When Marco Reus talks most people are interested, many will listen carefully. One of those intent on catching every word is Jadon Sancho, the sensational English attacker who is carving out a glittering career at Borussia Dortmund after switching to the Bundesliga from Manchester City.
Put simply, Reus is a hero to Sancho; the 18-year-old sees him as an icon in the same team, offering advice and nurturing the young, talented player along the way. He explains:
“I look up to Marco Reus because he’s a very big player — I look up to him like an idol.
“It’s so good to have him on the pitch talking to me and giving me advice, because when he tells me things I listen. I just have to keep taking that advice and learning as a player.”
Reus is doing everything in his power to live up to the platform on which he finds himself in the eyes of Sancho. His form has been instrumental in Borussia Dortmund’s impressive run of five wins out of their past six league games matches which has seen them reach the top of the table.
BVB chalked up a 1-0 victory at Wolfsburg at the weekend with Germany international Reus putting in yet another dazzling display. And he said:
“I’ve always emphasised that if I’m fit, I can help the team and at present it’s going really well. We’ve had a bit of luck in some situations, but that doesn’t matter. I’m happy for it to continue like that if the team is successful.”
Swiss defender Manuel Akanji says he hopes the outfit can take their form into to the next two crucial games. Lucien Favre’s side go to Atletico Madrid tonight for a Group E Champions League match and then host Bayern Munich on Saturday.
He said of the win at Wolfsburg and the upcoming clashes:
“We defended very well as a team and that’s why we didn’t give many clear-cut chances away. We could’ve definitely scored one or two more through the chances we had. But we can’t score three or four goals in every game.
“We’re all looking forward to the match against Munich, but our focus is now on Atlético Madrid. We won the first leg 4-0 and we’re sure that they’ll want to show a reaction. It’ll be a tough game, but first of all we need to prepare for it.”
Sancho, again, is key for BVB in these games and he will be redoubling his efforts to help reach his goal of making it to the top of his game. Looking at his transition from the English game, he explained:
“I just love football. I’ll do anything to fulfil my dream English players don’t like to leave home.
“I think it’s because they’re just not comfortable leaving their friends and family — which I don’t have a problem with. You’ve got to have a lot of balls to step up and say ‘I want to do it. I want to fulfil my dream.
“People progress in different ways. My way was to go abroad and show everyone what I have. I’m just showing people that there are other teams that are willing to play young players. Borussia Dortmund are one of those teams.”