Edin Terzic: Marco Reus still an important player for Borussia Dortmund

Marco Reus. (Photo by Joris Verwijst/BSR Agency/Getty Images)
Marco Reus. (Photo by Joris Verwijst/BSR Agency/Getty Images) /

Edin Terzic has backed Marco Reus to be an important player for Borussia Dortmund this season even though he was left on the bench for the entire game against VfL Bochum.

Borussia Dortmund’s woes continued on Saturday as they could only manage a 1-1 draw away to VfL Bochum. Marco Reus was an unused substitute at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion, with Edin Terzic deciding not to bring him on even with his team desperately needing a goal.

After the game, the Borussia Dortmund head coach explained his decision to leave Reus on the bench and backed the former club captain to play an important role for the team this season.

"“In the end, we took Nmecha out due to injury and opted to bring on Salih Özcan so we didn’t completely abandon the middle of the pitch. We had to defend one or two counter-attacks because the game was open.”“It has nothing to do with us not having confidence in Marco. We know how important Marco was not only in the past, but also how important he will still be for us in the near future.”"

Reus lost his spot in the Borussia Dortmund starting XI towards the end of last season. The 34 year old also decided to give up the captain’s armband in the summer, but did start in BVB’s first two games of the new campaign after an impressive pre-season.

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Felix Nmecha replaced Marco Reus in the starting XI against Bochum. And Terzic decided to bring on Salih Özcan when Nmecha was forced to come off after picking up an injury in the second half. Reus will now hope to get some minutes on the pitch on Friday as Borussia Dortmund take on 1. FC Heidenheim in the Bundesliga.