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Marco Reus return to Champions League final with Dortmund after 11 years

By Real11 - May 8 2024 67 Views
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Marco Reus calls his return to CL final "indescribable"

Marcus Reus labelled his return to the Champions League final- 11 years after first playing in it with the German professional club in 2013- “indescribable” as his side edged past firm favourites Paris Saint Germain 2-0 on aggregate in the semis.

Veteran defender Mats Hummels scored the game’s only goal in a 1-0 win in Parc des Princes and the Bundesliga side rode their luck-with the hosts hitting the crossbar on four occasions with 30 shots on the night – to seal a date with either Bayern Munich or Real Madrid in the finals. 

Reus started in the 2-1 loss to Bayern in the 2013 final on a Dortmund side that featured the likes of Robert Lewandowski and İlkay Gündoğan and was coached by Jurgen Klopp. Tuesday’s goalscorer Hummels was also a teammate of Reus in 2013. 

“Indescribable. After more than 10 years, I am in the final with Borussia again," said Reus, who is leaving the team at the end of the season. "How we won the game, no one will ask tomorrow. Shots against the post won't matter tomorrow. What counts is that Borussia Dortmund is in the final again."

Reus came on the field as a substitute shortly after Hummels had found the back of the net with a bullet header from a Julian Brandt cross.

Today it was clear that we needed to suffer and that we needed some luck, but what the lads did was crazy, crazy," Reus added.

Dortmund has blown hot and cold in the Bundesliga this season and are currently placed fifth on the points table with two games remaining, but boss Edin Terzic believes that his side’s place in the league had nothing to do with what would happen in the final. 

“That plays no role," Terzic said. "In 2013, when Dortmund were in the Champions League final they were 25 points behind in the league and in 1997 when they won it they were also not doing well.

"The season had highs and lows, but our season is still not finished."

Dortmund now wait for the winner of the match between European giants Bayern Munich and Real Madrid on Wednesday to determine who they will face at the Wembley.

Before the first [Round of 16] game against [PSV] Eindhoven, we talked for the first time about how short the journey to London could be," Terzic said. "Back then, many were still puzzled. We've grown with every game and eventually realised that we could be the team that surprises everyone in the end.

"Now I'm very happy to be in the final with my team."

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