Naldo: The head coach lives every moment on the touchline

Saturday’s match against VfL Wolfsburg will be a special one for Naldo. Between 2012 and 2016, he represented the weekend’s opposition on 125 occasions in the Bundesliga, scoring 16 goals. He also won the DFB-Pokal in 2015 while there.

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“I enjoyed myself there,” said a reminiscent Naldo. “So, I always keep track of what’s going on there and stay in contact with my former teammates.” At the moment, things aren’t looking great for Naldo’s former club. Wolfsburg lie in fifteenth place in the table and are only above 1. FSV Mainz 05 on goal difference who are currently facing the drop.

“Despite their recent results, I’m sure they’ll turn their season around,” believes Naldo. “After the weekend’s game, I’d be happy if they won every game!” Schalke’s biggest mistake would be underestimating the Wolves based on their league standing, warns Naldo. “The quality of their squad doesn’t calibrate with their position in the table. Wolfsburg have lots of good players within their ranks who are able to win a game on their own.”

The whole team has contributed to our defensive success.

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Naldo believes that the team’s self-confidence could give them the upper hand at the weekend. “We’ve won four games in a row and are heading to Wolfsburg with our heads held high,” he said. The opposition have only won one of their last twelve games in the Bundesliga.

A big bonus from the Royal Blues’ most recent win was their solid defensive display. “We’ve only conceded one goal in our last four games and that’s not only down to the defenders and Ralle,” said the 35-year-old. “The whole team contributes to that. We’re a compact side who make it tough for our opposition to come through.”

Another reason for the recent run of form is down to head coach Domenico Tedesco in Naldo’s eyes. “The head coach lives every moment on the touchline. His dynamism spreads onto the pitch,” reported Naldo. “He’s very intelligent and know what and how to step in. He’s doing a great job and has done us the whole of good.”

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