Name a more iconic duo, I’ll wait.
Borussia Dortmund will largely have Marco Reus to thank if they go onto be crowned Bundesliga Champions
But, every Batman needs his Robin and Mario Götze’s return to fitness means a once devastating duo are looking back to their very best.
Having spent much of the season’s infancy watching on from bench, Götze has returned to the fray in a somewhat unfamiliar auxiliary striker role with Reus dropping back as a No10.
It turns out there is method to the madness of Lucien Favre’s master plan after all, as the duo are beginning to rediscover their telepathic relationship that helped guide Dortmund to the Champions League semi-final in 2012/13.
The weekend’s victory against Hannover not only extended BVB’s stranglehold at the top of the table but also broke Reus and Götze’s six-year duck of failing to hit the target in the same game.
Not since a 5-0 win away to Werder Bremen in January 2013 had the pair both been on the scoresheet. Götze obviously spent three of those years away in Bavaria, but the less said about that time the better.
The sons of Jurgen Klopp found the net within two minutes of each other to put Hannover to the sword and make it three wins on the spin and extend Dortmund’s lead at the top to nine points.
Just a few years ago, Reus and Götze were so prolific together that Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer went as far as to compare them to Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta in terms of their relationship on the pitch.
Reus might be earning the bulk of the plaudits after what is the 29 year old’s best season to date in a Dortmund shirt with 12 goals and seven assists to his name, but Götze will likely be just as important as we enter the business end of the season.
The midfielder-cum-false 9 missed out on a place in Joachim Löw’s World Cup squad but just like Leroy Sane is doing his best to prove the national team manager wrong.
You’re only lying to yourself if you say that you aren’t pleased to see both Reus and Götze back to their very best.
They’re a universally adored pairing that you can’t help but want to succeed.
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