The France international has been in fine form for Bayern Munich of late, and his club team-mate believes that Lille will have a tough job containing him on WednesdayEXCLUSIVE
By Hocine Harzoune
Bayern Munich defender Dante has warned Lille that Franck Ribery will be too much for them to handle when the two sides clash in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Prior to his half-time withdrawal due to injury, the Frenchman terrorised his former club on matchday two, and he returned to the starting line-up for Sunday's 3-0 win over Hamburg.
And the Brazilian, who spent two years at LOSC between 2004 and 2006, is certain that his old club face a playmaker determined to haunt Rudi Garcia's side once again at the Allianz Arena.
"Ribery is a great player," he told Goal.com. "These matches against Lille are special for him and I hope that he can play again to help our team beat les Dogues.
"As for the Lille defence, I think that they respect Ribery's game and will try to interfere with it, but nobody can stop him when he is having a good day."
Lille stand on the brink of elimination from European football, and Dante believes that Rudi Garcia's side have suffered from bad luck on the big stage this season.
"Lille have a good team, but things are not going well for them this year. This happens in football. I hope for their sake that they don't start a good run against us in the Champions League!
"We need to win onn Wednesday to qualify for the knock-out stages and we are in a race of three to qualify along with BATE and Valencia.
"Lille played very well against us and a lot of the times the match was square. The game could have ended in their favour.
"But, fortunately for us, we were able to counter their attacks without letting them score. The next match is also difficult. Hopefully we'll win this time too."
Finally, Dante refused to rule out a return to Ligue 1, but emphasised that he was enjoying his stay at Bayern for the time being.
"Anything can happen in football, but I just arrived at Bayern and I intend to see out the last four years of my contract.
"Not many of my old team-mates are still at Lille, but I am looking forward to seeing Mathieu Debuchy."