Dodi Lukebakio (ex-Anderlecht and Charleroi) at Fortuna Düsseldorf one of the revelations in the Bundesliga this season. With Sports/Voetbalmagazine he spoke about the evolution that he was undergoing.
With an average of one goal to the 93 minutes was Dodi Lukebakio in 2018, the most efficient Belgian in Europe. The player itself surprised when we gave him that statistic to show: ‘Ah, okay! I am an attacker, so I love statistics, but this I do not know. I can only be satisfied, if you know that men like Dries Mertens, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku et cetera, and thirty in a season.
“That may be me just boosting. In the past I had the tendency to after a success to think that I was already there. But as I am now no more: I know that I am capable of and what I still need to learn.’
He refers to his turbulent doorbraakperiode at RSC Anderlecht, where he trained and a little too fast thought he had made. ‘It went fast: I’m starting to train with the first team of Anderlecht when I was seventeen was, and from one day to the other was said to me that I was in the clash.
“The first team is a different world than the youth. You should, at that moment, a lot of questions, that you need to do further work… And if you don’t do it, it becomes very difficult. But without bragging: I had the talent and that would not go away. I need to learn, is the mental aspect. Now I’m on the right track.’
“You have honest people need, that you are the truth, dare to say: if you have zero, you are zero, point. It is not the fault of others or of the coach. It is so that you hit, you have to be aware and making progress’, he explains what lessons he from that period learned.
Four alarm clocks
Another point was his punctuality, also picked up Lukebakio meanwhile: “That was part of me, that was a habit that hard to learn. But we can’t say that I’m not disciplined. In place of a label on me to stick it, I had to be helped. I was young, I could have no experience. It is also up to the club to have young players to protect. I know that I am not completely wrong in that story, but I took my responsibility, and learned of them. Now, I set four alarm clocks to make sure I at the right moment wake up am.’ (laughs)
Are time the gloire experienced Lukebakio at the end of last year, when he was against the great Bayern Munich as a hattrick managed. Asked to what that was with him did, the Congolese Belgian very cool: ‘Not much… Maybe that’s my problem. (laughs) of Course it did me good, and I was curious to me to compete with men in the Champions League come true, but it wasn’t that I me during the race against myself: wow, I made three goals in Bayern!’
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Read the full interview with Dodi Lukebakio in our +zone, or in Sport/Voetbalmagazine of Wednesday 20 February.