Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus has said he is still improving after his incredible start to the 2018/19 season. The German international is thriving in attacking midfield, a position he says is his favourite to play.
Having made over 20 Bundesliga appearances in just one of the last five seasons, the 29-year-old BVB captain has made a stunning start to this season. Playing all-but 38 minutes of this campaign, Reus has scored eight goals and provided four assists from his 11 appearances.
Reus could well be in the form of his career. Reus scored 18 goals for Borussia Möcnhengladbach in 2011/12 – his highest-scoring season to date. He plundered five goals in his first 11 games for the Foals that year, and, standing on eight already this, he looks sure to reach double figures once again. Despite the astounding statistics, the Dortmund captain is reluctant to say he’s hit his peak.
“I’m in good shape, no question, and I’ve always said that I can help any team when I’m healthy and in rhythm over a longer period of time,” Reus explained to Süddeutsche Zeitung. “But saying this is ‘the best Reus ever’ is a little over the top for me. That would also mean that it won’t get any better, but it’s still getting better.”
Reus has been the catalyst for Dortmund’s superb start which sees them top of the table with a four-point lead over Gladbach. Fighting fit again, Reus also puts his electric form down to the position he is playing in Lucien Favre’s team, as a No. 10.
“In this position, I feel like I’m in the game all the time,” Reus said. “The ball goes through the middle a lot and I’m always at the centre of challenges as well, and this permanent presence is good for me. I get a good overview of a match from this position. I’m sure if I really want to play very, very well and achieve very, very high goals then that’s the best position for me.
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“Apart from a small bruise on my foot at the moment, I’ve been healthy for some time now. This is the most important thing for my style of play – only then can I play in my favourite position and really enjoy it.”
It’s a role Reus could also fill in Joachim Löw’s Germany side. Looking to build from the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the 36-time international is set on making sure both he and Germany play in more tournaments in the near future.
“I want to stay healthy, have a good EURO 2020 qualifying and a great EURO 2020. I have this tournament fully in my sights. At the World Cup in Qatar I’d be 33 and a half…”