Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus and Mats Hummels Bench Warmers in Victory: Contract Extension Looming

Marco Reus and Mats Hummels only saw Borussia Dortmund’s victory at Union Berlin from the bench. Both are also about a possible extension of the expiring contracts.

Good mood despite being a reserve: Mats Hummels (left) and Marco Reus sit on the bench for 90 minutes during BVB’s victory in Berlin. IMAGO/Matthias Koch

When Ramy Bensebaini came on as a substitute a few minutes before the end of the game at Union Berlin, it was clear to Marco Reus and Mats Hummels that they would no longer be playing this Saturday. A rare experience for the two veterans to have to watch a game from outside for the entire 90 minutes – at least before the current season.

For the fourth time this season, Hummels spent the entirety of a Bundesliga game on the bench. He has already set his season high at BVB, which dates back to his debut season in Dortmund in 2007/08. Only as a Bayern player did he experience more outside games in one season. Reus has also watched four games from outside this season – as many as he has seen in his entire career.

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The central defender is currently only choice number 3 for the two positions in the four-man defense chain, also because he has had to struggle with illness several times this year. Edin Terzic emphasized that the decision in Berlin was not against Hummels, but rather for his two competitors. “We decided on Nico Schlotterbeck and Niklas Süle.” Both of them “did well and allowed very little except in the counterattack moments after ball losses,” praised the coach and thinks: “That’s the stability that we had for the most part this year with the two of them on the pitch.” In fact, BVB only conceded six goals in nine games in 2024 – three of them against Hoffenheim the weekend before.

Takeout by Reus surprised

And in Berlin, Hummels wasn’t the only professional who wasn’t used: “It wasn’t just Mats, but many other players who weren’t used. They will be extremely important for us in the next few months in order to achieve our goals.” In fact, the exclusion of Reus was even more surprising, as the 34-year-old was Dortmund’s best player against TSG with two assists. The situation is not new; just over a year ago, for example, both of them spent the entire game on the bench in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League against Chelsea (1-0), and they are in the second half of the season and in the first half of the current season but became regular players again.

At the same time, like a year ago, plans are being made as to what will happen next for the two deserving players. After being extended by one year each until next summer, both contracts will expire again – the outcome is uncertain. “We talk openly with the players. Both have done a lot for the club,” emphasized sports director Sebastian Kehl on Sunday Sport1 one-two and announced: “We will have to make a decision at a certain point, but that hasn’t come yet.”

2024-03-04 13:20:32
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