Borussia Dortmund goal-getter Marco Reus knows full well that to snatch the Bundesliga crown from champions Bayern Munich will need a fair amount of patience as the season unfolds. That is to say, it is a marathon, not a sprint. So, although striker Reus is overjoyed that BVB chalked up an astounding 5-1 win over Augsburg, he is acutely aware that this is just their first win in skirmishes that will take place all season.
Going into the game to kick-start their season, Lucien Favre’s men had impetus in their corner given that the night before they had witnessed Bayern Munich effectively drop two points; they could only manage to draw their opening game of the term with a 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin. BVB missed out on snaring the title last time of asking and in so doing had to watch their great rivals take the silverware.
In the game, the visitors stunned the home fans by taking a shock lead with just one minute when Florian Niederlechner nipped in to slot home from inside the box. But the Augsburg joy didn’t last long predictably. Just two minutes after the deadlock was broken, Paco Alcacer calmly tucked a goal home and then it fell to England flyer Jadon Sancho to pounce and put the home side in front.
Spanish marksman Alcacer couldn’t be denied and it wasn’t too long before he struck to make it 3-1 — then the floodgates opened somewhat with further goals from Reus and the excellent-on-the-day Julian Brandt.
And Reus, speaking after the match and reflecting on the overwhelming support BVB enjoyed from their loyal fans, said:
“There was a lot of excitement to be playing our first game at home. The stadium was sold out — the fans were immense and were extremely loud.”
“We never doubted we could win this match. It obviously wasn’t all perfect, we would’ve liked to have gone 2-1 up before the interval. At the break we said we needed to play with more purpose. That’s how we then created our chances.”
“The fact we were playing towards the South Stand in the second half gave us the push we needed, as it always does. You get the feeling you can apply even more pressure, that you’re more on your game.”
Favre pointed to the pace at which BVB played the match and he says he believes his side can and will improve — both individually and collectively too. He added:
“You could see that we upped the tempo in the second period, which was very good. The result was then clear and deserved. But we also still have a few things to work on. We want to get better every day. What’s important for me is that the players make progress.”