BVB Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus does not believe that his side has what it takes to be crowned Bundesliga champions this season.
Dortmund currently sit in second place on the Bundesliga standings, but trail leaders Bayern München by eight points.
With the Bavarians having already opened up a healthy lead, Reus now believes that Dortmund are only capable of finishing second at best, and securing a spot in next year’s Champions League.
As such, the 26-year-old is focused on maintaining – and hopefully extending – the six-point gap that Dortmund currently hold over the chasing pack, starting with this weekend’s clash with fourth-placed Borussia MG.
“Our main objective is to maintain the distance between us and the teams behind us,” Reus told the official Bundesliga website.
“We are in a good position to do that. We are playing Borussia MG, one of our direct competitors, in our first game back and we have to be up for it from the off.
“We have been a lot better than last season but it will still be difficult to catch Bayern because they are so consistent.”
Asked about Dortmund’s performance in the first half of the season, Reus expressed satisfaction with the fact that the club had won 12 of their first 17 games, and that they had scored 47 goals during that period, the most in the league. However, he conceded that this attacking success cannot come at the expense of a sturdy defence.
“Overall I think we had a good first half to the season,” he said. “We scored a ton of goals and put in some great performances over a number of weeks. We have scored a crazy amount of goals.
“But we have conceded a few too. That obviously has something to do with the way we play, but we need to be a bit more solid at the back so we can defend leads over a longer period.
“Apart from that we also want to be a bit more flexible in our play and score even more goals if we can. The competitiveness of the Bundesliga is so high that it hardly matters what team you play. If you don’t give 100 per cent, you have no chance and we know that.”