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.
"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.