"I'd love to have Marco Reus in our team!" - Atletico Madrid's Koke on Borussia Dortmund's Captain Fantastic
Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke lavished praise on Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus ahead of BVB's comprehensive 4-0 victory over the Spanish outfit in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
Reus has been in sparkling form for the Bundesliga leaders so far this season, registering five goals and four assists in eight league matches. The BVB skipper has also been key to the Black-Yellows' 100 per cent winning start in Champions League Group A, leading his young side to victory against a famously resilient Atletico side at the Signal Iduna Park.
"I'd love to have Reus in our team," Koke told German daily SPORT BILD. "I really like his playing style. He's so quick, so good at dribbling, so dangerous in front of goal, so difficult to play against. And what's impressed me most is that he's stayed at Borussia Dortmund, despite receiving a load of offers from elsewhere. You don't see that very often."
Reus's bond with Dortmund goes back to his days as a youth player with the club. He was deemed surplus to requirements in 2009, but got a second bite of the cherry via a formative spell in the lower leagues with Rot-Weiss Ahlen and a career-shaping stint under current Dortmund coach Lucien Favre at Bundesliga giants Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Despite suffering a number of serious injuries since rejoining Dortmund in 2012, the 29-year-old - named captain by Favre earlier in the summer - has amassed 103 goals and 65 assists in 215 competitive outings for his boyhood club.
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Alcacer and Götze ones to watch
Koke also warned of the threat posed by Dortmund's Barcelona loanee striker Paco Alcacer and 2014 FIFA World Cup-winning midfielder Mario Götze, labelling both "fantastic footballers".
Alcacer is the top scorer in the Bundesliga this season with seven goals in just 126 minutes of domestic football, while Götze recently made a goal-scoring return following various form and fitness troubles.
Following wins over Club Brugge, Monaco and now Atletico, Dortmund are top of Group A on nine points, three ahead of Atletico.
Atletico, Champions League runners-up in 2014 and 2016, currently occupy fifth place in the La Liga standings.
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