São Paulo forward Osvaldo thanks Ney Franco for 'best phase of his career'
São Paulo forward Osvaldo has credited coach Ney Franco as the reason for his great recent form and is hoping to earn a call up to the Brazil national team this season.
Osvaldo, 25, had struggled for games under former coach Emerson Leão but has flourished since the arrival of Franco a year ago.
“With Leão I did not have many opportunities, right? Most times coming on in the second half and it's hard to show your football with 15, 20 minutes. With the arrival of Ney Franco, everything changed,” Osvaldo told Lancenet!
“Ney Franco is a guy I really admire and the way of being direct with us. I hope to be available for him because he's a guy that helped me a lot.”
But the forward, who started his career with Fortaleza, also heaped praise on São Paulo captain Rogerio Ceni for helping him when he was not getting games.
“I remember it like it was today. I had been out of the team and was working hard in the gym. He came to me and told me not to get discouraged, that football is very dynamic and I could get into the team.”
And this season Osvaldo hopes to surpass his achievements last year, when he scored 11 goals.
“Last year I tried a target of ten goals, as was the first year of adjustment. This year I search for a target of 20 goals (he already have two).
“I know it is difficult but we have to work with targets. I do not have a target for assists, but it is also my job, I am player who more assists than scoring.”