Fortuna Dusseldorf thanks to the Belgians on course for European ticket

At the end of november it was Fortuna Dusseldorf, still under in the Bundesliga, now has a man, who was wearing already agree on European football. What a turnaround, thanks to the Belgians.

Dodi Lukebakio and Benito Raman, who is here with Niko Giesselmann a goal to celebrate, accounted for the turnaround in Düsseldorf. © BELGAIMAGE

“If we fifteenth end, it will be a fantastic result, the predicted Feature trainer Friedhelm Funkel on the training camp in January. But after the spectacular uitzege at Schalke two weeks ago adorned the newcomer in the Bundesliga suddenly on the eleventh place.

Impressed especially the fast-paced ‘three musketeers’ as they were called: the Polish striker Dawid Kownacki (22), in January away from Sampdoria, where he was on the bank the line was, and the two Belgians.

Of Dodi Lukebakio, borrowed from Watford without a call option, you expect the clubleiding that he will be in England or Spain for him.

Benito Raman playing soccer since the summer of 2017 in Dusseldorf. Initially he was this season not in the base: he worked hard, but lacked coolness in front of goal. Now that is a little different. Raman dribbles, brings on and scored last week, his sixth goal this season.

Scoring and dribbling is also Lukebakio, since last week with eight goals and four assists, the most surefire Düsseldorf in the Bundesliga since Thomas Allofs (in 1990 eleven goals and two assists).

Much merit is the trainer, says the new sports director Lutz Pfannenstiel. ‘Wows me the way Funkel the dressing room in the hand and a sense of belonging it creates. He goes on a great way with players, with what you sympathetic authority may call.’

Funkel (65): ‘That is the most important, that it is in the dressing room then.’ He gives the example of Lukebakio: ‘In the beginning was not so good. Dodi had a strong self-confidence. That’s not good if you have a lot of players have that with the two feet on the ground. But he has quickly learned: that we the of the team spirit should have, because we have no stervoetballers in our ranks. Today we have a fantastic relationship, even though he is 21 and I 65. ‘

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