Reus: Dortmund simply cannot lose to Schalke
The 25-year-old is desperate for BVB to maintain their improved Bundesliga form when they host their local rivals, admitting that the derby is "in his blood"
Defeat is not an option for Borussia Dortmund when they host rivals Schalke on Saturday afternoon, according to Marco Reus.
BVB endured a horrendous start to the Bundesliga campaign and spent the mid-season break in the relegation places, rather than challenging leaders Bayern Munich at the other end of the table as many expected.
Since the second half of the season commenced, though, BVB have lost just one of their five league games, winning their three most recent outings, and now sit in 12th position.
Next up for Jurgen Klopp's men are local adversaries Schalke in the Rivierderby, and Dortmund native Reus is desperate for victory.
"[The derby]’s basically in your blood. Against Schalke you know that you just have to run and fight until you drop and you simply can’t lose," the 25-year-old forward told the Bundesliga's official website.
"That’s been clear to me for years now and I go about this game accordingly. As a team, we know that as well. The derby just means so much to the fans and for the area here. It’s obvious really, but we just have to give it everything we have and win the game.
"Playing at home we obviously want to win the game. It definitely won’t be easy, that’s for sure. Schalke have looked very solid recently. They have a very defensive style, where the backline defends high up the pitch when they have the ball.
"We’ll have to really do our homework on them and prepare for them, and although our chances are good, I’d say it’s still 50-50 at the moment as to who’ll come out on top."
The former Borussia Monchengladbach man signed a new deal at Signal Iduna Park earlier in February, putting to rest talk of a potential move away from the club, and Reus admitted he is delighted to have extended his deal until 2019.
"There was a lot of speculation, a lot was said and even more was written about what I would and wouldn’t do. But at the end of the day it was and still is important for me just to know that I’m happy. That’s simply the thing that concerns me most, and it was for that reason that I chose BVB," he added.
"I feel really happy among the team and the coaching staff. My family lives here, my friends live here. Everything I’m used to is right here and again that’s really important for me. It’s also worth a lot to me in my life. Life beyond football does exist, after all.
"We’ve made great strides in the last few games, which we wanted to do. Since the beginning of the second half of the season, with the exception of the game against Augsburg and to an extent Leverkusen, we’ve progressed in every game.
"The first half of the season was basically a disaster for us and enough has been said about it. It’s not about ironing out the creases in the season so far or salvaging what can still be salvaged; what we have to do is just extract the maximum from every game we can, and we’re ready for that."