Saturday 16 December 2017

Player to watch Marco Reus Germany

When Joachim Loew dropped Lukas Podolski and Thomas Mueller for two youngsters against Greece, he was accused of complacency. Whether or not Loew keeps the same team tonight, or only uses the excellent 23-year-old Marco Reus to unpick Italy's defence from the bench, his decision for the quarter-final was clearly vindicated.

Because it was not an insult -- it was an improvement. Reus and the 21-year-old Andre Schuerrle came in and took Greece apart. In Germany's sharpest attacking performance so far, they won 4-2 and could have scored twice as many. 'Rolls' Reus was brilliant. Cutting in from the right, his movement was smart and his touch was ­perfect. He was involved in most of Germany's best moves and he got the goal his performance deserved, slamming the fourth in on the volley.

His performance should not have seemed a surprise. Reus has been excellent for three seasons at Borussia ­Moenchengladbach, dragging them from a relegation play-off in 2011 to a Champions League play-off in 2012. Borussia Dortmund, champions for the last two seasons, have bought him for €17.5m as a replacement for the Manchester United-bound Shinji Kagawa and nobody would now deny that this is his natural level.

Irish Independent

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