Dortmund - Beşiktaş

Europe: Champions League
Dortmund D. Malen (29), M. Reus (Pen. 45), M. Reus (53), E. Haaland (68), E. Haaland (81)
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Subdued Reus speaks on disappointing UCL campaign and Haaland

By Peter Vice

Speaking to Amazon Prime's German broadcast team on Tuesday evening, Dortmund head-coach Marco Rose and captain Marco Rose were understandably reserved despite their 5-0 victory. 

Reus also confirmed that he had spoken to frustrated colleague Erling Haaland in the locker room. In Reus' words, the Norwegian star striker was simply "mad at himself" and "not really concerned about the future yet." 

Marco Reus.
Marco Reus.

Borussia Dortmund knew that their 2021/22 Champions League campaign was over before kickoff on Tuesday night at Signal Iduna Park. The home side were nevertheless able to give the 15,000 fans that showed up a show. Marco Reus and Erling Haaland both scored braces in a 5-0 win over Besiktas JK. 

"We had a good farewell to the Champions' League," Rose said afterwards, "For us this was a game that was important for rhythm and muscle memory." 

Captain Marco Reus criticized his own finishing on the night, brushing off a very good nutmeg on one play by saying that he was "lucky that the opponent opened his legs."

"Of course it hurts because this team definitely has the class for the Champions' League," Reus said of the BVB's early exit, "but if you lose three in a row, you don't deserve it. We've been a bit shaky this year and we talk about that a lot." 

"The motto for us moving forward has to be don't talk, just bring it on the pitch," the captain added, "the next three games are important for us to stay close to Bayern and go into the winter break with good feelings."

Asked about how Erling Haaland took the UCL exit, Reus confirmed that he had just spoke to the club's likely-to-depart after the season striker and could confirm that he was similarly frustrated.

"I just saw him in the dressing room and he was mad at himself," Reus answered, "The future isn't a big topic yet. That's still coming. It will become a big topic at some point. We're pretty relaxed about it. He's not concerned about it yet, just hungry for goals and happy that he's fit again. Of course, he knows what he has here." 

At a press conference prior to the match, BVB boss Hans Joachim Watzke confirmed that the club would enter into some talks with Haaland in the coming weeks. Watzke stressed that the club wouldn't be looking for more definitive answers from the €180 million superstar "until March or April." 

1Gregor Kobel
24Thomas Meunier ↪46
15Mats Hummels
5Dan-Axel Zagadou ↪73
14Nico Schulz
22Jude Bellingham ↪73
28Axel Witsel
8Mahmoud Dahoud
39Marius Wolf ↪62
21Donyell Malen
11Marco Reus (C) ↪63
31Silas Ostrzinski
9Erling Haaland ↩63
27Steffen Tigges
36Ansgar Knauff
13Raphaël Guerreiro ↩73
34Marin Pongracic ↩73
20Reinier ↩46
30Felix Passlack ↩62
30Ersin Destanoğlu
20Necip Uysal (C)
4Francisco Montero
77Umut Meraş
14Mehmet Topal
5Josef de Souza Dias ↪82
28Kenan Karaman ↪46
12Can Bozdogan ↪76
17Cyle Larin ↪69
9Michy Batshuayi
61Emre Bilgin
2Valentin Rosier ↩46
3Rıdvan Yılmaz
24Domagoj Vida
46Serdar Saatçı
8Salih Uçan ↩76
10Oğuzhan Özyakup
13Atiba Hutchinson ↩82
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