Marco Reus has described Borussia Dortmund team-mate Mario Gotze as an exceptional player after the young winger produced another scintillating performance against Ajax on Wednesday.
Gotze sparkled as a rampant Dortmund ran out 4-1 winners in Amsterdam and sealed their place in the knockout phase of the Champions League as group winners.
And Reus believes the string of memorable performances his team-mate has produced in the past couple of years marks him out as a special talent on the European stage.
"There is not much you need to say about Mario Gotze. He is an exceptional player," he stated in an interview with Bundesliga.com.
"He did not only demonstrate that in Amsterdam, but has been proving that over a long period of time. It is a lot of fun to play alongside him, but you have to praise the whole team."
But although he was happy to salute Gotze for his individual performance, Reus was not so keen to talk about his own efforts.
"When and how I score is something I don't think about. It is also not important. What is important is that we win as a team and put in a good performance, and that is what happened in Amsterdam," he added.
"It was a very difficult game, even if the result does not reflect that. We kept a really tight line in front of goal and let very little through. Up front we were incisive, though slightly fortunate to go in at half-time 3-0 up.
"Qualification hasn't really sunk in yet. But it is definitely something special to qualify for the Round of 16 by finishing top of a group that includes the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City and Ajax."
Dortmund resume Bundesliga action when they face Mainz on Saturday.