Dortmund - After bagging a hat-trick in Borussia Dortmund's 7-2 thrashing of Norwegian side Odds BK in their UEFA Europa League play-off second leg on Thursday, Germany international Marco Reus says the club intend to go all the way in the competition this season.
After the game, the 26-year-old spoke to reporters about the reasons Dortmund have now won seven out of seven in 2015/16 so far and how the club is a approaching their European adventure this season.
Question: Marco Reus, that was a convincing display from your team, even if you did go behind early on.
Marco Reus: We conceded the goal but we just kept on playing our football in the first half, and even before they scored we had lots of good chances. After they went in front, we found our rhythm, and that’s what marks us out at the moment – even if we’re behind, we still stick to our way of playing. We’re patient and we know we'll get chances. It was a really good display for 90 minutes, even if we did take our foot off the gas a little in the second half.
Question: How happy are you that your own performance paid off with three goals?
Reus: All I can really do is reiterate that it basically doesn't matter who scores the goals. Obviously you’re pleased if you do, but all that really counts is that we get into our rhythm and put into practice what the coach says. We're on the right path in that respect at the moment, but we're still a long way from where he wants us to be.
Question: What are your targets going into the Europa League?
Reus: We always played a big part in the Champions League, and so if we stick to our own game, we have a good chance of going a long way in the Europa League. That's obviously our aim – to go as far as possible and ideally get to the final. That has to be our goal. We’re Borussia Dortmund and we’re capable of doing that.
Question: BVB are on fire up front at the moment, scoring goals for fun, and in this game you even did so without a recognised striker. Is that switching of players’ positions the key to your good form?
Reus: We swap positions in matches but we can also stick to our positions as well. We don’t close up the gaps immediately when we play. Instead we keep them open, so we can choose the right moment to exploit them. You saw that we showed some good combination play here that led to us scoring goals. We practice it in training and and we’re on the way to perfecting it.
Question: So that means there is more to come?
Reus: Absolutely, there’s always more to come. You never have a perfect game. We’re on the right track but we’re still a long way from fully developing our game. We've got a big game coming up against Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga and after that there’s international duty to come.