Marco Reus

“There is nothing better”: Reus looking forward to Champions League final in his last game for Dortmund

Reus is looking to step down with a European title

Borussia Dortmund legend Marco Reus is relishing the prospect of playing in the Champions League final in his last match for the club. After 12 years at the Signal Iduna Park, Reus is set to depart Der BVB and he will be hoping to bow out with a European title.

For the time since 2013, Dortmund have reached the finals of the Champions League, where a daunting clash against serial winners Real Madrid awaits. Ironically, the match will be held at the same stadium where they were beaten by Bayern Munich in the final, 11 years ago – at London’s Wembley stadium.

Reus, who played that final entirely, was upbeat ahead of returning to the venue, while affirming his side’s objective of winning the trophy. In an interview with UEFA, he said:

“I would say there is nothing better than playing your last game in a Champions League final and winning it. Starting with a Champions League final at Wembley in 2013 and finishing with one in 2024 for your last game, there are worse ways to end a Dortmund career.

“The last final at Wembley was 11 years ago and it’s a different opposition, different players as well, so it’s not about revenge, it’s just about the anticipation. Now the objective is to win the trophy because we cannot imagine how things could be the very next day here. It’s just about the next 90 minutes, possibly 120 minutes, which will decide.”

Reus joined Dortmund from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012 and quickly established himself as a key player. Today, he has racked up 428 appearances in all competitions for the side, netting 170 goals and winning five titles. The former Germany international could win a sixth title on his final appearance for the side, and perhaps, the most important one of his career too.

Two German legends to bow out after Champions League final

Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus isn’t the only player who will be making his farewell appearance for his side. Real Madrid ace Toni Kroos will also depart the club following the Wembley showpiece. The German announced his retirement from professional football last week, meaning he will also quit Die Mannschaft’s national team after UEFA Euro 2024. However, only one of Kroos and Reus will be ending his time at their respective clubs with the Champions League title.

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