Berlin (AP) – Borussia Dortmund boss Hans-Joachim Watzke has defended his captain Marco Reus against public criticism from TV pundit Dietmar Hamann.

“Dietmar Hamann often analyzes very accurately. But he is completely wrong here. How does he want to be able to assess internal team processes? Marco is a good captain,” said 61-year-old Watzke from “Bild”. At “Sky90” Hamann (47) said of Reus: “I didn’t understand why they didn’t take his captain’s armband off him in the summer. The other question is whether I would have given it to him two years ago. You have a player that you must pull. “

After months of injury, 31-year-old Reus is back in the BVB selection. In the 3-0 victory in the Revier derby against FC Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga, he was initially on the bench, ex-world champion Mats Hummels (31) wore the bracelet. The former national player would be the better BVB captain for Hamann. “With Hummels you have a brilliant leader who has shown in the past that he can speak, that he can inspire people.” Watzke said: “Marco and Mats get along very well. It is clear that Marco needs time to stabilize his performance after this long injury break. At least we know what we have in him.”

In the Champions League, Dortmund expects Zenit Saint Petersburg this Wednesday.

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