Emotional Marco Reus backs Borussia Dortmund to lift UCL

Emotional Marco Reus backs Borussia Dortmund to win UCL final after spirited win over PSG

Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus was overcome with emotion following his team’s 2-0 aggregate win over Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. The result sees Dortmund reach their first UCL final since the 2012-13 season.

UCL Final: What does it mean to Marco Reus?

Having defeated PSG, Borussia Dortmund and Marco Reus will play in just their second Champions League final since the turn of the millennium. They have previously won the competition back in the 1996/97 season.

Reus started the UCL final for Borussia Dortmund back in the 2012/13 season against arch-rivals Bayern Munich. The Bavarians grabbed the lead via Mario Mandzukic at the hour-mark, after which Dortmund hit back via a penalty from Ilkay Gundogan. However, Arjen Robben broke Black and Yellow hearts all over with his late winner that gave Bayern the UCL.

Now, over a decade after that fateful night, Dortmund and their hero Marco Reus have put themselves in a position to challenge for the crown once again. Speaking after the second leg against PSG, the German said,

“We go to Wembley, crazy… crazy. We are back, more than 10 years later. We have to make it happen, it’s our moment. It’s now.”

Reus has played 425 games for Dortmund, scoring 169 goals and providing 130 assists. He has made 71 appearances for the club in the Champions League and will hope to add the coveted trophy to his collection this year.

Dortmund’s road to the final

Borussia Dortmund finished first in Group F despite it being widely-regarded as the ‘Group of Death’. They were ahead of PSG, Milan and Newcastle in first place and qualified with 11 points from six games. In that span, they secured three wins, two draws and fell to one defeat.

They then defeated PSV Eindhoven in the round of 16 with a 3-1 aggregate scoreline. Dortmund then faced a stern test in the quarter-finals as they were drawn against Diego Siemone’s Atletico Madrid. Edin Terzic and his men showed great spirit across both legs as they ran out 5-4 winners on aggregate.

They then defeated 2020 finalists PSG 2-0 on aggregate in the semis to advance to the final, which will be played at the Wembley Stadium on June 1.