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Marco Reus: Dortmund would have beaten full-strength Tottenham

Marco Reus has said Borussia Dortmund would have beaten a full-strength Tottenham in last week's Europa League round-of-16 first leg match in Germany.

Reus scored twice as Dortmund beat a much-changed Spurs 3-0 at the Westfalenstadion to all but ensure their place in the quarterfinals ahead of Thursday's second leg in London.

Spurs, second in the Premier League and eyeing a first league title since 1961, were without the suspended Dele Alli and injured Eric Dier in Germany -- but head coach Mauricio Pochettino made seven changes from the 2-2 draw with Arsenal.

Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele, Erik Lamela and Kyle Walker were among those left on the bench, but Reus said Pochettino had been right to prioritise his club's title challenge.

He said: "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."

Dortmund are also juggling their Europa League campaign and a title challenge. They are five points behind Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.

Reus refused to be drawn on whether Dortmund could catch Pep Guardiola's side, but said: "We can only try and influence the outcome by bringing our best performances, and I will bring my best performances.

"We have come so far and we can only concentrate on ourselves and ignore any distractions.

"We are currently playing really good football. We need to stick with it and maintain the high levels we expect of ourselves."