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Marco Reus can become one of the world's best says Dante

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Bayern Munich defender Dante has heaped praise on his former Borussia Monchengladbach teammate Marco Reus, stating his belief that the German forward will become one of the world’s best.

Dante was speaking final at a PUMA launch event ahead of the DFB-Pokal final between Germany’s top two teams and was in no doubt to the quality his colleague turned rival possesses.

"Marco Reus was one of the strongest forwards I have played against this season," he said.

"He has the quality to become one of the best 10 players in the world."

The Brazilian, who is part of Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Brazil squad for the upcoming World Cup, also took the opportunity to defend under fire coach Pep Guardiola following a disappointing end to the German Champion’s season:

"Until [we won the Bundesliga in] Berlin we were the best team in the world, unbeaten. Now people question if the philosophy fits? That’s sad," he said.

"Germans are very intelligent and structured people, they should never ask this question. Pep Guardiola won the German title after just 27 games by conceding 13 goals. At this point, everything was fine.

"Then we lost our rhythm - that was our mistake. We focused on the Champions League. The defeats against Augsburg and Dortmund hurt us, but his philosophy fits 100 per cent to us. We stay 100 per cent behind him and we will fight for his philosophy until the end.”

Despite a humbling 5-0 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid, Dante remains adamant that Bayern were unfortunate over the two legs against Carlo Ancelotti’s team:

“In the Champions League results can depend on small details, like set pieces. It’s a pity, because we played well in Madrid [when they lost 1-0]. In Munich, we had good 15 minutes, then we conceded from a set-piece, this destroyed us. After the second goal it was really difficult,” he said.

“But Real Madrid never showed that they were better than us. They scored the goals, but almost only by set-pieces. In the Champions League, it can depend on that."

After being linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena in January, Dante penned a new three year contract in March and the centre-half is hoping to end his playing days with the German giants:

“I am happy at Bayern," Dante added.

"I'm in the first team, everything is great. My aim is to stay here as long as possible. If I could end my career in Munich, I would be the happiest man in the world. I never identified myself so strong with a team like I have at Bayern.

"If Bayern didn't want me, it would be a different case, but I will always be a fan of this club. This team, these fans and the city have given me a lot."

"If Bayern didn't want me, it would be a different case, but I will always be a fan of this club. This team, these fans and the city have given me a lot."

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