Marco Reus was proud of the way Borussia Dortmund played in the second half of their 3-1 win over RB Leipzig on Saturday.
After a cagey first half which was dominated by RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund roared back to earn a vital 3-1 win over their top four rivals. Dortmund played some of they best football of the season in the second half, and goals from Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland (x2) helped them earn a well deserved win in the end.
Marco Reus played the role of the orchestrator as he helped set up two of the three goals. And he was delighted with the way Borussia Dortmund played in the second half against a strong RB Leipzig side that has conceded the fewest number of goals in the Bundesliga so far this season.
“Everyone knows that I’m my own biggest critic,” Reus said. “Today was a clear step forward. We’re delighted that we produced a second-half performance like that. RB is a formidable opponent, so we’re also incredibly proud of the second half. We are aware of our own strength – and now we have to show that consistently over 90 minutes.”
Erling Haaland was also pleased to help Borussia Dortmund get the three points. The striker said that the win was for Axel Witsel, who suffered a serious looking achilles injury in the first half. According to Ruhr Nachrichten, Borussia Dortmund fear that the midfielder could now face a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
“There is always a special motivation when playing against Leipzig. It feels good. We played for Axel Witsel – I wish him a speedy recovery. We scored great goals today and showed our quality. It was about time for me to score again.”
Jadon Sancho also spoke after the game and said that he came back from the winter break raring to go. The 20 year old has found his form in recent weeks, and has scored and assisted in both of Borussia Dortmund’s games since the turn of the year.
“Obviously this season has been very difficult for me personally,” Sancho said. “So I knew when I went away (for the winter break), I just focused on my game and coming back raring to go. And just working hard every day in training and on the pitch. So I’m happy to get my goal and assist.”
The win helped Borussia Dortmund go within five points of league leaders Bayern Munich, who suffered a 3-2 defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Friday. Next up for the Black and Yellows is a home game against Mainz 05 on Saturday.