes he has proven time and time again that he is there for the team,” said Subotic. “That is why I can only recommend him for the national team as he plays a major role in keeping the team second in the table,” he added.
BVB: coach Marco Rose is full of praise for his leader
His trainer sees it the same way. “I’m not a national coach so the others have to decide. I can only say I’m incredibly happy to have such a captain who takes responsibility, leads the way and tries to be consistently fit. position in the team worked through absolutely excellent performances, ”Rose said on Sky on Saturday.
Ahead of the international break, questions briefly arose about the relationship between coach and captain, when Reus criticized Borussia’s five-man defensive chain after the loss to Leipzig (“We can’t handle this at all” ).
Marco Reus: “There will be no sheet of paper between me and Rose”
This was understood as a reprimand from the coach, which Reus rejected shortly after. “If a captain is not allowed to say anything after a game, then it will be difficult,” he told Sport1. On the contrary: “There is no sheet of paper between me and Marco Rose.
Her boss tries to convey the same impression. “I have always said how important Marco is to BVB,” Rose said at the press conference in Lisbon: “He’s a boy from Dortmund, he lives and fights for the club. his sporting role, he also plays an important role for us personally as US. “
The coach knows he needs his boss badly at the moment. Because with a victory against Sporting the entry into the round of 16 is certain, a defeat with at least two goals difference would mean the end. So, again, it will be up to the captain.