- In the European Championship qualifier against the Netherlands, Marco Reus could play from the start.
- The Dortmund has missed many major tournaments – now he is asked in the DFB team as a leader.
In the transformation project of Joachim Löw, Marco Reus should play a significant role in many ways. He is the connivance player of the national coach. On the lawn, Reus' ideas are essential for the German game. With passes, hooks and Flatterschüssen the Dortmund establishes the connection between midfield and attack.
Reus is also rooted in two generations. Because of his 29 years, he belongs to the era of the world champions and, strictly speaking, would have to fear a swift retirement. Just as the 29-year-old Thomas Müller and the slightly older Mats Hummles and Jérôme Boateng (both 30) last happened. But Reus was never in the World Cup title win, which he did not want to be understood as an advantage at the press conference before the qualifier against the Netherlands.
But his absence in most major tournaments also connects Reus with the younger players. Although he is established and the second oldest player in the squad (after Manuel Neuer), but somehow new to the national team. Before the duel against the Netherlands, he demanded "a certain amount of greed," which young players should have more than older ones. At Reus, the desire for success with the national team is particularly pronounced. It had a lot of time to thrive. Although the Dortmund professional debuted in 2011 in the DFB-dress, but he managed it in the next eight years, only two tournaments in which he came on five missions. The three games at the 2018 World Cup, which led to the preliminary round-out, he would probably like to forget himself again.
Reus conjures the team spirit
Reus is aware of his integrative role in Löw's new beginning. "I know that I'm in an age where I have to take the lead in the club, which I try here too," he said about the DFB team. Everything takes time, after all, the national team got a lot of young players. "It can not work everything from one day to the next," Reus warned. He also knows fluctuations from his club Borussia Dortmund, where he is already this Vorangeh-type, which he also wants to be in the national team.
At BVB, he wears the captain's armband since this season and is surrounded by some young talents, whom he has to give a halt. In the first round of the Bundesliga, he led his team to a masterful level, but then came expectable periods of weakness, the BVB has now but reasonably processed. By contrast, with the German team he is still in a shaky stage. The 1-1 win over Serbia on Wednesday evening was still bumping – especially in the first half. With the substitution of Reus after the break, the offensive game of the Germans improved noticeably.
In the first correct destination game on Sunday Löw Reus is unlikely to place first on the bench. Reus calls against the Dutch team spirit above all: "We must act with the right attitude and as a team." The Dutch are already one step ahead of the German team in their transformation project. But what can not be forgotten: You have needed some time for this. Since 2011 they have been at big events as often as Reus: twice. At the moment Oranje is on a very promising path. Reus made the current team a "very good mix". Some young players are there, but also "established players". But such a Joachim Loew has in Reus indeed in his ranks.