Borussia Dortmund are not dreaming of the Bundesliga title, despite their blistering current form, claims Marco Reus.
Reus' brace inspired Die Schwarz-Gelben to a 3-1 win at SV Werder Bremen on Saturday, a third successive triumph that confirms that Thomas Tuchel's men are very much back on track after their season could have been derailed by the 5-1 Der Klassiker defeat in Munich on Matchday 8.
The victory at the Weser Stadium was all the sweeter as it moved Dortmund to within five points of Bayern at the top of the table following the reigning champions' goalless draw at Eintracht Frankfurt 24 hours earlier, reigniting a title race many had claimed was a one-horse affair.
'Playing well right now'
"Not at all," replied Reus, however, when asked whether the title was a hot topic of Dortmund dressing room conversation. "Our situation isn't comfortable. We know how quickly things can change in the Bundesliga. We have to stay wide awake.
"We're playing well right now and we're very focused. The coach prepares us very well every time. We've also got a lot of self-confidence at present. We're looking forward, we're second. We are winning our games and are on a little run – we have to work to make sure it keeps going."
Reus himself can be a driving force behind that ambition. The Germany international has struck a rich vein of form in front of goal recently, plundering five of his seven top-flight goals this season in his last three Bundesliga outings.
'Not my best game'
Yet, the former Borussia Mönchengladbach man sees his own situation as a microcosm of that of the team: there will be no resting on one's laurels, nor any getting swept away by the hype.
"Things change very quickly in football. I don't really think about it, and have always believed in myself and worked on myself. I'm happy that I can help the team. In a few days, things will be off again, and we have to be focused once more," Reus explained.
"It's always the same problem: you're judged on goals. I don't think like that. For me, it was important that my game improved. It is, nonetheless, important to score. But it wasn't my best game of the season, in spite of the two goals."
'Not worried about 'Auba''
While Reus' stock rose a little higher thanks to his double strike in northern Germany, that of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stagnated a little as the Gabon international failed to find the back of the net.
Though he has struck 13 league goals this season – a breathtaking tally matched only by Bayern's Robert Lewandowski – a barren 90 minutes for Aubameyang, despite having chances to find the net, means some may be wondering whether the former AS Saint-Etienne forward's goalscoring touch has deserted him.
"We're not worried at all about Aubameyang," insisted Reus. "I'm certain that he'll score again for us next week. Some games don't go so well, but 'Auba' is a very clever guy. I don't see any problem at all."