- Reus marks first Bundesliga start of the season with three assists.
- Partnership with Aubameyang in full bloom.
- Germany international appeals for consistency if Dortmund are to go far this season.
Reus backheels, Aubameyang scores: Borussia Dortmund's final goal in a 4-1 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach was as masterful as it was mind-boggling, and it crowned a magnificent performance from Marco Reus.
For the first time in his career, the Germany international set up three goals in a single league game, and he did it on his first game back in Dortmund's starting XI after a long spell on the sidelines – talk about making an impact.
The 27-year-old duly found time to explain to the gathered reporters how much it meant to him to be back in a BVB shirt in the Bundesliga...
Watch: Reus says Dortmund need continuity:
Marco Reus: It always looks like fun from the outside, but if Gladbach had held onto their lead for longer, it could well have been a different game. Fortunately we hit straight back and played the full 90 minutes with continuity. That's our aim and that's where we want to be, but we're still lacking something.
Question: With that in mind, how would you rate this game against Gladbach?
Reus: We had to stomach conceding an early goal and that wasn't very good, but fortunately we equalised immediately and soon went 2-1 in front. It was important that we remained compact. We held a very high defensive line and we were able to keep things tight, so that Gladbach were hardly able to put any passes together. From midway through the first half, we were in control of the game.
Question: Above all the performance of the forwards was impressive…
Reus: When we score a goal and get into a groove, then we really are good. But we need to find more continuity in our game, particularly defensively and be compact. We're heading in the right direction, though, but we still need a bit of time. That said, we've got the patience.
"I think Dortmund bought Aubameyang to score goals and he's doing that like clockwork at the moment." - Marco Reus
Question: Are pressing and counter-pressing the keys for this? It seemed to work very well against Gladbach…
Reus: That's exactly it. When you're compact and have a high defensive line, like we used to have, then it's hard to beat you – but only then. If you give five per cent less then you start having problems, no matter who you are playing against. That was the same in Warsaw [against Legia Warszawa in the UEFA Champions League] and now we've got to carry on from where we've left off here against Gladbach.
Question: So defending high, being compact – is that the way you can succeed on Wednesday when you face Real Madrid in the Champions League?
Reus: We'll have to see. We've got the next few days to focus on Real and certainly it's going to be a game of the highest order, but we'll have to see how we approach it tactically.
Question: What do you make of your own performance, after such a long time out? You've now started against Legia and Gladbach, scored two goals and set up six…
Reus: You're always going to need a few games to get back into a rhythm when you've been out for half a year and I think I'll be 100 per cent again from the start of the second half of the season. I now need a few games under my belt and when these games can be of the calibre of this one against Gladbach, against Real next week and then against Köln and Hoffenheim, that certainly helps.
Reus: Auba's always in a position to receive the ball. We've been playing together for quite a while now and I know his qualities and am able to imagine where he's going to go on the field. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't – it's not perfect yet – but when it works like it did against Gladbach, then that's pretty good.
Question: And how important is Aubameyang to BVB? Or to put it differently, are BVB reliant on his goals?
Reus: I think Dortmund bought Aubameyang to score goals and he's doing that like clockwork at the moment. He's also working a lot for the team and we keep reminding him of that because it makes his own game even better.
Dietmar Nolte reporting from Dortmund
Watch: Aubameyang praises Reus' impact: