Looking for something to get your humors moving on a Tuesday afternoon? How about this: Marco Reus has thrown a little shade on Tottenham Hotspur, giving quotes to the media that Dortmund could've defeated even a full-strength Tottenham side in their Europa League fixture last week.
"I do believe that they took the game seriously, but we are currently in such good form that we would still have beaten their best team.
"However, their team has other priorities. I think Tottenham are giving priority to winning the Premier League, and you can't blame them."
Ouch, right? I mean, Reus is probably due a little mild smack after scoring two goals in Dortmund's 3-0 win last Thursday, and nobody can say that Spurs deserved any kind of result. Dortmund looked good, like legit Champions League quality.
On the other hand, I don't get the impression that Reus was trying to disrespect Spurs but rather emphasize how well Dortmund are playing at the moment. Anyway, it's kind of a moot point: Tottenham obviously decided to punt on the Europa League, or at least half-punt. I'm sure Poche was hoping to throw his B-team into the fire and see if they could nick a halfway decent result like they did at Anderlecht. If Spurs had suffered a close loss and gotten an away goal then I'd bet that we'd be seeing a close to full-strength side in the return leg on Thursday.
As it was, I'd certainly like to think that a Spurs side with Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele, Erik Lamela, Kyle Walker, and Eric Dier would've been able to hang with that motivated and obviously talented Dortmund team. Maybe they would've still lost, but I can virtually guarantee it wouldn't have been 3-0.
Unfortunately, now we'll probably never know (until we meet them in the finals of next year's Champions League, right?)