More than a year and a half ago, Théo Bongonda smooth Belgian football to his tent to strike at Celta de Vigo, tomorrow will be the opponent of Standard.
Standard is in a Europe Leaguepoule with Celta de Vigo, Panathinaikos and Ajax. An attractive group. How do Théo Bongonda, ex-Zulte Waregem the chances of his Celta against Standard? ‘I can’t objectively judge the strength of this Standard because from Spain it is difficult to make the matches of the Belgian league to follow,” says a nuanced Bongonda.
‘With Zulte Waregem and played I like against them. I actually had a soft spot for the Standard of three seasons ago with Batshuayi, Vainqueur, Kawashima, Bia and co. That team was almost unbeatable, and yet they won that season’s title. Now I look forward to the duels with my mate Edmilson.’
Replacement of Nolito
The Spanish top teams, last season finished on the sixth place finished in the Primera División, the Belgian flankaanvaller meanwhile risen to the basisspeler. Bongonda: “I found it normal that I last season, often sat on the bench for Nolito, he did finally, the team running. His transfer was so good news for me. When he left, said the coach Eduardo Berizzo there immediately: we are looking for no replacement because we have Bongonda al. With the eye on the busy programme in the league and in the Europa League, the trainer of defensive reinforcement.’
For now, everyone is satisfied with me. The trainer on the head. He spoke several times already, his confidence in me and shows it too: I played for example the whole match against Real Madrid. For now I’m so basisspeler but that means nothing for the remainder of the season. I need the expectations. But it may be the next few months only get better. After a year I am fully adapted to Spanish football.’
Read the full interview with Théo Bongonda in Sport/Voetbalmagazine of Wednesday 14 september.