Borussia Dortmund named Lucien Favre as their head coach in May which will see the Swiss tactician link up with former Borussia Mönchengladbach player, Marco Reus.

The 60-year-old handed Reus his Bundesliga debut in in 2009 during a 3-3 draw against VfL Bochum at the age of 20 before going on to score 27 goals and create 15 in 51 appearances under Favre which then resulted in a big money move to Borussia Dortmund.

Six years after the duo last worked together in 2012, Favre and Reus will be reunited, only this time in Dortmund as they look to end Bayern Munich’s dominance in the Bundesliga.

Since re-joining his hometown club as a 23-year-old in 2012, after Dortmund had won back-to-back Bundesliga championships, it looked as though Reus & Co. could challenge on all fronts for silverware under Jürgen Klopp.

But with four coaches, Klopp, Thomas Tuchel, Peter Bosz and Peter Stöger, Dortmund and Reus’ only major trophy came in 2017, winning the DFB Pokal in Tuchel’s final game of the club before his departure.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with ESPN while on their pre-season tour of America, Reus touched on Dortmund’s managerial changes and how it’s not healthy for any club.

“It’s never a good sign when many players leave the club or when you have many coaching changes because it brings a lot of distraction to the team and the club,” Reus told ESPN.

With the appointment of Favre, Reus & Co. will now be hoping for some stability at the club after what seemed to be a torturous campaign. Finishing fourth, behind Bayern Munich, Schalke and Hoffenheim confirmed the club will enter the Champions League at the qualification stage which isn’t good enough, while everyone linked with Dortmund will be hoping that Favre can get die Schwarzgelben back on the right track with the help of his trustworthy counterpart, Reus.

And at 29, Reus isn’t getting any younger either. Arguably it’s now or never if he wants a Bundesliga winners medal and with Bayern Munich undergoing a period of transition under new head coach Niko Kovac, there isn’t a better time for Dortmund to hit the ground running.

Following the departure of Tuchel, Reus had a chance to jump ship with Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal all showing an interest in the past.

But instead of taking the easy option, Reus instead signed a bumper contract extension until 2023 in what could prove to be a significant deal for Dortmund.

“When you are 28, 29 years old, you are aware that this is going to be your last big contract of your career,” said Reus. “You have to make up your mind: What is it that I want? Do I want to find something new, a new culture, a new league, a new language, new teammates, a new city? And what is it that I need to be happy? What is it that I need to perform?” Reus told ESPN.

“After all these evaluations, the choice was always Dortmund. I see, and I believe in the potential the club has and I believe in the potential to have an evolution as a club and to follow a new path.”

Reus is yet to play under Favre at Dortmund since the Swiss’ return, but it appears that both are extremely excited at their reunion. Speaking to the press following Dortmund’s win over Manchester City in Chicago, Favre praised his development.

“I coached him in Gladbach, but that’s already six years ago. He developed a lot since then and is now a very, very, very, very good player,” said Favre.

With just one month remaining until Borussia Dortmund’s opening Bundesliga fixture against RB Leipzig, who will likely challenge them for a European spot, Reus will be hoping to get some minutes on the pitch during pre-season following Germany’s disastrous World Cup campaign, that saw them exit at the group stage.

Ravaged with injuries in the past, Reus will be praying for an injury free campaign and if his end of season form last campaign is anything to go by, Dortmund fans should expect big things from the 29-year-old, who scored seven goals in 11 Bundesliga games last season.

Stay fit, and Reus could become that player Borussia Dortmund so desperately need, not only to score the goals, but to lead his teammates who are considerably younger.

 

By Daniel Pinder