Borussia Dortmund backs captain Marco Reus amid criticism from German press

Sport360 staff 14:56 27/09/2019
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Marco Reus

Marco Reus has received the backing of coach Lucien Favre and Sporting Director Michael Zorc following heavy criticism from the German press.

Borussia Dortmund are three points behind table-toppers RB Leipzig in Bundesliga and were unlucky not to defeat Barcelona in the Champions League.

Eintracht Frankfurt held Marco Reus’ side to a 2-2 draw last week, triggering criticism against Reus’ captaincy. It did not help the German’s case that he has been performing beneath his usual level this season.

However, Zorc maintained that the club is behind Reus and he will stay as captain despite what the press has to say.

“We have a healthy hierarchy with him, Lukasz Piszczek with a lot of experience and Axel Witsel with a lot of experience,” Zorc said in a press conference, according to Goal.

“And of course Mats Hummels, these are the leaders at Borussia Dortmund. There’s absolutely no reason to change that.

“You can write as much as you want. We have a totally clear position.”

Favre praised Mats Hummels after some incredible performances but voiced his stance on the debate, saying Reus will stay as captain.

“Mats Hummels proved during the last two games, especially in Frankfurt, that he’s very important for the team,” Favre said.

“The defence begins with him. He is very important for the team, but Marco Reus is doing a good job as a captain.

“It’s absolutely clear that Reus is our captain. He’s staying as our captain.”

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Wolfsburg were held to their third straight 1-1 draw in the Bundesliga as Hoffenheim earned a deserved point on Monday night.

Sebastian Rudy put visitors Hoffenheim in front after only six minutes, but unbeaten Wolfsburg levelled through Admir Mehmedi’s powerful left-footed finish, which flew past goalkeeper Oliver Baumann at his near post, in the 36th minute.

Josip Brekalo thought he had put the hosts in front moments later after winning possession from the Hoffenheim defence and racing through to find the net, but his celebrations were cut short as he was penalised for a handball.

At the other end Robert Skov was left with hands on head as his long-range strike crashed down off the underside of the bar and bounced on the line before coming out.

Hoffenheim had the better chances in the second half, but were unable to find a way past Pavao Pervan as both sides had to settle for a point.

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RB Leipzig continue to lead the Bundesliga after defeating Werder Bremen 3-0 at the Weser Stadium.

Hungarian centre-back Willi Orban put Julian Nagelsmann’s side ahead after 13 minutes, with Marcel Sabitzer adding a second goal before the break.

Werder were then reduced to 10 men in the second half after Konrad Laimer was sent off for accumulating two yellow cards.

Leipzig’s victory was sealed in the closing minutes of the game when substitute Marcelo Saracchi scored his first goal for the club since joining in 2018.

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Phillipe Coutinho netted his first goal in the German top flight after joining Niko Kovac’s side on a loan deal from Barcelona in the summer.

The Brazilian’s opportunity came after Cologne’s Kingsley Ehizibue floored him inside the box and subsequently handed a penalty to the Bavarians.

Coutinho duly converted the chance into a goal, but was made to repeat his effort owing to the presence of Bayern players in the box.

No mistake was made on the second attempt as the midfielder scored and widened his side’s advantage.

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