Mario Basler teases Marco Reus and Mats Hummels

If former national player Mario Basler has his way, BVB won’t win a title as long as veterans Marco Reus and Mats Hummels are on the pitch.

Former Bundesliga professional Mario Basler is of the opinion that BVB would be better positioned without Marco Reus and Mats Hummels. “As long as Reus and Hummels are at Borussia, no more titles will be distributed to Dortmund,” said the 54-year-old in his podcast “Basler ballert”.

The two old Dortmund stars – both of whom had their employment contracts extended at the end of last season until 2024 – were in head coach Edin Terzic’s starting line-up in the recent 1-0 win against VfL Wolfsburg. While Hummels has been one of the most consistent Borussia players since the start of the season and has been in the starting eleven six times, Reus was able to score the winning goal against the Wolves after a weak phase at the beginning.

BVB with Reus and Hummels? “You won’t win any titles there”

Against Wolfsburg, Hummels played “many clever balls forward,” and VfL attacker Jonas Wind “had little to say against the veteran,” it said criticism. Hummels earned a grade of 2.5 for his performance. Reus did even better, receiving a grade of 2.0.

Marco Reus came on as a substitute after around an hour in BVB’s disappointing 2-0 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain. Although he couldn’t do anything against the strong PSG defense, the ex-captain noticeably revived the black and yellow attacking game.

Basler acknowledged the good performances: “Mats Hummels has to be praised a lot at the moment. He’s really had a great season.” Reus is also “an important part of this team,” said the long-time Bundesliga professional.

Nevertheless, BVB will no longer win a title with the duo: “Sure, I said, that with Reus and Hummels you won’t be champions. I’ll stick with that. You won’t win any titles there.”