Borussia Dortmund

Why All the Fuss About Mario Goetze? Marco Reus Is the One to Fear

DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 12:  Marco Reus of Germany celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier Group C match between Republic of Ireland and Germany at the Aviva Stadium on October 12, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMay 16, 2013

Have you heard? Mario Goetze was injured in Borussia Dortmund's aggregate victory over Real Madrid and remains in doubt for the UEFA Champions League final.

According to Juergen Klopp (via Bundesliga.com), the prodigious No. 10 has started running again and looks like a "maybe" for the showpiece event.

A lot of fuss has been over Goetze's fitness and whether he'd be ready to play, and that's absolutely understandable: He's a world-class player who can change games when the ball is at his feet.

But I'd be more worried if BVB were missing Marco Reus.

Make no mistake about it, this is one formidable Bayern side: The tactics of Jupp Heynckes resemble those of Arrigo Sacchi in many ways (bar the ridiculous offside trap) and will be outrageously hard to beat.

They bottle-necked Barcelona, kept two clean sheets and scored three at the Camp Nou. Before that they defeated Juventus 4-0 with ease, nullifying Andrea Pirlo and therefore stopping the Bianconeri gaining any attacking rhythm.

Clean sheets against the likes of Lionel Messi, Mirko Vucinic and David Villa will have BVB fans worried, and the big debate will be whether or not Robert Lewandowski can break that duck.

But it could come down to a moment of genius from someone, and Reus has the raw attributes to make something happen in this regard.

He's an adept passer, but the dual threat he carries when dribbling or shooting is one to watch for: He scores most of his goals while at full speed and has the ability break between the lines.

As fantastic as Goetze is, Reus' raw attributes give him the game-breaking ability in this particular matchup, and Heynckes will need to take his speed and finishing ability into account.

Javi Martinez will be on red alert and will need to keep his positional discipline, while Dante's partner in defence is sure to be on his heels more often than usual.

If Reus runs the show, Dortmund have every chance of winning the final.

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