Borussia Dortmund goal-machine Paco Alcacer has heaped praise on Marco Reus, saying the club captain is a "big part of the reason I feel so good here," following his move to the Signal Iduna Park from Barcelona.
Alcacer joined Dortmund on loan from the Spanish champions in August, and has hit the ground running in North Rhine-Westphalia, scoring seven Bundesliga goals in the 126 minutes he has played so far.
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The 25-year-old striker’s glistening form saw him recalled to the Spain squad after a two-year hiatus over the recent international break, during which time he also scored three goals in two games against England and Wales.
While Alcacer has already seen his own name in lights an inordinate amount, he is quick to attribute his goalscoring success to clubmate Reus, who is enjoying a resurgence of his own.
"Playing with Marco is very easy," the Spaniard explained on Dortmund’s official YouTube channel. "The quality he has when he’s going forward, the timing he has to meet chances and the ease with which he plays. I also benefit from the hard defensive work he puts in with the team."
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Reus has scored five and assisted as many to give him a direct hand in more goals than Alcacer, and the striker considers his Dortmund-born colleague one of the most important players at the club.
"Marco has helped me a lot with settling in, both on and off the pitch," he concluded. "He’s a big part of the reason I feel so good here. He’s a world-class leader. I appreciate him a lot."
The feeling is mutual. After Alcacer brought up his seventh Bundesliga goal in Dortmund's 4-0 rout of VfB Stuttgart on Matchday 8, Reus could not speak highly enough of the Barcelona loanee.
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"He’s scoring right now, I don’t have a problem with if if it continues," Reus told bundesliga.com. "He works a lot for the team and is clinical in front of goal. You can see how much confidence he has. I think he just has to enjoy it, take it all in, keeping working hard and stay cool in front of goal."