Following a goal in this weekend’s friendly against AZ Alkamaar, Marco Reus sat down with Germany’s Sport1 to discuss his role in the team and some of the rumors that have been swirling since the beginning of the Winterpause.
At the top of all fans’ minds will be the reports that Marco Reus led an attempted coup against Edin Terzic, suggesting, among other senior players, that he was not the right coach for the team. There has been concern among the fan base that these reports, if true, could see Marco Reus frozen out of the team. A few of the more spirited news outlets picked up this fervor as well. Unsurprisingly, Reus came out swinging to vehemently deny this rumor, going so far as to say that reading the information in the news and tabloids made him very angry. Reus reaffirmed the strength of his relationship with Edin Terzic, saying they have a “very close and strong relationship”. Reus acknowledged that he was frustrated to be withdrawn against FC Augsburg, but ultimately puts the blame on a desire to keep fighting on the pitch.
Interviewer Manfred Sedlbauer starts off by saying of Reus, “a lot has been said about him lately, but only rarely with him.” This is a very good point to ground the rumors about Reus against. Yes, there has been a flurry of reports of unrest in the team—centered around Reus—but until now no one had asked him. This would not be the first time the media has picked on Marco Reus as a source of controversy when BVB underperform. Part of what made Reus such an important captain for BVB was his ability to navigate these off field distractions with elegance.
Reus went on to discuss why he passed on the captain’s armband, citing the honor of representing the club as a leader, and his desire to pass the responsibility on to another player. Clearly Reus’s importance in the team and the locker room has not changed because of it. Reus’s voice and experience will be critical for the remainder of the season, as Reus noted the need to get the team back on track and his belief that BVB could forge a string of results on the spring just like last season.
While I’m not entirely convinced there was nothing to the rumors from earlier in December, if Reus believes the right move is to publicly deny them and move on, it is in the best interest of the fans to do the same. Whether or not Edin Terzic is the head coach for the remainder of the season, I want to see Marco Reus on the pitch. Patching things up with the head coach (and getting settled in with his old pals Nuri and Sven) is the best resolution for all parties.