Borussia Dortmund cruised to a 7-0 win over fifth division side Westfalia Rhynern in their first pre-season friendly of the summer. Here are three things we learned from the game.
Takeaway #1: Appreciate Marco Reus
Marco Reus is one of the greatest strikers of a ball ever. Scoring two first half goals against an Oberliga side is not particularly impressive or noteworthy for a player of his caliber. However, beyond statistics, football is a game and is meant to entertain.
The former BVB captain’s two goals against Westfalia Rhynern did just that. The first was a full volley off a chipped cross, Reus did not look to try to hit the ball that hard but froze the goalkeeper with his effort going in off the crossbar and into the back of the net.
The second goal was similarly enjoyable to watch as Marco Reus casually carried the ball forward and under little pressure curled it top bins. While Reus’ effectiveness may be down and having relinquished the captaincy, his ability should be appreciated while we have the opportunity to witness it. The goals will also give him some confidence heading into the start of the season.
Appreciating other aspects of football, Mateu Morey returned from a lengthy injury to much fan support. While 18 year old Hendry Blank scored soon after coming on, making a good impression on head coach Edin Terzic.