BVB Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel has paid tribute to attacker Marco Reus, saying he has the potential to become a “monster” on the pitch.
The Germany international has had his troubles with injuries this season, but was impressive again in the 3-1 win over VfB Stuttgart in the DFB Pokal, opening the scoring and setting up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the second.
Tuchel believes Reus could become a massive attacking force for Dortmund should he stay fit and get over his injury woes.
“I said we want to convert him into a monster because he can be a monster on the field,” said Tuchel.
“Marco is a sensitive and creative player who needs to feel free, which means he shouldn’t have to worry about his body all the time. We are working on this.
“It is remarkable how focused he is, how clear and confident he is, how much punch and danger he can represent and how smartly he uses spaces.
“But it is important that we don’t expect too much too early. We absolutely want to get him through the season without further injuries.
“He is on a good path also mentally. The way he trains, how alert he is and how he presents himself within the team and how he gives everything.
“Like I said, he can be a monster, become a monster. He is doing everything for this. So I am very happy and absolutely convinced that he will reach this point.”