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Friday, February 13, 2015

Can Marco Reus’ New Contract Give Impetus to Dortmund’s Season?

Borussia Dortmund fans received some relief this week.

In what has been some tough few months as far as their campaign at the domestic front is concerned, the Bundesliga side will be boosted by the news that Marco Reus has signed a new contract that will keep him at the Westfalenstadion until 2019. 

The 25-year-old has been a much sought-after player with some of Europe’s top clubs including Real Madrid, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal chasing after his signature every transfer window.

His new contract, believed to be worth £6million a year, is due until 2019 while it is also understood that the £20 million release clause on his contract has been removed. With the departure of Robert Lewandowski to rivals Bayern Munich last season, Reus remained BVB’s most important player and the fact that he has signed is a huge leap of faith in the club who are struggling domestically.

Dortmund finished last season on a comfortable second position, 7 points ahead of third-placed Schalke 04 but this season has been a mess for Jurgen Klopp’s men. They have already lost 11 games in the Bundesliga this season having lost only 7 the entire last season, a form that leaves them in 16th position, just one point above the bottom two Freiburg and Stuttgart.

Although qualification for European football is still within their grasp given there are still 42 points to fight for, it’s increasingly looking like an impossible task given the fact that 4th placed Augsburg are 15 points above them. 

Die Shcwarzgelben need to turn things around and do so, fast.

The 3-0 win at Freiburg last weekend was BVB’s first victory in 2015 and they need to build on that when they host FSV Mainz in what will be their first assignment post the Marco Reus signing of a new contract.

Mainz who beat Klopp’s side 2-0 at the Coface Arena in the first leg in September are currently sitting three points and three positions above BVB who can only go above Kasper Hjulmand’s outfit with victory of five plus goals. 

The 2012 Bundesliga champions have won only thrice at home ground this season losing on four occasions. To avoid an embarrassing situation ala the one witnessed in the 1-0 loss to Augsburg where keeper Roman Weidenfeller and captain Mats Hummels had to calm down angry fans, BVB have no choice but to deliver the three points.

BVB’s Next 5 Bundesliga Fixtures

20/02/2015 Stuttgart v Borussia Dortmund

28/02/2015 Dortmund v Schalke 04

07/03/2014 Hamburg SV v Borussia Dortmund

14/03/2015 Dortmund v Koln

21/03/2015 Hannover 96 v Borussia Dortmund

And That’s thesteifmastertake!!