Saint Petersburg - There were a handful of man-of-the-match candidates to emerge from Borussia Dortmund’s 4-2 win away to FC Zenit St Petersburg in the last-16 of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

Robert Lewandowski scored twice, while home-grown hero Kevin Großkreutz delivered another tireless performance from midfield. Trumping the lot with a goal of his own and two assists, though, was inspirational forward Marco Reus, who spoke exclusively to after the game. Marco Reus, after losing to Hamburger SV does tonight’s 4-2 win in St. Petersburg show the competition that BVB mean business?

Marco Reus: I see it more as our own reminder rather than one for the competition. We saw that if we’re aggressive and play our game, we can beat anyone in the world. Every now and again we haven’t been able to do that. We have to work on that. Did the coach have to give you extra motivation before the game?

Reus: No, the players don’t need extra motivation in the Champions League. We really want to make it into the next round. This result gives us every chance, but we have to take the second leg seriously. Is there a danger of complacency slipping in when you take a 2-0 lead so early in the game?

Reus: The danger’s definitely there, but it didn’t happen that way for us. We played really well in the first half and hardly gave away any chances. We can be happy with that. Zenit improved after the break, but we kept at it as well. Was it an advantage that Zenit were short of match practice?

Reus: Not necessarily, it can also be a disadvantage. It was far more important that we found the right response after conceding. You started on the right-hand side for the first time in a good while. Was it a difficult transition to make?

Reus: It wasn’t an issue. Whether it’s on the right, left or in the middle, I’m happy. It went really well anyway. 1. FC Nürnberg are up next for BVB in the Bundesliga. Will we see another strong display?

Reus: We’ve got a couple of days to recuperate and then we’ll see how we get on against Nürnberg.

Interview by Michael Reis