- Götze, Reus and Schürrle close friends.
- Previously only played together at international level.
- All hoping to wipe the slate clean in 2016/17.
The Germany triumvirate will link up for the first time at club level in 2016/17, each with a point to prove after a three-year spell littered with personal snags and setbacks.
Götze eyes redemption
For Götze, his decision to go back to the place where it all began after three trying seasons at FC Bayern München was a no-brainer. Despite winning three successive Bundesliga titles in Munich, this was clearly not the same player that was the fun-loving heartbeat of Dortmund's double triumph under Jürgen Klopp in 2011/12. Injuries and a lack of first-team opportunities made sure of that.
"I'm delighted with the transfer," said BVB head coach Thomas Tuchel. "We want to use every day available to us from 1 August to help bring his talent back to the fore once more. Mario is looking for a bit more warmth from his club. It's been tough for him. Everyone knows the circumstances in which he left, but he chose to come back here. I want to see him playing with a smile on his face again."
Reus seeks end to injury nightmare
With Reus for company, Tuchel need not have any concerns about Götze falling into a rut at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK. "If money wasn't an object, I would bring Götze back," Reus famously said following confirmation of his best pal’s move to Bayern in 2013. The two players had only combined for the one season in Dortmund colours, but that was all the time it took for the pair to form a lasting bond that transcends football rivalries.
Since then, Reus has endured his fair share of heartbreak, missing both the FIFA 2014 World Cup and UEFA EURO 2016 as well as chunks of the last three seasons for Dortmund through injury. Although a doubt for BVB's Bundesliga opener against 1. FSV Mainz 05, his mood will doubtless have been lifted by Götze's homecoming and the arrival of another close companion in Schürrle.
Consistency the key for Schürrle
Much like Götze and Reus, Schürrle will be hoping the new campaign heralds a fresh start as he looks to rediscover past glories under the tutelage of his former coach at boyhood club Mainz, Tuchel. Even though the 55-time Germany international scored nine times for VfL Wolfsburg over the course of the 2015/16 Rückrunde - a tally bettered only by Bayern's Robert Lewandowski, SV Werder Bremen veteran Claudio Pizarro and former SV Darmstadt 98 striker Sandro Wagner - he remains one of German football's most divisive talents.
"I'm going to work hard to fulfil expectation and make my time at Dortmund at success," the 25-year-old forward wrote on Facebook after penning a five-year deal to become BVB's seventh signing of the 2016 summer transfer window. "I'm really excited about the task that lies ahead. I can't wait to play for this club, in front of these fans, at this stadium […] Thomas Tuchel is a fantastic coach - obviously that played a part in the move."
Much was made of the departures of Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gündogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but the acquisition of Germany's World Cup-winning combo of Schürrle and Götze has certainly softened the blow. Throw a fully fit Reus into the equation and BVB boast three exceptionally gifted individuals that, together, have the potential to move mountains.
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