M.In consultation with Joachim Löw, arco Reus only sat in front of the television at the European Championships, and it can be said with some certainty that he didn’t miss much either. Instead, the captain of Borussia Dortmund took care of his vulnerable body with an injury-free preparation. He feels so good afterwards that he would now like to be part of the national team again.
“Of course I feel like it,” said the 32-year-old after his brilliant performance in the 5: 2 against Eintracht Frankfurt on the first Bundesliga matchday. He will “certainly” get in touch with the new national coach, Hansi Flick. “The first international matches are coming up soon, and then we’ll see,” he emphasized before the Supercup against Bayern Munich, but quite relaxed: “I’m not stressing myself. It is and always will be an honor to play for Germany. “
BVB, his childhood club, is also an honor for him. His 100th Bundesliga goal in black and yellow led him to a very elite circle on Saturday, with Stephané Chapuisat missing two more. Even Manfred Burgsmüller, the “eternal” number one with 135 goals, is not out of reach.
“There’s a lot in there”
It is more important to Reus, however, to fill the Dortmunders’ showcase. He formulates his self-image very briskly: “When you play at Borussia Dortmund, in the stadium, with the fans and the story, then we don’t need to talk about second and third places. Then the goal must always be to win titles. ”Problem with this: These“ always only go through Bayern ”.
This Tuesday (8.30 p.m. on Sat.1 and DAZN) they will compete in the duel for the Supercup in Dortmund. The gala against Frankfurt was pleasing for BVB, when Reus, in cooperation with the storm sensation Erling Haaland, turned it up so much that it was seen as a sign of the permanent champions. “If we stay stable in the season, we can do a lot,” says Reus.
However, it was precisely this that was always the stumbling block in the end. Major appearances in important games alternated with defeats that prevented championships from being played against clubs that should not be on par with BVB. Reus personally was always a nice-to-have player, sometimes brilliant when he wasn’t injured.
But even this is about to change: The new national coach Hansi Flick saw his strong start to the season live in the stadium, the squad for the three qualifying games against Liechtenstein (September 2), Armenia (September 5) and Iceland (September 8) Flick announced on August 26th.
When he was introduced, Flick had already praised the BVB captain as “one of the best players in the last third”. So Reus will probably be part of the squad, after all, he emphasized: “I didn’t say that I would never play for the national team again.” Just not at the European Championship.