Munich - Jürgen Klopp admitted Borussia Dortmund weren't at their best against VfB Stuttgart on Saturday, but BVB's charismatic coach felt his side deserved all three points based on their second half performance at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
‘Got what we deserved’
Had it not been for the heroics of Marco Reus, Klopp and Co. may well have fallen behind local rivals FC Schalke 04 in the race for second place. The 24-year-old attacking midfielder almost single-handedly led his team's fightback from 2-0 down, scoring a hat-trick to earn Dortmund a narrow 3-2 win and earn himself the Player of the Week accolade for Matchday 28.
It was Reus’ third treble of his Bundesliga career, and though the former Borussia Mönchengladbach star was happy with the victory, he also gave a frank account of BVB’s first-half display after the final whistle. “We were playing against a team that was short on confidence, but we gave them a lift by giving them a 2-0 lead inside the first 20 minutes,” Reus told bvb.de. “The longer the game went on, the better we played and the three goals got us the win we deserved.”
Reus received a staggering 70 per cent of the post-Matchday vote, putting him way ahead of second-placed Chinedu Obasi (ten per cent). The Nigerian forward, who has been plagued by a long-term knee injury this season, grabbed only his second goal of the season to give FC Schalke 04 the lead against Hertha Berlin on Friday, before setting up Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to seal a convincing 2-0 success.
Klaus in third
SC Freiburg’s Felix Klaus came third with six per cent of the vote. The 21-year-old scored a stunning winner in the Black Forest club’s 3-2 win over fellow relegation candidates 1. FC Nürnberg, which lifts Christian Streich’s side up to 14th in the table. FC Bayern München’s Claudio Pizarro received six per cent of the poll following his brace in the champions’ 3-3 draw against 1899 Hoffenheim.
Roberto Firmino, who rescued a point for the Sinsheim club at the Allianz Arena with his 14th league goal of the season, received four per cent, while Raffael’s 75th-minute strike in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 3-1 victory over struggling Hamburger SV earned the 29-year-old two per cent of the vote.
Watch Reus' magnificent treble on the official Bundesliga YouTube channel: