Marco Reus: Marco Rose has done an outstanding job so far at Borussia Dortmund

Marco Rose and Marco Reus (Photo by SASCHA SCHUERMANN/AFP via Getty Images)
Marco Rose and Marco Reus (Photo by SASCHA SCHUERMANN/AFP via Getty Images) /

Marco Reus has praised Marco Rose for the job he has done so far at Borussia Dortmund, saying that his comments criticising the team’s formation after the game against RB Leipzig were taken out of context. 

Marco Reus sparked a bit of a media frenzy after saying that Borussia Dortmund should have played with a back four instead of a back three in their game against RB Leipzig earlier this month. The BVB captain has now clarified those comments, adding that they were taken completely out of context.

"In an interview with Sport1, Reus said: “I know that we have a lot of injured players at the moment and that the situation didn’t allow us to play with a back four from the start.”“I said in the interview that we couldn’t cope with the five-man backline during the game – for various reasons. After our switch to the four-man backline, things got better. Far too much has been made of this sentence, which unfortunately has been taken completely out of context.”“The media often demand that we players speak openly and honestly, that what we say doesn’t just consist of platitudes, but then we give our impressions of the game and are promptly criticised for days on end.”"

Marco Rose was forced into playing with a back three formation against RB Leipzig after Borussia Dortmund’s injury crisis left them without any fit left-backs. The Black and Yellows reverted to a back four in the second half, but ended up suffering a damaging 2-1 defeat.

Reus also heaped praise on Marco Rose, saying that the former Gladbach head coach has done an outstanding job so far at Borussia Dortmund. The 32 year old also said that he has a very close relationship with the BVB trainer.

"“We have had a very open, good and close relationship built on trust right from the start. Marco Rose has done an outstanding job so far, and he will continue to do so in the future.”"

Marco Rose has been forced to deal with a raft of injuries since joining Borussia Dortmund in the summer. The injury crisis has prevented the 45 year old from playing his preferred formation in a number of games, and it has also had a big impact on the team’s performances so far this season.

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Borussia Dortmund are currently second in the Bundesliga standings, four points behind Bayern Munich. They are also second in their Champions League group, and face a must-win game against Sporting CP later this month.