<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Benitez Wants Kenedy to Continue Form- Even If It Makes Newcastle Signing Less Likely]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91853_benitez_wants_kenedy_to_continue_form-_even_if_it_makes_newcastle_signing_less__likely.htmlNewcastle manager Rafa Benitez is keen for Chelsea loanee Kenedy to continue his recent form- even if it diminishes the club’s chances of signing him permanently.

Kenedy has been a revelation at St. James’ Park since joining on loan in January. The likes of Arsenal and Inter Milan have subsequently been linked.

Benitez acknowledges that the better the Brazilian plays, the less likely it is that Newcastle will be able to sign him permanently- but it’s a trade-off he’s willing to make.

“Yes, but if you say do you want him to score goals and the value will go up, then yes, I want him to score goals.

“That is it, football is like this. If you have a good player, the value goes higher. He has the level to play in a top team – but he is in a top side already!”

Kenedy has two goals and two assists in eight appearances and the Magpies’ boss has been delighted with the Fluminense product’s form.

“When he receives the ball, he is always comfortable. He is never scared. He can make mistakes and give the ball away, but normally he is doing well.

“To come here and play at the level he is playing, you can say it is a surprise. It is not a surprise because we were expecting a good player, but to do as well as he has in the past months.”

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<![CDATA[Neymar Insists He Will Be Fit for World Cup]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91852_neymar_insists_he_will_be_fit_for_world_cup.htmlBrazil forward Neymar says that there are no concerns about him missing the World Cup through injury. The PSG man is out for the remainder of the domestic season with a broken metatarsal.

Though he’ll not play for PSG again this season, Neymar says he will be in good shape and available once Brazil kick off their campaign against Switzerland on June 17 th in Russia.

“I can&#39;t predict exactly [when he will be back in training], it depends on how it [his recovery] goes. I&#39;ll have one last exam on May 17 if I&#39;m not mistaken. Then it depends on how I&#39;ll develop from there.

&quot;If I have to point a specific date, then it&#39;s May 17 I guess. I&#39;m always in touch with [Brazil coach] Tite and [Brazil&#39;s technical coordinator] Edu Gaspar. We&#39;re exchanging information and it&#39;s going well.

&quot;I&#39;ll have enough time to return for the World Cup and prepare beforehand. It&#39;s not good being injured, but I feel rested. We have to look at it from the positive angle. I hope I can get there even better than I was.

&quot;I have some doubts, of course – it&#39;s my first surgery, it&#39;s normal. I&#39;ll get in shape, work as hard as I can. I&#39;ll dedicate myself even more because the dream is closer, the World Cup. I waited four years for this opportunity and now it&#39;s closer.&quot;

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<![CDATA[Dirk Kuyt Praises ‘Special’ Firmino]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91840_dirk_kuyt_praises____special____firmino.htmlFormer Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt has praised his successor Roberto Firmino and his individual style. The Brazilian took his goalscoring tally to 25 for the season during Saturday’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth at Anfield.

It means Firmino is the first Brazilian to score 25 in an English season and Kuyt told Liverpool’s official website that the Reds number 9 is redefining the role, “He has his own style and that makes him special.

“That’s what I like in players. A typical goalscorer or different kind of striker, you see that a lot in Europe, but Firmino has his own style and he has his own speciality; he is scoring great goals but also feeding the players around him.

“He’s a great goalscorer but he’s also a team player in everything he does. I don’t know him quite well, but if I see him playing then he just wants to win with the team and he’s not the type of player who wants to score for himself. That, for me, is the biggest thing of Firmino.

“He’s scoring great goals but he’s also giving great assists and then you are, in my eyes, a complete player who is a great thing for Liverpool. I think he’s also a very hard worker, he’s selfless and working hard.

“I watch almost all the games and the games I see then he’s always giving his everything. Sometimes he’s not scoring goals or giving assists, but for one thing he is always giving his everything.”

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<![CDATA[Lucas Moura ‘On Same Level As Coutinho’ Says Former Coach]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91839_lucas_moura____on_same_level_as_coutinho____says_former_coach.htmlFormer Brazil U-20 coach Ney Franco says that Spurs winger Lucas Moura is on the same level as Philippe Coutinho, ability wise. 

The ex-Seleção youth coach worked with Moura at junior level with the national side and thinks Lucas has all the ingredients to shine in the Premier League.

Ney told Goal.com, “Lucas had two moments at PSG, the moment of adaptation and growth, and the moment when he not play too much,&quot; he said.

&quot;He has done well to leave PSG because he has enormous potential to shine in Europe. He is in the same level of players like Philippe Coutinho and Casemiro, he is very talented.

&quot;I think Lucas has the profile of the Premier League, he is a player of speed and intensity, who likes to face opponents in one against one.

“The characteristics of the Premier League match with him and I think he can go back to being the Lucas that we saw in Sao Paulo and at the youth teams of the Seleção.&quot;

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<![CDATA[Ederson Nominated for PFA Young Player of the Year Award]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91828_ederson_nominated_for_pfa_young_player_of_the_year_award.htmlManchester City goalkeeper Ederson has been nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

The Brazilian goalkeeper joined City from Benfica last summer and has been a revelation in the City goal.

Ederson has particularly impressed with his distribution, which is seen as a key part of the way Guardiola wants his team to play.

Ederson is the only goalkeeper nominated for the award, he joined Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane, Ryan Sessegnon and City teammates Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane on the shortlist.

The winner will be announced at the PFA Awards dinner on Sunday, 29 th April.

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<![CDATA[‘Liverpool Have Improved Without Coutinho’ Says Ex Liverpool Midfielder]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91827____liverpool_have_improved_without_coutinho____says_ex_liverpool_midfielder.htmlFormer Liverpool and Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince says that Liverpool have improved since they sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January.

The Reds are through to the semi-finals of the Champions League, while Barcelona tumbled out to Roma in the quarter-finals.

‘Pool are on fine form and former England midfielder Ince, who spent two years at Anfield, says the team have improved since Coutinho left for La Liga.

“When you look at Liverpool’s recent performances, they’re on another planet to the rest of the league in terms of balance and having the right mix in the team,” Ince told Paddy Power.

“The amazing thing is, that’s is all of the back of Philippe Coutinho leaving. Everyone thought that when he left that it would weaken Liverpool – but it’s actually strengthened them!

“That’s because they were probably too reliant on the Brazilian. Everything had to go through him. With him out of the picture, other people have stepped up and not just Mo Salah.

“Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all have showed they’re not in Coutinho’s shadow.

“It’s much more of a team effort now, rather than it being all about one player. Yes, Salah is the standout man and that’s obvious, but every one of them puts a shift in.”

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<![CDATA[‘Chelsea Have Leaders’ Insists Willian]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91802____chelsea_have_leaders____insists_willian.htmlChelsea winger Willian has rejected the charge that the club lacks leaders. The Blues have lost some big characters over the years, including the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard, Petr Cech and Branislav Ivanovic.

Chelsea look set to finish outside of the top 4, despite having won the league title last season. But the Brazilian does not think a lack of leadership explains their current woes, insisting that the squad has plenty of characters.

“I think we have this kind of player. Of course these guys were very special here – JT, Ivanovic, Lampard. But we have Gary Cahill. We have Azpilicueta. We have David Luiz. Players. Leaders. To become a leader like that isn’t in my profile,” he told The Mirror.

“I’m just quiet. I want to go onto the pitch — play. But I think we can win titles when you don’t have leaders but if you train, if you have a plan to go into a game. From the videos of other teams we can see the best way they can play.

“The mistakes they make. In this way we can do something different. ­Something special. For me, Chelsea will always be Chelsea,” he added. “It doesn’t matter where we are. The name is too big. Of course, the football has to improve.

“Chelsea always want to win titles and to see these teams in front of us is difficult. We want to be there. But Chelsea has won ­everything in the last 15 years. The club is one of the biggest in the world now.”

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<![CDATA[‘We Need To Give Our Answer On The Pitch’ Says Willian]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91801____we_need_to_give_our_answer_on_the_pitch____says_willian.htmlChelsea forward Willian says that his teammates should not talk too much and give their answer on the pitch, after a poor defence to their Premier League title which will almost certainly see the club finish outside of the top 4.

The Blues are 10 points adrift of 4 th place with only a few games remaining and face a second campaign outside of the competition in three seasons. Willian says the players need to respond on the pitch- and has identified the FA Cup as a glimmer of light.

Chelsea play Southampton in the semi-final in a fortnight and the Brazilian told The Mirror, “That’s why the pressure is coming – because Chelsea has to be top four, fighting for the title, fighting to do something special every season.

“This season I think we have one more chance to do something different to get a trophy. The FA Cup. I don’t like to switch on the TV and see someone saying, ‘Willian has played very bad’. This is hard. But the big players, they respond on the pitch. Not with words or something like that. In football you always have to give your answer on the pitch.”

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<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus Urges Teammates To Pick Themselves Up]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91793_gabriel_jesus_urges_teammates_to_pick_themselves_up.html 

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has urged his teammates not to be downhearted, after losing
three times in a week to Manchester United in the league and twice to Liverpool in the Champions
League.
City can seal the Premier League title if they defeat Spurs at Wembley on Saturday evening and the
Brazilian has told his teammates not to feel down about the events of the last week, which threaten
to overshadow an excellent season.
“It&#39;s difficult because the last three defeats, unfortunately, overshadow what we have been doing
during all season. We must keep our heads up because we weren&#39;t knocked out playing badly,” he
told Manchester Evening News.
“We were knocked out by a great team and a great club. Congratulate them again because they
deserved it. Nobody likes to lose, we are disappointed especially because it&#39;s a knockout
competition.
“This is football, these things happen, we congratulate Liverpool for going through. We have no
regrets and we don&#39;t have time to regret either, in football, you don&#39;t have time for that, as we have
another great game on Saturday.”

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has urged his teammates not to be downhearted, after losing three times in a week to Manchester United in the league and twice to Liverpool in the Champions League.

City can seal the Premier League title if they defeat Spurs at Wembley on Saturday evening and the Brazilian has told his teammates not to feel down about the events of the last week, which threaten to overshadow an excellent season.

“It&#39;s difficult because the last three defeats, unfortunately, overshadow what we have been doing during all season. We must keep our heads up because we weren&#39;t knocked out playing badly,” he told Manchester Evening News.

“We were knocked out by a great team and a great club. Congratulate them again because they deserved it. Nobody likes to lose, we are disappointed especially because it&#39;s a knockout competition.

“This is football, these things happen, we congratulate Liverpool for going through. We have no regrets and we don&#39;t have time to regret either, in football, you don&#39;t have time for that, as we have another great game on Saturday.”

 

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<![CDATA[‘Something Has To Change Next Season’ Warns Willian]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91792____something_has_to_change_next_season____warns_willian.htmlChelsea winger Willian says that the club will need to change their approach next season, after tumbling out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage with requalification next season almost impossible.

The Blues sit ten points off the top 4 and the Brazilian says that Chelsea need to analyse why their form has dropped off since sweeping to the Premier League title last season. “Yes. I think that hurt a little bit,” he said of Sunday’s draw with West Ham United at Stamford Bridge.

“It doesn’t matter the team, to lose isn’t good. I think ­something will have to change for next season. “If a team like Chelsea wants to reach the top four we can’t draw against West Ham at home. We can’t lose against Tottenham at home.

“Of course we still have the FA Cup to fight for [they have a semi-final against Southampton on April 22]. We still have six games to fight for. But we have to change something.” Chelsea play away at Southampton this Saturday.

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<![CDATA[The Beautiful Game, a Brazilian characteristic]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91781_the_beautiful_game__a_brazilian_characteristic.htmlThe true origin of football remains disputed, but the one thing that everyone can agree on is that Brazil perfected the game; well everyone except Argentina.

“The beautiful game” or “O jogo bonito” as it is commonly known in Portuguese, was widely popularized by football legend Pelé, when he guided Brazil to a whopping three FIFA World Cup triumphs.
The golden age of Brazilian football may be long gone, but the South American nation remains a haven for some of the most naturally gifted footballers on the planet.

A sizable number of these players advance into football management due the short lifespan that accompanies playing professional football at the highest level, thus leaving many who never played the game with little chance of ever making it into management.

However, Club Manager 2019 promises to offer an unmatched, in-game experience of exactly how it feels to manage your preferred football team.

Playing the game will, in the main, be a true reflection of your flamboyance and charisma as a manager, even as you look to attain the pinnacles of success with your side.

Club Manager 2019 has been designed with a comprehensible yet astute UI; one that will deliver a true pick up and play football managing experience.

In order to taste success however, you will have to ply your trade across a variety of Leagues, while showcasing flashes of your own managerial acumen through your tactics, formational preferences and general selection process.

Furthermore, you will also be bestowed with the responsibility of scouting for key transfer targets, while also managing the finances of your team, as you make the compelling journey to success in both the League and Cup competitions.
 
Through playing Club Manager 2019, you will be rewarded with bonuses that will play an integral role in cementing the legacy of your team- when put to good use.

You can, for instance, enhance the capacity of your stadium in order to increase the financial bonuses for every home game, refurbish the quality of your pitch so as to prevent your progress from being pegged back by player injuries that could have been avoided, and further upgrade your match manager to reduce the duration between each divisional game.
Playing division matches will help you put the pedal to the metal as you work your way up the Leagues, while exhibition matches will test your tactical grit and selection spark.

A central part of Club Manager 2019 is that you will be at liberty to collect fictional Brazilian players and managers, but what sets it head and shoulder above every other football manager game is the ability to not just train your players, but also create your own ultimate Brazilian samba football team that will come up with the goods.
 
Once released, the game will be available across all platforms, from PC (desktop or via browser game) to iOs and Android.
 
Club Manager 2019 will unequivocally be the best football manager game in the world. You can follow up on the official announcement of its release that is set to be made soon.

The true origin of football remains disputed, but the one thing that everyone can agree on is that Brazil perfected the game; well everyone except Argentina.


“The beautiful game” or “O jogo bonito” as it is commonly known in Portuguese, was widely popularized by football legend Pelé, when he guided Brazil to a whopping three FIFA World Cup triumphs.

The golden age of Brazilian football may be long gone, but the South American nation remains a haven for some of the most naturally gifted footballers on the planet.


A sizable number of these players advance into football management due the short lifespan that accompanies playing professional football at the highest level, thus leaving many who never played the game with little chance of ever making it into management.


However, Club Manager 2019 promises to offer an unmatched, in-game experience of exactly how it feels to manage your preferred football team.


Playing the game will, in the main, be a true reflection of your flamboyance and charisma as a manager, even as you look to attain the pinnacles of success with your side.


Club Manager 2019 has been designed with a comprehensible yet astute UI; one that will deliver a true pick up and play football managing experience.


In order to taste success however, you will have to ply your trade across a variety of Leagues, while showcasing flashes of your own managerial acumen through your tactics, formational preferences and general selection process.


Furthermore, you will also be bestowed with the responsibility of scouting for key transfer targets, while also managing the finances of your team, as you make the compelling journey to success in both the League and Cup competitions.

Through playing Club Manager 2019, you will be rewarded with bonuses that will play an integral role in cementing the legacy of your team- when put to good use.


You can, for instance, enhance the capacity of your stadium in order to increase the financial bonuses for every home game, refurbish the quality of your pitch so as to prevent your progress from being pegged back by player injuries that could have been avoided, and further upgrade your match manager to reduce the duration between each divisional game.

Playing division matches will help you put the pedal to the metal as you work your way up the Leagues, while exhibition matches will test your tactical grit and selection spark.


A central part of Club Manager 2019 is that you will be at liberty to collect fictional Brazilian players and managers, but what sets it head and shoulder above every other football manager game is the ability to not just train your players, but also create your own ultimate Brazilian samba football team that will come up with the goods.

Once released, the game will be available across all platforms, from PC (desktop or via browser game) to iOs and Android.

Club Manager 2019 will unequivocally be the best football manager game in the world. You can follow up on the official announcement of its release that is set to be made soon.

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<![CDATA[‘Why Would Alisson Want To Leave?’ Says Roma President]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91780____why_would_alisson_want_to_leave_____says_roma_president.html 

Roma president James Palotta can’t see any reason why goalkeeper Alisson would want to
leave the club. The Brazilian is being closely linked to Liverpool and Real Madrid after
impressing in Italy this season.
He has fought off competition from Ederson to keep hold of the Brazil number 1 jersey as
part of a Roma side that has advanced to the semi-finals of the Champions League. His
performances have drawn attention from Europe’s elite.
But Roma supremo Palotta cann’t see why the goalie would want to go, “Why would he want
to leave here? He has a contract and I love him. I didn’t want to sell him when people talked
about him leaving two years ago.
“I thought he was excellent then and he is showing how good he is now,” he told Football
Italia. Initially, Alisson was behind Wojciech Szczesny in the pecking order at Roma, until the
Pole joined Juventus in the summer.

Roma president James Palotta can’t see any reason why goalkeeper Alisson would want to leave the club. The Brazilian is being closely linked to Liverpool and Real Madrid after impressing in Italy this season.

He has fought off competition from Ederson to keep hold of the Brazil number 1 jersey as part of a Roma side that has advanced to the semi-finals of the Champions League. His performances have drawn attention from Europe’s elite.

But Roma supremo Palotta cann’t see why the goalie would want to go, “Why would he want to leave here? He has a contract and I love him. I didn’t want to sell him when people talked about him leaving two years ago.

“I thought he was excellent then and he is showing how good he is now,” he told Football Italia. Initially, Alisson was behind Wojciech Szczesny in the pecking order at Roma, until the Pole joined Juventus in the summer.

 

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<![CDATA[Coutinho Should Refuse Champions League Medal, Says Liverpool Legend]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91779_coutinho_should_refuse_champions_league_medal__says_liverpool_legend.htmlFormer Liverpool centre-back and one time assistant manager Phil Thompson says that Philippe Coutinho should turn down a Champions League winners medal if Liverpool go on to win the competition.

The Reds are in the semi-finals, while Barcelona were eliminated against Roma this week. UEFA have confirmed that Coutinho would be entitled to a winners medal should Liverpool win the trophy, as he played for them in the group stage.

But Kop legend Phil Thompson thinks Coutinho should turn it down if that scenario were to arise, “He left Liverpool to go to Barcelona knowing he wasn’t going to play Champions League football,” Thompson told Sky Sports.

“I got a medal in 1977 for Liverpool because I played up until the semi-finals. I don’t count that as a winners medal. I have that in my house in a cabinet but I say wherever I go I’ve only two European Cup winners medals.

“I’d like to think if there’s anything about Coutinho, if they do go on to win it, he says ‘no, I don’t deserve that’. And he wouldn’t. I don’t care, it’s wrong.”

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<![CDATA[‘World Cup Coming at Best Time for Me’ Beams Miranda]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91766____world_cup_coming_at_best_time_for_me____beams_miranda.htmlBrazil defender João Miranda says that the World Cup is coming at the best possible time for him. The 31 year old has been a mainstay of Tite’s side, who have only conceded 5 goals since September 2016.

The Inter Milan centre half missed out on the 2010 and 2014 World Cup squads, but he has made himself an integral part of Tite’s starting XI. “I think the World Cup is coming at the best possible moment for me,&quot; Miranda told FIFA&#39;s website.

“I felt I had a good chance of going to the last two World Cups, but I really feel like I&#39;m much better prepared this time around. There is a big difference.

“As a supporter and as someone who is very fond of tactics, I know that what counts above all is an organized system, with everyone following the same philosophy. Everyone plays a part.”

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<![CDATA[Huerelho Gomes Played Through the Pain Barrier at Tottenham]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91765_huerelho_gomes_played_through_the_pain_barrier_at_tottenham.htmlWatford goalkeeper Huerelho Gomes says he could not show his best form during his spell at Tottenham Hotspur due to injury. In an interview with the Offside Rule podcast, the Brazilian says a series of injuries affected his spell at the club.

Gomes joined Spurs from PSV Eindhoven in 2008, before joining The Hornets in 2014. “I remember my first six months was very difficult. I had a knock on my rib which meant I couldn’t dive to my right in training sessions.

“I would say I played 70% of games injured, because I wanted to show what I was capable of. Then Daniel Levy (Spurs chairman) came up to me at the end and said ‘please, we need you to play in the next game.’ So I was there again playing with an injury.”

Gomes eventually lost his place to Brad Friedel and the ex-Cruzeiro man says it was a tough period in his career, “It was a very tough time for me. It was the first time that I had ever been in that situation but I can say I learned a lot.

“Luka Modric said to me ‘what are you still doing here? You can’t be here for so long you are a great keeper.’ But I told him my time will come I don’t have to worry, I just have to work and work more.

“I was trying to ask myself why I wasn’t playing and maybe it’s because I didn’t deliver what they expected. I had a great time at Spurs and great memories but I was very upset at that time. I gave away so many opportunities too, I can’t just blame the manager.”

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<![CDATA[Danilo Urges City Fans to Get Behind Team for Liverpool Clash]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91752_danilo_urges_city_fans_to_get_behind_team_for_liverpool_clash.htmlManchester City full-back Danilo has urged Manchester City fans to forget the disappointment of Saturday’s derby defeat to Manchester United and get behind the team in Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Liverpool.

City trail 3-0 after a first leg onslaught at Anfield and will need to attack when Liverpool come to the Etihad and the Brazilian believes the home crowd has a big part to play in attempting to overturn that deficit.

“Well, without doubt the atmosphere, the feeling, is of sadness, of disappointment,&quot; Danilo said of the dressing room after Saturday’s derby defeat to United, where City blew a two goal half time lead to lose 3-2.

&quot;We started the game really well, but we must return to the pitch as soon as possible because on Tuesday we have another big challenge to overcome a result. Without any doubt [the City fans were great]. We need to thank them all.

“Not just for Saturday but all the season, but especially the atmosphere they created today was amazing. They helped us until the last minute and I am sure they could help us a lot against Liverpool if they are able to create that atmosphere again and try to help us to overcome the result.&quot;

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<![CDATA[‘Now Is The Time for Experience’ Says Fernandinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91751____now_is_the_time_for_experience____says_fernandinho.htmlManchester City midfielder Fernandinho has called on his side’s experienced players to step up as City seek to overturn a 3-0 deficit against Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final 2 nd leg at the Etihad.

The 32 year old admits that the team are reeling from recent defeats to Liverpool and Manchester United, but he insists that it is up to the more experienced members of the squad to help guide the team.

“Of course it was a tough week for us - two defeats in a row. But we have to focus on tomorrow night’s game and the only way to play good football is to have a strong mentality.

“Now is the time for the experienced players to take over, be in charge, stay in front of the group and to keep spirits high.

“We are so close to becoming champions and we want to go through in the #UCL. It won’t be easy but we want to fight for that.

“We&#39;ve played Liverpool three times. We beat them at home 5-0 and we play a good game that day. At Anfield in the Premier League, it was three goals in ten minutes, a nightmare for us.

“In the Champions League we conceded three goals. But any game has its own history. Tomorrow we must be together - the fans, the players, the staff. That’s my faith. We have to be together and fight until the end.”

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<![CDATA[Van Dijk Hails “Nightmare” Firmino]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91739_van_dijk_hails____nightmare____firmino.htmlLiverpool centre-half Virgil van Dijk says that the Reds’ improved defensive record is just as much down to striker Roberto Firmino as it is down to him. Van Dijk joined the club from Southampton in January.

Since his arrival, Liverpool’s defensive record has improved, but the Dutch centre half says Firmino’s work from the front is just as important as his own efforts in defence when it comes to the Reds’ improvement.

“I don’t take any personal credit for that. We all do it together. It starts from the front. If we do it from the front, then obviously we don’t need to be in trouble at the back. Having forwards like ours is just amazing.

“Not just attacking-wise, but also defensively. They do so much work. Look at Bobby Firmino. It is a nightmare to play against him. I can say that myself because I played against him at the ­beginning of the season.

“It starts from Bobby and the boys in attack. If the midfield do it as well, then you are not going to be in trouble ­– you may even have an easy night.”

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<![CDATA[Danilo Stung by Defeat To ‘Long Ball’ United]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91738_danilo_stung_by_defeat_to____long_ball____united.htmlManchester City full-back Danilo was stunned by his side’s second half capitulation against local rivals Manchester United in the second half on Saturday. City blew a two goal lead to lose 3-2 and delay the confirmation of their Premier League title for at least another week.

Danilo, who played in place of Kyle Walker, said, “They just used the long balls, they scored three goals and that all happened today. We played the same way we done all the season, we kept the same level of performance, but today it didn&#39;t work.

“I could tell you many, many reasons why we didn&#39;t win today. It could be missing chances but at the end of the day they scored three goals, we scored two and that&#39;s all that counts.

&quot;But we must be together. When we win, we win together and when we lose, we lose together. We need to keep going and keep our heads up.” City need to beat Tottenham at
Wembley next Saturday to confirm the title.

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<![CDATA[Fernandinho Urges Teammates for Last Title Push]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91724_fernandinho_urges_teammates_for_last_title_push.htmlManchester City midfielder Fernandinho has urged his teammates to finish the job in the Premier League title race on Saturday, with City needing to win the Manchester derby to confirm themselves as champions.

The Brazilian was part of the squad that won the title with the club in 2013-14 and he told his teammates to expect a fantastic feeling if they can get the job done against their city rivals at the Etihad.

Speaking about the 2014 title triumph, the 32-year old said, “I miss it because it was a long time ago. I&#39;ll be really happy for that, but especially I&#39;ll be happy for the players that are going to win it for the first time: Kyle Walker, [Raheem]Sterling, [John] Stones, Gabriel Jesus, Ederson, Danilo, etc.

&quot;They are going to have the feeling of winning the Premier League which is one of the best championships in the world.”

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<![CDATA[Brazil to Name World Cup Squad on May 14 th]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91723_brazil_to_name_world_cup_squad_on_may_14_th.htmlThe CBF have marked 14 th May as the date that Tite will confirm Brazil’s 23 man squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

FIFA’s deadline for the preliminary 35 man squad is 14 th May, but the Seleção will confirm their final list of 23 by June 4 th .

Brazil will continue their recent tradition of finalising their squad from the outset. The squad will meet on May 21 st at Comary Farm in Teresópolis until May 27 th.

Then the squad will travel to Tottenham’s training ground to prepare for warm up friendlies against Croatia at Anfield and Austria in Vienna.

The Seleção will then travel to their base in Sochi, where they will stay for the group stages of the competition.

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<![CDATA[Firmino Moved to Tears by Liverpool Atmosphere]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91705_firmino_moved_to_tears_by_liverpool_atmosphere.html 

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino says that the atmosphere generated by the Kop moved him
to tears, as the Reds took a commanding 3-0 first leg lead over Manchester City in their
Champions League quarter-final clash.
The Reds roared into a 3 goal lead inside the first half an hour, with Anfield at its most
cacophonous throughout. The Liverpool team bus was welcomed to the stadium with flares
and a bevy of noisy Liverpool fans.
“When we were on the bus, I was reading about how the reception was going to be. I must
say, it filled my eyes full of tears! It was very moving for me. It only gives us more strength to
fight on the field and win the games,” the player told ESPN Brasil.
Goals from Mohammed Salah, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Sadio Mané saw Liverpool win
the tie 3-0, with the second leg to be played at City next week. But Firmino warned that the
tie is not over yet.
“I think we played really well,’ Firmino continued. ‘We had a great game, we scored and kept
the clean sheet, which is important. ‘But as I said, we haven’t won the tie yet, we have to
keep focused.”

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino says that the atmosphere generated by the Kop moved him
to tears, as the Reds took a commanding 3-0 first leg lead over Manchester City in their Champions League quarter-final clash.

The Reds roared into a 3 goal lead inside the first half an hour, with Anfield at its most cacophonous throughout. The Liverpool team bus was welcomed to the stadium with flares and a bevy of noisy Liverpool fans.

“When we were on the bus, I was reading about how the reception was going to be. I must say, it filled my eyes full of tears! It was very moving for me. It only gives us more strength to fight on the field and win the games,” the player told ESPN Brasil.

Goals from Mohammed Salah, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Sadio Mané saw Liverpool win the tie 3-0, with the second leg to be played at City next week. But Firmino warned that the tie is not over yet.

“I think we played really well,’ Firmino continued. ‘We had a great game, we scored and kept the clean sheet, which is important. ‘But as I said, we haven’t won the tie yet, we have to keep focused.”

 

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<![CDATA[Renato Augusto Braced for Brazil Battle]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91704_renato_augusto_braced_for_brazil_battle.htmlBrazil midfielder Renato Augusto says he is ready to fight his way back into Tite’s starting XI. The player did not feature in the March friendlies against Russia and Germany, with Coutinho and then Fernandinho preferred to him.

Renato plays for Beijing Guoan in China, whose league season has only just started, so Tite took the opportunity to experiment with other options during wins over Russia and Germany. But the ex-Leverkusen midfielder is ready to fight for his place.

“I know my importance within the group, so the important thing is to be physically fit, to keep training well, and to play well if Tite needs to be ready to help the team,” Renato told Brasil Global Tour.

&quot;I have to work for that, to be in the squad for the World Cup and then turn up and fight for a place for a place in the team. We have players of great quality, some really great names, but I will always fight for my space.&quot;

Tite will name his final World Cup squad in late May, after which the Seleção will play friendlies against Croatia and Austria in early June.

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<![CDATA[Guardiola Has ‘No Reason To Doubt’ Gabriel Jesus for Liverpool Clash]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91692_guardiola_has____no_reason_to_doubt____gabriel_jesus_for_liverpool_clash.htmlManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he has no reason to doubt Gabriel Jesus, despite his tender years as City prepare for a Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday night.

The 21-year old will lead the line with Sergio Aguero injured, but the City boss has no doubts over Jesus’ big game aptitude, despite having never played in a Champions League knockout fixture before.

“Physically, today (Tuesday, 3) is his birthday, he turned 21 only, so he&#39;s not tired,” Guardiola joked. Gabriel Jesus has never played the Champions League quarter-finals in his life and is here. Why should I doubt him if he played well in other times in the season?

“And if he does not play well, it will be a learning curve for the future.” City travel to Liverpool on Wednesday evening, with the second leg at the Etihad Arena next Tuesday to decide who goes through to the semi-finals.

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<![CDATA[Guardiola Thankful for ‘Gift’ Fernandinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91691_guardiola_thankful_for____gift____fernandinho.htmlManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has heaped praise on midfielder Fernandinho ahead of tonight’s Champions League quarter-final 1 st . leg against Liverpool at Anfield.

Fernandinho joined the club in 2013 from Shakhtar Donetsk and the Spanish boss says he is delighted to have inherited the Brazilian.

Guardiola said, “Everything we have done so far we couldn’t have done it without him. No way. It wouldn’t have been possible on and off the pitch.

“He is a real captain, he always shows up, never hides. Normally, he plays well. He’s a gift for me to have him here at City.

“One of the big memories when I am not manager here at Manchester City will be the pleasure to have been his manager. I am so happy to have him here.”

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<![CDATA[Can Neymar emulate Ronaldo’s 2002 World Cup prowess?]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91680_can_neymar_emulate_ronaldo___s_2002_world_cup_prowess_.htmlEver since the beginning of his professional career, Neymar has seen himself routinely compared to one of his biggest football idols, Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima - otherwise known as the “Original Ronaldo”, the “Real Ronaldo”, or R9. With both Brazilian having played for Barcelona, boasting superb technical abilities, extreme hunger for goal and even their preference for some pretty eccentric haircuts, it’s an easy comparison to make.

Not only that, but both players even share several of the same hobbies outside, including dancing, dating models, and playing games of chance. Both players are ambassador for a well-known poker brand and have played casino tournaments all over the word as well as in an online setting.

While both players have acknowledged the comparisons between them - on and outside the field, they have opted to move away from them, making it clear that while Ronaldo was a clear inspiration for Neymar, the latter has his own particular style, history and skill set that sets him apart and make him a completely different kind of threat to his opponents.

Nevertheless, the comparisons between the two have continued to pile up throughout the years - including some of turns of fate throughout their career that have an almost eerie sense of serendipity. But what really continues to drive this comparison forward with pundits and fans alike is their desire to see Neymar inherit Ronaldo’s mantle and turn in a dazzling World Cup performance that can see him take Brazil all the way to lifting their 6th World Cup trophy in Russia, just like Ronaldo did in 2002 - the last time the Seleção lifted football’s most coveted trophy.

Ronaldo’s long way to World Cup glory

After the referee blew the whistle at the end of the 1998 World Cup final, Ronaldo cut a very dejected figure. The entire match he looked absolutely lost in daze, a shadow of a ghost of his usual self, and the 0-3 scoreline that gave France their first World Cup ever reflected that.

Later on, the truth would come out about Ronaldo’s health the fateful night before the France final, when Ronaldo suffered from convulsions in an unexplained fit which caused him to be taken off the lineup. Only after getting positive medical tests and convincing coach Mario Zagallo did he end up starting in the game, in what many hail as the worst performance of his career.

Four years later, it did not seem like it would be Ronaldo’s year either. After rupturing the ligaments in his right knee in 1999, Ronaldo was forced to have a surgery. After months of recovery, he made his comeback in 2000, only for his knee to once again give in 7 minutes into his first match. Additional surgery and recovery kept him out of the fields for almost the entire 2000-01 season, as well as having to sit out Brazil’s entire CONCACAF qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup. It was doubtful that he would be able to feature in the world’s biggest sporting event at all.

However, thanks to intensive rehabilitation and the help of a hugely talented team of doctors and trainers, he managed to recover on time - to the great chagrin of all his opponents. To put it mildly, Ronaldo was absolutely majestic during the entire cup. He managed to score against China, Costa Rica and Belgium in the group stage, and later against Belgium and Turkey in the semifinals.

When the final came along, the world’s eyes were on Ronaldo. However, instead of the forlorn performance he put in 4 years ago, Ronaldo was on blistering form and put 2 goals past the legendary German keeper Oliver Kahn to help Brazil lift the cup. His comeback has been named one of the most remarkable ones of all time, and his 8 goals in the World Cup earned him the year’s Ballon d'Or.

Neymar looks for Brazilian redemption

Neymar’s World Cup story coming into Russia 2018 may not be exactly the same as Ronaldo’s, but it is also filled with difficulties and huge disappointment.

Four years ago, Brazil was ripe with excitement as they were to host the third World Cup in their history. Boasting a team full of stars leadered by Neymar, one of the world’s most promising players, there was great expectation for Brazil to lift their sixth cup after a 12-year drought.

While things started off well for Brazil and Neymar, with the latter recording 4 goals and 1 assist in 5 matches. However, it was during the quarter-final win against Colombia that things took a turn for the worse, as Neymar saw his World Cup dream end early thanks to an injury resulting from a knee in the back from Colombian Juan Zuniga.

Brazil’s next match is perhaps the most infamous World Cup match of all time, as they were absolutely brutalized at home by the eventual world champions Germany, with a scandalous scoreline of 7-1. Neymar, meanwhile, had to watch impotently from the stands as his team suffered the worst defeat in their storied history, one that will not soon be forgotten.

Four years later, Brazil has managed to turn the page from the Mineirãzo. Not only have they assembled on of their most talented teams since 2002, but they managed to finish 10 points clear in the CONMEBOL qualifiers. Recently, they even managed to inflict on Germany their first defeat in 22 games in a friendly match and are touted by many as one of the biggest contenders for the cup.

As is expected, Neymar - now captaining the Seleção - has been a pivotal part of Brazil’s recent success. It was therefore a huge blow when the most expensive player in history suffered an injury in February while playing for PSG that would keep him away for the rest of the season and would put him in doubt for the start of the World Cup.

While recent reports are optimistic about the timeline of his recovery, his injury has certainly presented him with a setback. Or, if Ronaldo’s situation has taught him anything, the perfect comeback opportunity.

Ronaldo, one of Neymar’s biggest supporters, has had plenty to say of his successor: 'Neymar getting injured is a big problem for us but I think he will recover soon and he'll be fit for the World Cup. Many people compare his story with mine before the World Championship in 2002, but of course it’s not the same.’

‘My advice for him is to concentrate only on his well-being and to try to protect himself from the pressure as much as possible. I’m sure his recovery will be much faster than mine was, and I believe he will be there in the World Cup’.

The Brazilian people can only hope Ronaldo and Neymar’s story is more similar than Ronaldo believes.

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<![CDATA[Benitez Praises ‘Not Scared’ Kenedy]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91679_benitez_praises____not_scared____kenedy.htmlNewcastle boss Rafa Benitez had special praise for Robert Kenedy, as the Brazilian teed up Ayoze Perez for the Magpies’ match winner against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Kenedy’s unselfish cut back allowed the Spaniard to fire home a precious winner for Newcastle, who move six points clear of the relegation zone as a result.

Benitez says that Kenedy’s lack of fear on the ball is a big reason for the positive contribution he has made since joining on loan from Chelsea in January.

“With him, when he has the ball, we know he is a Brazilian player who likes to play. He’s not scared on the ball, and that’s a big difference,” he told the Newcastle Chronicle.

“Sometimes, you are in a rush or under pressure or the excitement doesn’t allow you to think clearly, but with him, you know you have that.

“He has scored goals, given assists and the composure for the pass, that was the key.” Both the player and club are reported to be keen to make his loan move permanent in the summer.

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<![CDATA[Ian Rush Praise for ‘Rare’ Firmino]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91678_ian_rush_praise_for____rare____firmino.htmlLiverpool legend Ian Rush reserved praise for the ‘rare’ talents of Roberto Firmino and believes the Brazilian is the player that the Reds rely on most.

Mohammed Salah has struck 37 goals so far this season from the wing, but Liverpool’s record goalscorer and legendary number 9 thinks the current number 9 is the glue that holds the attack together.

“Everyone knows how amazing Mohamed Salah is but if you&#39;re looking at one player Liverpool rely on it&#39;s Bobby Firmino,&quot; Rush told Sky Sports News.

“With his closing down he reminds me a little bit of myself. Not only does he work hard for the team, he&#39;s also very skilful - he does everything.

&quot;He may not be regularly getting 30 goals a season but he makes the opposition make mistakes. He is a rare breed of a Brazilian and I think his talents suit the Premier League down to a T.

&quot;He is tireless, every manager would love a player like that in his team. We are very, very lucky that we have him in our side.”

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<![CDATA[‘I’ve Been Waiting For This Game’ Says Lucas Moura Ahead of Chelsea Clash]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91658____i___ve_been_waiting_for_this_game____says_lucas_moura_ahead_of_chelsea_clash.htmlSpurs winger Lucas Moura is relishing Tottenham’s clash with Chelsea on Sunday and says this is a game he has been waiting for since arriving from Paris Saint Germain in the January transfer window.

The Brazilian cannot wait for the clash at Stamford Bridge, “It’s true, it’s a big game and I can’t wait for it,” said the 25-year- old. “I’m excited to be around, to hopefully be involved and I believe firmly that we can win.

“This year we are very good – we’ve had great games against Manchester United, Arsenal and even against Juventus over the two matches, so I’m sure we can produce a great game against Chelsea also because I think we are very, very talented.

“I’ve been waiting for this kind of match. The Premier League is the best league in the world and I’m happy to be here and to hopefully be involved in a London derby like this. It’s a big, big match, I’m excited for it and this week we will all prepare very well for it.”

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<![CDATA[‘I’m Still A Chelsea Fan’ Says Juliano Belletti]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91657____i___m_still_a_chelsea_fan____says_juliano_belletti.htmlFormer Barcelona and Chelsea full-back Juliano Belletti insists that he still a fan of Chelsea, having spent 3 years at Chelsea, winning two FA Cups and a Premier League title during his time at Stamford Bridge.

The Brazilian is now a respected pundit on Brazilian station SporTV, but he told the official Chelsea website that he still has great affection for Chelsea. “When I was here we won the Premier League, here at home and had some good Champions League matches.

“I had the respect of the supporters with me and my family. It was an honour for me to play here and with the amazing team-mates I had. They had a lot of quality as people, and as players. I’m a Chelsea supporter, I really like this club.”

Chelsea play Spurs on Sunday at Stamford Bridge and Belletti recalls scoring for the Blues against Tottenham, “In the all years since, the Chelsea supporters remember that goal. It’s good to have a moment when I made the Chelsea supporters so happy with one goal, and the intensity of my play.”

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