Beware, vicious dogs!
Mark van Bommel (44) knows how to handle dogs. Rhodesian Ridgeback “Ibra” has been his loyal companion for years – named after world star and Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic (39).
Tonight Wolfsburg’s head coach wants to tame the mastiffs in the Champions League (9 p.m. / DAZN). This is how opponents LOSC Lille are called in France, and the dog is even part of the club’s coat of arms.
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Van Bommel’s first time in Lille will be a tough task. As a reminder, Lille is the reigning champion in France – not the star ensemble of Paris. Now the wolves come with their own stars.
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This is how van Bommel wants to crack Lille
With Tor-Nmecha! The U21 European champions are in strong form and last scored the leading goal in Fürth in the Bundesliga (2-0). The striker is already on the note from national coach Hansi Flick. More motivation is not possible.
With Baku anger! Speaking of flick. The former Bayern coach recently sent Ridle Baku (23) home prematurely from the national team. Of course, that didn’t go down well with the wing racer. Now the Mainz native wants to prove that he can keep up with the best internationally.
With super keeper! Koen Casteels has been delivering for years and has developed into one of the best goalkeepers in the Bundesliga. The Belgian only conceded one goal this season. Most recently van Bommel ennobled his national player: “For me Koen is shared number 1 in the Bundesliga.” So on the same level as Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (35). “The way he holds the balls is top level. If there is a chance to score, then he’s there. He’s a top goalkeeper. “
With defensive bulwark! Wolfsburg currently has the best defense ever in the Bundesliga. Just one goal. NOBODY received less.
With wout power! The Dutchman last only sat on the bench with the national team. He has scored regularly in Wolfsburg for years, most recently against Fürth (currently 2 goals this season). With the Champions League he can prove himself on the big stage.
With a big bobble! Four wins after four games. With that, Mark van Bommel grabbed the start record right away. No VfL coach has done better before him. Now the Dutchman wants to inject the winning gene into the wolves in the premier class.