Marco Reus was left scratching his head after Borussia Dortmund's capitulation against Bayern Munich. - © imago images / ActionPictures
Marco Reus was left scratching his head after Borussia Dortmund's capitulation against Bayern Munich. - © imago images / ActionPictures

Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus: "We deserved to lose to Bayern Munich, but there's still only a point in it"


Marco Reus has lamented Borussia Dortmund's performance in their chastening 5-0 loss at Bayern Munich, but took some solace from the fact that there is still only a point between the Bundesliga's top two with six rounds of fixtures remaining.

Dortmund went into the game at the Allianz Arena two points clear of defending champions Bayern, but were 4-0 down by half time. Former BVB striker Robert Lewandowski added a fifth late in the game to punctuate a night to forget for the Black-Yellows.

"It’s a massive disappointment," Reus said after the game, as reported by "There’s no doubt we fully deserved to lose. We didn’t put Bayern under the slightest bit of pressure. We had a good chance at the start through Mo Dahoud, but even if that went in you still had the feeling that Bayern were in complete control. They were better organised and exploited the spaces. We left too many gaps and didn’t defend the spaces well. We didn’t offer any threat up front either. It hurts."

Marco Reus has warned that a repeat performance of Der Klassiker could spell the end for Dortmund's title hopes. - getty images

Reus admitted Dortmund hadn't banked on Bayern lining up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, but believes it was his side's uncharacteristic shortcomings as a team rather than a tactical masterstroke on Niko Kovac's part that resulted in BVB's heaviest defeat since Lucien Favre took charge in summer 2018.

"We wanted to press and had actually expected them to go 4-3-3," the Dortmund captain explained. "They lined up in a 4-2-3-1, which isn't a problem, but we were standing too far apart from each other and we couldn't apply any pressure. When I ran towards Mats Hummels, he just played it to Thiago and he played it to Niklas Süle and so on - that's difficult. We were a million miles off our usual level in all areas."

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Struggling to put his disappointment into words, Reus knows Dortmund's third defeat of the Bundesliga season could prove decisive in the title race. BVB had a nine-point cushion on Bayern after Matchday 15, but go into the final six games of 2018/19 doing all the chasing - a point and 15 goals worse off than the league leaders. If there is one silver lining, however, it is that their run-in is - at least on paper - marginally more favorable than Bayern's.

"Bayern have the clear psychological advantage, but they also have two or three tough games to come," Reus said. "There's no point in us talking about the title if we play like that again, but there's only one point in it and things can change very quickly in the Bundesliga. We have to show a completely different side to ourselves next Saturday. We've fought back before, and we'll just have to see what happens."

Dortmund will look to banish the Klassiker demons when they host mid-table Mainz on Matchday 29, before facing Freiburg (a), Schalke (h), Werder Bremen (a), Fortuna Düsseldorf (h) and Borussia Mönchengladbach (a). After games against Düsseldorf (a), Bremen (h), Nuremberg (a) and Hannover (h), Bayern round out their campaign against top-four rivals RB Leipzig (a) and Eintracht Frankfurt (h).