Marco Reus gave a short interview to Bundesliga.de about the last season and new coach Thomas Tuchel. Here is the English translation.
What have you gained from the last season?
Of course it wasn’t an easy season. I was often injured and never found my rhythm. I believe it was my biggest problem that I couldn’t string together seven or eight games over the full 90 minutes without picking up knocks or more serious injuries, which makes it tough to find the right rhythm or to be there in important matches. Yet, I gained a lot from the last season. I got to know the shady side if you will, when you are injured and have to cheer your team mates on from the stands. It also helped me a lot since I’ve learned to treat my body more consciously in order to remain fit and healthy. This is extremely important nowadays, since football has changed in that regard.
What is new under Thomas Tuchel?
MR: After training you have to properly spin or stretch out. Some already did it anyway, but now everyone is obligated to do it. He is enforcing regeneration measures, for us to capable of performing better or as good as on the day before. Otherwise it’s not easy for him; He arrived here as a new coach, the team is at the back of a bad season and he only has four to five weeks time to prepare for the campaign ahead. He has to squeeze everything into that short amount of time, but it’s next to impossible to do that. It will take time, but I think we are doing well so far. The feedback he is giving us is very good, but were are still a long way off where the coach wants us to be.
How do you feel about facing your old club Borussia Mönchengladbach on the first match day of the Bundesliga season?
MR: I’m looking forward to it. I like it, when you face a strong opponent and it comes right down to business. I think Gladbach have taken a phenomenal development in the last couple of years. They deservedly qualified for the Champions League. Now they have lost two key players (Max Kruse and Christoph Kramer), who have contributed a lot last season, but they will have a strong team and will be well prepared nevertheless.