BVB sports director Sebastian Kehl has defended Borussia Dortmund’s captain Marco Reus. In addition, the ex-national player spoke about the alleged interest in Cristiano Ronaldo.
Even one day after the 2:3 defeat against Werder Bremen, BVB is still looking for clues as to how that could have happened. “The frustration runs deep, he expressed that,” said sporting director Sebastian Kehl picture TV about the statements made by captain Marco Reus directly after the game. The 32-year-old was visibly annoyed when he was looking for reasons for the playful 2-0 lead in the closing stages and replied: “If I knew, we probably would have turned it off.”
The question of mentality was asked again, but Kehl didn’t want to know anything about it. “We’re not starting a discussion about Reus now. That’s nonsense. Instead, the sports director defended Reus. “He has a high level of identification with the club. He leads differently, that’s why he’s not alone.” What is meant is the team council, which should help.
Kehl instead announced one-on-one talks and an analysis to prevent such a debacle as in the last few minutes as against Werder in the future. At the same time, Kehl also referred to other teams that have “been a bit sluggish” so far.
Rather, it is far too early to give up in the fight for the championship. “Otherwise we could close the shop. It wasn’t what we expected and not what the team can do.” On the first two days of the game, Borussia managed to win two narrow victories (1-0 against Leverkusen and 3-1 in Freiburg), and in the cup they won 3-0 at third division club 1860 Munich.
BVB: Kehl rejects Cristiano Ronaldo
Kehl also commented on the rumors about Cristiano Ronaldo, who was allegedly offered to BVB during the week. “Cristiano Ronaldo will not switch to Borussia Dortmund. That’s the way it is,” said the former international. And to be honest, we didn’t bother with it. The number of clicks was certainly outstanding. But we’ve done a lot in the last few days to put this rumor into perspective.”
Kehl described Ronaldo as a “fantastic player, a world footballer”, but also made it clear that it was not an issue for Borussia Dortmund if Ronaldo had never played in the Bundesliga.
Leverkusen’s boss Fernando Carro made a similar statement, who could not imagine that CR7 would go hunting for goals in German stadiums. “If a club has the money and wants to face the challenge of a CR7 in the dressing room, that would do the Bundesliga good,” said Carro picture TV: “But since people in Germany work with a lot of reason and common sense, I can’t imagine that anyone will do that.”