Reus: Fitness not a problem

BVB Dortmund winger Marco Reus is adamant the squad's conditioning will not be an issue despite their packed fixture schedule in recent weeks.

Dortmund's 3-1 win over TSG Hoffenheim at the weekend was their fifth game in 16 days and things aren't slowing down any time soon, with a midweek game against Darmstadt followed by Der Klassiker against Bayern München on Saturday and their Europa League last-16 first leg against Tottenham the following Thursday.

However, Reus is confident the hectic schedule will not have a negative impact on BVB's performances.

"Almost all the players have had a similar workload in recent seasons. It's not a problem actually," he told the official Bundesliga website.

"We've won again and we're still unbeaten after nine games in all competitions in the Ruckrunde [the second half of the season].

"Things are going well even if sometimes it's difficult to win games, just as it was in the first half of the season. We also win these matches because we keep our heads, like we did in the second half against Hoffenheim."

The top-of-the-table clash against Bayern is naturally all anyone is talking about, but the attacking midfielder insists they are not looking beyond the game against Darmstadt.

"We have the game against Darmstadt on Wednesday first. If we don't win there, there's no point in talking about Bayern. We first have to focus on Darmstadt, which will be a difficult game on a tricky pitch," Reus explained.

"Darmstadt also have to cope with the pitch, and we have to handle it because we will want to dictate play. It's important we're at it from the off and try to score an early goal."