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Jürgen Klopp’s football masterpiece was made evident once again, as his Borussia Dortmund side held Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw at the Santiago Bernabéu in the UEFA Champion’s League on Tuesday night.
This came off the back of Dortmund’s victory against Madrid in the Westfalenstadion in Germany, and Dortmund has time and time again exhibited an attractive brand of attacking football under Klopp.
The team is filled with high-quality players – the likes of Mats Hummels, Mario Götze, and Robert Lewandowski would get into most teams in Europe.
However, despite all the talent on display at Dortmund, it is new signing Marco Reus who is proving himself to be the jewel in the Dortmund crown.
Reus re-joined Borussia Dortmund (he was originally a member of their youth team, which he joined at the age of 7 in 1996 and eventually left in 2006 without making any senior appearances) for a fee of around 17 million euros this past summer after showcasing his talent and having an extremely effective season at German side Borussia Mönchengladbach, where he took the Bundesliga by storm.
He scored 23 goals and created 14 others for his teammates as well as showcased his ability to play direct, attacking football throughout a season where he consistently sparkled for Mönchengladbach. Klopp was persuaded that Reus was the man he needed to take his footballing project even one step further.
Reus is the type of winger that Cristiano Ronaldo helped to revolutionize back in his Manchester United days – he is direct, always posing a goal threat for Dortmund when he picks up the ball.
Much like Ronaldo (and this isn’t comparing them quality-wise, although Reus is extremely talented) Reus is a very complete attacking player. He is deadly with either foot, and can pick out a teammate with an accurate cross or defence-splitting pass. On top of that, he has the ability to leave defenders for dead – beating them with a combination of his speed, strength, and trickery.
He has been in good form for Dortmund this season already, contributing eight goals, one of which was his stunning volley in the 2-2 draw with Madrid, and four assists in all competitions since his summer transfer.
Reus has also made an impression on the national stage; despite Germany’s plethora of attacking talent, Reus has begun to cement himself in the Germany attacking quartet, linking up with players like Mesut Özil to devastating effect. So far he has 13 Germany caps to his name and has scored five goals for his country.
Dortmund are aiming to win their third successive Bundesliga title this year, and although their Bavarian rivals are currently running away from them, you should never count out BVB, especially with Marco Reus leading their charge.