'No one expected us' says Reus as Dortmund return to Wembley

AFP , Wednesday 8 May 2024

Borussia Dortmund veteran Marco Reus said "nobody expected us to make it" as his side booked a return to Wembley's Champions League final by beating Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

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Dortmund s Dutch defender #22 Ian Maatsen (C) celebrates Dortmund s victory in front of Paris Saint-Germain s French forward #07 Kylian Mbappe (R) at the end of their UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. Photo: AFP


Dortmund will return to the site of the 2013 Champions League final, when the then Jurgen Klopp-coached side lost 2-1 to German rivals Bayern Munich.

Dortmund won this year's semi-final second leg 1-0 at the Parc des Princes thanks to a header from Mats Hummels, who also played for Dortmund in the 2013 final. They go through 2-0 on aggregate, having won the first leg by the same scoreline.

"Tomorrow nobody will ask how we did it. They will just see the name Borussia Dortmund in the final at Wembley," Reus said to Amazon Prime.

"Today it was clear that we needed to suffer and that we needed some luck, but what the lads did was crazy, crazy."

The 34-year-old, who announced on Friday he will leave his boyhood club at the end of the season, said the feeling of returning to European football's showpiece event was "indescribable".

"Now we better win it, otherwise that would really suck," said Reus.

Reus re-joined Dortmund in 2012 having come through the club's junior system before moving first to Rot-Weiss Ahlen aged 15 then to Borussia Moenchengladbach.

"What a week for me personally. To finish in the Champions League final, where it all started for me in 2013 -- more than 10 years later!"

A re-match with Bayern remains on the cards, with Thomas Tuchel's side playing at Real Madrid in the other semi-final on Wednesday. Bayern and Real played out a 2-2 draw in the first leg.

Dortmund rode their luck in both semi-finals, with PSG hitting the woodwork six times -- including four times on Tuesday.

Despite needing assistance from the goal frame, Dortmund's central defensive pairing of Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck kept PSG's ace attacker Kylian Mbappe under check.

The final in Wembley on June 1 will be Dortmund's third Champions League final, having won the competition in 1997.

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