<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Willian Bullish Ahead of United Test]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91283_willian_bullish_ahead_of_united_test.html 

Chelsea forward Willian is bullish about the Blues’ prospects as they travel to Old Trafford to
take on Manchester United on Sunday.
The Brazilian scored in the Blues’ 1-1 draw with Barcelona at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday
and Willian insists the team can take confidence from their display.
“We have confidence,&quot; the former Shakhtar Donetsk man said. &quot;We can go there and do a
great job again against Manchester United.
&quot;I think it&#39;s going to be a different game from this one here [against Barcelona] but I think we
can go there and win this game.&quot;
Willian will come face to face with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, the man who signed him
for Chelsea and has since tried to lure the player to Manchester United.

Chelsea forward Willian is bullish about the Blues’ prospects as they travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United on Sunday. 
  
The Brazilian scored in the Blues’ 1-1 draw with Barcelona at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday and Willian insists the team can take confidence from their display. 
  
We have confidence,&quot; the former Shakhtar Donetsk man said. &quot;We can go there and do a great job again against Manchester United. 
  
&quot;I think it&#39;s going to be a different game from this one here [against Barcelona] but I think we can go there and win this game.&quot; 
  
WillianShakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred is hoping his recent recall to the Brazilian national team is a portent of things to come, with the Manchester City target aiming to make the Seleção’s World Cup squad. 
 
Fred was recalled into Tite’s last squad in November, “I was delighted to be called back into the Brazil squad. I think it was one of the most exciting moments of my life, just because of everything I had been through and it feeling like I had been given a second chance,” he told Goal.com 
 
“It was a sign that I was back and had recovered http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2018-02/home/Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:52:16 +0000<![CDATA[Firmino Speaks Out on Race Row]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91272_firmino_speaks_out_on_race_row.htmlRoberto Firmino has spoken of his relief after the FA confirmed he will face no further action, following an accusation that he uttered a racial slur at Everton defender Mason Holgate. The FA did not find sufficient evidence to substantiate the claim. 
 
Firmino said, “As difficult as it has been to remain publicly silent, given the serious and damaging nature of what it was claimed I said during the game, I did so to demonstrate my respect for the process and to allow the issue to be investigated in the most thorough way. 
 
“It is critical for football that Willian says Tuesday night’s testing 1-1 draw with Barcelona stands Chelsea in good stead for upcoming league games in Manchester against both United and City. The Blues now face consecutive away tests in Manchester. 
 
The wingerwho scored against Barcelona and twice against Hull City on Friday night, told ESPN, “I almost had three against Barcelona and almost three against Hull City. I&#39;m always ready to score goals. I just have to continue to do my job on the pitch. 
 
&quot;It is totally different to play in the Premier League [compared] to the Champions League. I think we can stay at this level and we can go to Old TraffordTottenham winger Lucas Moura sees no reason why his team cannot go all the way in this season’s Champions League. The Brazilian scored his first Spurs goal on Sunday in a 2-2 draw with Rochdale in the FA Cup. 
 
Spurs earned a creditable 2-2 draw in Turin last week in their Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg and Moura, who joined the club from Paris Saint Germain in Januarythinks his side can go all the way. 
 
“I am 25 years old but I think I gained a lot of experience with PSG and I think I can help Tottenham. I think we have a lot of quality and a great structure and can arrive at the end of the season with a trophy. 
 
“The Champions League is the Chelsea winger Willian says that his performance against Barcelona on Tuesday night was one the best of his career. The Brazilian cracked both posts in the first half with shots from distancebefore opening the scoring in the second half. 
 
Willian won many plaudits for his display and was voted Man of the Match. He told Sky Sports that it was one of his best performances in a Chelsea shirt. “It&#39;s one of my best performances here. I almost had a hat-trick! 
 
Chelsea were pegged back when Barcelona’s Lionel Messi equalised later on, “
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<![CDATA[VAR in Brazilian Football: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91259_var_in_brazilian_football__the_good__the_bad_and_the_ugly.htmlFor most football fans, the introduction of VAR (Video Assistant Referee) is a sign of modern times. Supporters and football federations have been calling for some form of technology since officials failed to award Frank Lampard’s “goal” at the 2010 World Cup. England, losing 2-1 to Germany at the time, were denied an opportunity back into the contest after a clear error of judgment from the referee and his assistants on the pitch. Had the appropriate VAR system been put into place ahead of the competition, the outcome of that contest may have been different. We cannot dwell too much on the past but situations like that must surely support a worldwide inclusion of video technology in soccer?

But Brazilian supporters think otherwise. The beautiful game of football, played for decades on the white sandy beaches in Rio de Janeiro, is changing – technology is becoming central to post-match discussions rather than admiration of pure footballing skill and talent. Earlier this month, Brazilian clubs opted to vote against the introduction of VAR in the first division, a somewhat surprising outcome according to local media. It was fairly close in the end; 12-7 in favour of no technology, with money being a key reason for the negative vote. Most clubs were annoyed that they, rather than the Brazilian Football Association, would have to foot the bill. And, at an estimated cost of £11,000 per match, you can understand why some clubs would be keen to oppose VAR’s introduction. Even with the technology, there is no guarantee that the system will get every decision spot on. There is still plenty of room for debate, as seen below after Kelechi Iheanacho scored the first ever goal in English football to be decided by VAR.

With all due respect, Brazilian’s domestic division is not of the same standard as one of the top European leagues. The Royal Spanish Football Federation have confirmed that VAR will be implemented in Spain’s top flight ahead of the 2018-19 campaign and the technology is already in use in both Germany’s Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A. The Premier League, once regarded as the cream of the crop for domestic soccer, is lagging behind though and VAR has already caused plenty of controversy in English football. It has been used on a trial basis in the cup competitions and supporters are still coming to terms with the system and how the referee on the pitch is given the information. There is certainly some confusion with the current format in England and many English fans have reservations over VAR’s introduction.

Will it ruin the pace of the game? After all, this isn’t tennis or rugby union. Hawkeye is now an integral part of most major tennis tournaments and it is easy to see why. It works like an absolute dream; a player is given three challenges at the start of a match and can refer the umpire to Hawkeye if he believes an incorrect call has been made. Get the decision right and the player gets to keep that challenge but an incorrect dispute leads to the loss of said challenge. Tennis is a much simpler sport than football though; the ball is either in or out. With football, managing certain decisions can be very difficult indeed for the referee. And, with that in mind, there is a solid basis to argue for VAR.

Technology is already at the heart of football, whether we like it or not. Goal-line technology has been a huge success that is now widely available in most major competitions, and so it should be. In addition, the impact and influence of  mobile devices and tablets on streaming live football has helped to enhance the image of the sport, particularly with betting companies - many of whom advertise their products before, during and after major events. Most of these betting companies now allow punters the chance to bet during matches and in-play wagering, in particular, is huge in South American football. Soon enough, bettors may have the chance to stake on whether VAR will be required in a particular game – that is how important the technology could be. Based on its impact on European football, it is only a matter of time before VAR comes into play. If the technology is there, it should be enforced. The Brazilian Football Association could come to an agreement with the domestic clubs in order to ensure that a deal for the right video system is made. For the time being at least, £11,000 per game is just too high of a figure for most Brazilian clubs.

For those who are still very much unsure of what VAR is and how it is used, the technology will be in place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup this summer. Brazil, well fancied to challenge for the Jules Rimet Trophy, will be quietly confident ahead of the tournament and most, if not all, are already up to speed with VAR. For supporters, it could go one of two ways. VAR can be confusing but, if FIFA follow the Bundesliga’s example, it shouldn’t be an issue. There was a slightly confusing VAR-related scenario in Serie A earlier this month, as it took three minutes for the officials to get a penalty decision against Juventus correct – much to the dismay of the Fiorentina players.

Is three minutes really that long though? Well, it does majorly disrupt the game and that could lead to an abnormal amount of stoppage time. One way around this issue would be for the officials to stop the clock whenever the VAR technology is required and then restart the timer once the match resumes. Taking the pressure off the officials and using more accurate technology should be enforced in all aspects of the sport – not just for offside decisions and debatable penalty kicks. Football needs to move with the times and the BFA must be willing to work closely with the Brazilian clubs in order to enforce such a change in dynamics. You aren’t immediately going to win everybody over on this issue though; it will take time.

Older football fans will be fed up with the VAR debate but it is an exciting new era for younger viewers. The good? VAR is enabling referees to get more decisions right and that can only be positive for the sport. According to a Sportskeeda article, the VAR success rate in Serie A has been at an outstanding level. In 309 cases, 288 decisions have been made correctly, and that figure will surely improve even further as officials get to grips with the system. People have doubts about VAR’s implementation and how/when it should be enforced – and that is a huge problem. In Brazilian football, finance is key. Striking a deal between the BFA and clubs is an absolute must and, from there, we could see VAR feature prominently in the not-so-distant future.

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<![CDATA[Wilian Admits Real Madrid and Barcelona Dream]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91245_wilian_admits_real_madrid_and_barcelona_dream.htmlChelsea winger Willian has confessed that he, and all other playersharbour the dream of playing for either Real Madrid or Barcelona one day. 
 
The Brazilian said he was happy at Chelsea, but that no player could resist the lure of playing for one of Spain’s big two. 
 
Willian was speaking before the Barcelona game at Stamford Bridge, in which he scored in a 1-1 draw with the Catalan giants. 
 
Speaking with YouTube channel Resenha DelesWillian said, “I think they are the two biggest clubs in the world, Real Madrid and Barcelona. 
 
They are the clubs with Tottenham winger Lucas Moura says that he is delighted with his move to Tottenham. The Brazilian joined from Paris Saint Germain in January after seeing his first team opportunities limited in France this season 
 
The 25-year old only made 6 appearances before joining the London team this winter. Lucas is off the mark in a Spurs shirt tooscoring on his full debut against Rochdale in the FA Cup on Sunday. 
 
Moura told the Guardian newspaper of his new found happiness in the Premier League, “It’s difficult to explainI’m so happy. Since August I have not started a gameWatford forward Richarlison says he has been able to settle into life in England quickly thanks to his agentHuerelho Gomes and Chelsea stars David Luiz and WillianHowever, the Brazilian admits that the weather remains a sore spot! 
 
“The only challenge is the weather,&quotRicharlison told Sky Sports. &quot;We Brazilians are used to really warm weather and a lot of sunso it is tough being in temperatures of minus one, but everything is going very wellGradually I&#39;m getting used to the cold. 
 
“Life is great here. I have my

Watford striker Richarlison insists he is enjoying life under new coach Javier Gracia. The Brazilian expressed his anger when Marco Silva was sacked last month, but he says that life is good under his replacement Gracia. 
 
Silva was a key influence in Richarlison joining the club and turning down Ajax during the summerBut the 20-year old says that he is enjoying working under Spaniard Gracia, “It has been really good so far,” he told Sky Sports. 
 
“He explained to us how he likes his team to play and we listenedEverybody likes him and everybody is excited to play for Chelsea winger Willian cheerfully rued a late miss which denied him his first hat trick in England, as the Blues saw off Hull City 4-0 at Stamford Bridge on Friday night in the FA Cup 5 th Round. 
 
The Brazilian had earlier scored twicebefore hitting the post with a late shot which just denied him a third, “It was almost there, I tried to score one more goal but the most important thing was the win,” Willian told Chelsea’s official club website. 
 
“I was unlucky but I hope there are more goals to come in the next match. Football is all about resultswhen you win Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde says that he opted not to start Philippe Coutinho in Barcelona’s win over Eibar this weekend for the good of the team. 
 
Coutinho is ineligible for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Chelsea, but Valverde still decided to keep the ex-Liverpool man on the bench. 
 
Explaining his decision to drop CoutinhoValverde told reporters: &quot;I think it was best for my team to try to win. 
 
&quot;Last week Coutinho startedIniesta didn&#39;t, so this week Iniesta started. It&#39;s true that on Tuesday we haveManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has revealed that Ronaldo has been a source of inspiration and

advice for him as he recovers from a knee injury. Jesus damaged his medial ligament back in
December.
Ronaldo suffered multiple knee injuries during his career and Jesus has revealed that Ronaldo has
been on hand for him as he continues his recuperation, “Besides being a fan of him as a player, I had
the pleasure of getting to know the person he is, which made me admire him even more.
“He&#39;s conquered everything but is still humble -- and great company. I&#39;m proud to be able to have
his help and advice,” he told UOL Esporte. Jesus says he is close to a full recovery and faces a race to
be fit for next week’s Carabao Cup Final against Arsenal.
“I&#39;m getting better every day and recovering, but I must recover well -- not too fast,&quot; Jesus said. &quot;The
knee is very complicated, even more so as I&#39;ve never had an injury there. I need to take good care of
myself so that I can get back better than I was.&quot;
The player admitted that he feared he might miss the World Cup in the immediate aftermath of the
injury, “That moment was complicated because I had thoughts about the national team, about the
rest of the season -- I thought of everything,&quot; he said.
&quot;I&#39;m hitting the ball a little bit now -- I missed that a lot -- but I&#39;m still a little scared. In a week, I&#39;ll
spend more days hitting the ball and, in a short time, I&#39;ll train with the team again.”

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has revealed that Ronaldo has been a source of inspiration andadvice for him as he recovers from a knee injury. Jesus damaged his medial ligament back inDecember.

Ronaldo suffered multiple knee injuries during his career and Jesus has revealed that Ronaldo hasbeen on hand for him as he continues his recuperation, “Besides being a fan of him as a player, I hadthe pleasure of getting to know the person he is, which made me admire him even more.

“He&#39;s conquered everything but is still humble -- and great company. I&#39;m proud to be able to havehis help and advice,” he told UOL Esporte. Jesus says he is close to a full recovery and faces a race tobe fit for next week’s Carabao Cup Final against Arsenal.
“I&#39;m getting better every day and recovering, but I must recover well -- not too fast,&quot; Jesus said. &quot;Theknee is very complicated, even more so as I&#39;ve never had an injury there. I need to take good care ofmyself so that I can get back better than I was.&quot;

The player admitted that he feared he might miss the World Cup in the immediate aftermath of theinjury, “That moment was complicated because I had thoughts about the national team, about therest of the season -- I thought of everything,&quot; he said.

&quot;I&#39;m hitting the ball a little bit now -- I missed that a lot -- but I&#39;m still a little scared. In a week, I&#39;llspend more days hitting the ball and, in a short time, I&#39;ll train with the team again.”

 

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<![CDATA[Richarlison ‘Completely Focused’ On Watford]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91185_richarlison____completely_focused____on_watford.html 

Watford forward Richarlison says that he is not thinking of transfer speculation linking him to
the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea and that he is ‘completely focused’ on playing for Watford.
The 20 year old joined from Fluminense in August and enjoyed a flying start to the season,
which has recently tailed off a little.
The Brazilian told the Evening Standard newspaper that he is not preoccupied with his
future, “I never think about my future, I leave it all to my agents,” he said.
“My head is completely focused on Watford at the moment. I don’t think of anything more, I
want to help the tam to finish as high as possible in the Premier League.
“This is my objective and my focus, nothing more.” Richarlison says that he wants to stay in
the Premier League for many more years yet.
“I want to play in this country for as long as possible,” he said, “It’s a big championship and it
has been a great experience for me.
“I want to evolve as a player and playing in England will help me to do this,” concluded the
ex Fluminense man.

Watford forward Richarlison says that he is not thinking of transfer speculation linking him tothe likes of Arsenal and Chelsea and that he is ‘completely focused’ on playing for Watford.
The 20 year old joined from Fluminense in August and enjoyed a flying start to the season,which has recently tailed off a little.

The Brazilian told the Evening Standard newspaper that he is not preoccupied with hisfuture, “I never think about my future, I leave it all to my agents,” he said.

“My head is completely focused on Watford at the moment. I don’t think of anything more, Iwant to help the tam to finish as high as possible in the Premier League.
“This is my objective and my focus, nothing more.” Richarlison says that he wants to stay inthe Premier League for many more years yet.

“I want to play in this country for as long as possible,” he said, “It’s a big championship and ithas been a great experience for me.

“I want to evolve as a player and playing in England will help me to do this,” concluded theex Fluminense man.

 

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<![CDATA[Coutinho Worked ‘Extra Hard’ To Show Dedication to Liverpool]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91176_coutinho_worked____extra_hard____to_show_dedication_to_liverpool.html 

Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho says that he felt obliged to show maximum dedication
to Liverpool in the first part of this season, after his move to Barcelona failed to materialise in
the summer.
The Brazilian put in a transfer request and was open about his desire to leave for the
Catalan club, but the Reds’ initially rejected Barca’s advances. The move eventually went
through in January.
But Coutinho says he felt dutibound to show even more effort for Liverpool to show the fans
that he was not prepared to be unprofessional to force the move, “I was clear from the first
offer from Barca that I wanted to come here, that was my intention,” he told El Mundo
Deportivo
“When it did not go through in the summer, I had to work extra hard with more hours to show
the fans that I was not being unprofessional. It was not an easy situation for me of course
but the fans of Liverpool treated me well, even if I could not win any trophies at the club.
“Since my move, the welcome from the players has been fantastic but particularly Messi and
Suarez, who are two idols for me. It is special to play in the same team as Messi, it makes
me extremely happy.”

Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho says that he felt obliged to show maximum dedicationto Liverpool in the first part of this season, after his move to Barcelona failed to materialise inthe summer.

The Brazilian put in a transfer request and was open about his desire to leave for theCatalan club, but the Reds’ initially rejected Barca’s advances. The move eventually wentthrough in January.

But Coutinho says he felt dutibound to show even more effort for Liverpool to show the fansthat he was not prepared to be unprofessional to force the move, “I was clear from the firstoffer from Barca that I wanted to come here, that was my intention,” he told El MundoDeportivo

“When it did not go through in the summer, I had to work extra hard with more hours to showthe fans that I was not being unprofessional. It was not an easy situation for me of coursebut the fans of Liverpool treated me well, even if I could not win any trophies at the club.

“Since my move, the welcome from the players has been fantastic but particularly Messi andSuarez, who are two idols for me. It is special to play in the same team as Messi, it makesme extremely happy.”

 

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<![CDATA[Malcom Confirms Summer Bordeaux Exit with Spurs and Arsenal Linked]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91175_malcom_confirms_summer_bordeaux_exit_with_spurs_and_arsenal_linked.html 

Bordeaux winger Malcom says that he has an agreement with Bordeaux to let him leave the club this
summer- and he will be able to choose who he joins.
The Brazilian was subject to interest from Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer
window, but the Ligue 1 club repelled all bids.
Malcom says that he agreed to stay with Bordeaux for the remainder of the season, on the
understanding that the club would not stand in the way of a summer transfer.
“Yes, there was a promise that I will be negotiating in June,&quot; Malcom told Brazilian outlet UOL
Esporte. &quot;I will choose the team, and Bordeaux will let me go.&quot;
He added: &quot;I already said that I would have liked to leave this winter to meet new challenges. But I
must also remember that Bordeaux helped me a lot.
&quot;I gave my word to Bordeaux that I will continue [with the club] to be able to have more time to
choose my future club. These next three or four months will make a big difference.&quot;

Bordeaux winger Malcom says that he has an agreement with Bordeaux to let him leave the club thissummer- and he will be able to choose who he joins.

The Brazilian was subject to interest from Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the January transferwindow, but the Ligue 1 club repelled all bids.

Malcom says that he agreed to stay with Bordeaux for the remainder of the season, on theunderstanding that the club would not stand in the way of a summer transfer.

“Yes, there was a promise that I will be negotiating in June,&quot; Malcom told Brazilian outlet UOLEsporte. &quot;I will choose the team, and Bordeaux will let me go.&quot;
He added: &quot;I already said that I would have liked to leave this winter to meet new challenges. But Imust also remember that Bordeaux helped me a lot.

&quot;I gave my word to Bordeaux that I will continue [with the club] to be able to have more time tochoose my future club. These next three or four months will make a big difference.&quot;

 

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<![CDATA[Verratti and Teammates Behind Neymar Ballon D’Or Bid]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91152_verratti_and_teammates_behind_neymar_ballon_d___or_bid.html 

PSG midfielder Marco Verratti says he and his teammates will do everything in their power
to help Brazilian teammate Neymar Junior to win the Ballon D’Or.
The Brazilian joined the Ligue 1 outfit in the summer for a world record £198m, partly to step
out of the shadow of Lionel Messi who, with Cristiano Ronaldo, has monopolised the award
over the last decade.
Kaká was the last Brazilian to win it back in 2007 and ever since, Ronaldo and Messi have
shared the award. PSG midfielder Verratti says PSG are attuned to Neymar’s ambition to
win it and will support him.
“Yes, I am behind Neymar. I think that he is doing everything for it. It is also why he is here --
to help the club to develop and to further himself too.
&quot;There is greater responsibility here and &#39;Ney&#39; is somebody who likes that. He likes putting
the team on his shoulders.
&quot;I hope with all of my heart that Ney will become the greatest player. We will help him
however we possibly can to achieve this.&quot;

PSG midfielder Marco Verratti says he and his teammates will do everything in their powerto help Brazilian teammate Neymar Junior to win the Ballon D’Or.

The Brazilian joined the Ligue 1 outfit in the summer for a world record £198m, partly to stepout of the shadow of Lionel Messi who, with Cristiano Ronaldo, has monopolised the awardover the last decade.

Kaká was the last Brazilian to win it back in 2007 and ever since, Ronaldo and Messi haveshared the award. PSG midfielder Verratti says PSG are attuned to Neymar’s ambition towin it and will support him.

“Yes, I am behind Neymar. I think that he is doing everything for it. It is also why he is here --to help the club to develop and to further himself too.

&quot;There is greater responsibility here and &#39;Ney&#39; is somebody who likes that. He likes puttingthe team on his shoulders.

&quot;I hope with all of my heart that Ney will become the greatest player. We will help himhowever we possibly can to achieve this.&quot;

 

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<![CDATA[Crystal Palace Close In On Diego Cavalieri Deal]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91151_crystal_palace_close_in_on_diego_cavalieri_deal.html 

Premier League side Crystal Palace are in talks with ex Brazil international Diego Cavalieri
over a short term deal. The 35 year old was released by cash strapped Fluminense recently
and Palace are interested, according to the Daily Mail.
Eagles boss Roy Hodgson actually sold Cavalieri to Cesena back in 2010 after a spell as
Liverpool’s back up goalie. But the Palace manager is keen for current first choice Wayne
Hennessey to have some back up.
Cavalieri agreed to cancel his contract with Rio club Fluminense recently as part of the
club’s cost cutting exercise. The London club have a deal lined up for Getafe&#39;s Vicente
Guaita for the summer.
But Hodgson wants short term cover and the 35 year old is seen as a good fit as Palace fight
relegation. The ex England boss appears to have lost faith with current second choice Julian
Speroni.

Premier League side Crystal Palace are in talks with ex Brazil international Diego Cavalieriover a short term deal. The 35 year old was released by cash strapped Fluminense recentlyand Palace are interested, according to the Daily Mail.

Eagles boss Roy Hodgson actually sold Cavalieri to Cesena back in 2010 after a spell asLiverpool’s back up goalie. But the Palace manager is keen for current first choice WayneHennessey to have some back up.

Cavalieri agreed to cancel his contract with Rio club Fluminense recently as part of theclub’s cost cutting exercise. The London club have a deal lined up for Getafe&#39;s VicenteGuaita for the summer.

But Hodgson wants short term cover and the 35 year old is seen as a good fit as Palace fightrelegation. The ex England boss appears to have lost faith with current second choice JulianSperoni.

 

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<![CDATA[Coutinho ‘Gradually Adapting’ To Life at Barcelona]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91129_coutinho____gradually_adapting____to_life_at_barcelona.html 

Barcelona attacker Philippe Coutinho says that he is adjusting to life at his new club,
following his £142m move from Liverpool in January. The Brazilian scored his first goal for
the club in the Copa del Rey against Valencia recently.
Coutinho told El Mundo Deportivo, “It is a pride and honour to play for the club. I have come
here to write my own history. Barça gives me the chance to play with the best and win titles,
which has always been my greatest ambition.
“I am gradually adapting to a different way of playing and training. I’m working hard for things
to go right on the field. I’ve been surprised by the enormous quality of the whole squad, but
most especially by what a great group of people they are and all they have done to welcome
the new arrivals.”
“It’s very special for me to share a dressing room with such heroes as Messi, Suárez and
Iniesta. Not many people get the chance to play with the best in the world.” Coutinho says he
does not mind where he plays as he gets to grips with his new surroundings.
“It is just an honour to be here, and I’m ready to do whatever the boss asks. I don’t mind
whether that’s on the left, right or in the middle. Valverde is always explaining things to me.
But not just to me. To everyone. He tells us where he wants us to play, where to do certain
things on the field … He’s very attentive.”

Barcelona attacker Philippe Coutinho says that he is adjusting to life at his new club,following his £142m move from Liverpool in January. The Brazilian scored his first goal forthe club in the Copa del Rey against Valencia recently.

Coutinho told El Mundo Deportivo, “It is a pride and honour to play for the club. I have comehere to write my own history. Barça gives me the chance to play with the best and win titles,which has always been my greatest ambition.

“I am gradually adapting to a different way of playing and training. I’m working hard for thingsto go right on the field. I’ve been surprised by the enormous quality of the whole squad, butmost especially by what a great group of people they are and all they have done to welcomethe new arrivals.”

“It’s very special for me to share a dressing room with such heroes as Messi, Suárez andIniesta. Not many people get the chance to play with the best in the world.” Coutinho says hedoes not mind where he plays as he gets to grips with his new surroundings.

“It is just an honour to be here, and I’m ready to do whatever the boss asks. I don’t mindwhether that’s on the left, right or in the middle. Valverde is always explaining things to me.But not just to me. To everyone. He tells us where he wants us to play, where to do certainthings on the field … He’s very attentive.”

 

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<![CDATA[Filling Coutinho Void Has Been ‘No Problem’ Says Firmino]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91128_filling_coutinho_void_has_been____no_problem____says_firmino.html 

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino says that the team have had no problems replacing the impact of
his compatriot Philippe Coutinho. Coutinho left the Reds for Barcelona in January, but Firmino insists
that the remaining players have stepped up in his absence.
Speaking before Liverpool’s trip to FC Porto in the Champions League, Firmino said, “Of course,
Coutinho is a great player but we’ve substituted him with no problems. Everybody has a greater
responsibility but that’s our job, to deal with that responsibility.”
Only Cristiano Ronaldo has netted more goals in the competition so far this season than the
Brazilian, but Firmino dismissed any comparison with the Real Madrid star and insists he needs t
focus on working hard for his teammates.
“&quot;I only focus on doing a good game and if you do a good game then the goals will appear,&quot; he
added. By giving my maximum to the team, I can be up alongside those players,” he concluded.

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino says that the team have had no problems replacing the impact ofhis compatriot Philippe Coutinho. Coutinho left the Reds for Barcelona in January, but Firmino insiststhat the remaining players have stepped up in his absence.

Speaking before Liverpool’s trip to FC Porto in the Champions League, Firmino said, “Of course,Coutinho is a great player but we’ve substituted him with no problems. Everybody has a greaterresponsibility but that’s our job, to deal with that responsibility.”

Only Cristiano Ronaldo has netted more goals in the competition so far this season than theBrazilian, but Firmino dismissed any comparison with the Real Madrid star and insists he needs tfocus on working hard for his teammates.

“&quot;I only focus on doing a good game and if you do a good game then the goals will appear,&quot; headded. By giving my maximum to the team, I can be up alongside those players,” he concluded.

 

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<![CDATA[Tite Urges Neymar to Ignore ‘Envious’ Detractors and Reveals Referee Advice]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91113_tite_urges_neymar_to_ignore____envious____detractors_and_reveals_referee_advice.html 

Brazil coach Tite has revealed that he has urged Neymar to ignore ‘envious’ detractors. The
Brazilian moved to Paris Saint Germain from Barcelona in a world record £198m transfer last
summer.
Neymar is seen as the star for PSG and Brazil, but has often earned opprobrium for his
attitude. Brazil coach Tite says this is a natural consequence of being a top level athlete,
something he relayed to Neymar during his time coaching the forward.
“I had the happiness of working with Neymar now and I will repeat what I said: he is a boy
who has a big heart. Only those who work with him know. I&#39;m working here now and that&#39;s
why I&#39;m talking.
“And I&#39;m not talking after a year and a half of taking over the Seleção, needing to give
morale to the guy. I&#39;m being conscientious. I once told him, &quot;Neymar, when you take a
position at the highest level, there will be people who will love and idolize you,
“’You will have that responsibility. But you will have the envious, those people that will look at
each situation and take the negative side.” However, Tite implied that the criticism was not
entirely misplaced.
“It does not mean that successes and mistakes do not happen, for example, to complain
about referees too much. I called him and said, &quot;It&#39;s wrong, you cannot do that, you have to
be mentally strong.&quot; Leave the referee and leave the opponent.
“’With all your talent, if you complain about the refereeing, you know what the guys are
doing. They will see that you complained and the guy who fouled you will see that it worked
and the referee will not give you the next call either.”

Brazil coach Tite has revealed that he has urged Neymar to ignore ‘envious’ detractors. TheBrazilian moved to Paris Saint Germain from Barcelona in a world record £198m transfer lastsummer.

Neymar is seen as the star for PSG and Brazil, but has often earned opprobrium for hisattitude. Brazil coach Tite says this is a natural consequence of being a top level athlete,something he relayed to Neymar during his time coaching the forward.

“I had the happiness of working with Neymar now and I will repeat what I said: he is a boywho has a big heart. Only those who work with him know. I&#39;m working here now and that&#39;swhy I&#39;m talking.

“And I&#39;m not talking after a year and a half of taking over the Seleção, needing to givemorale to the guy. I&#39;m being conscientious. I once told him, &quot;Neymar, when you take aposition at the highest level, there will be people who will love and idolize you,
“’You will have that responsibility. But you will have the envious, those people that will look ateach situation and take the negative side.” However, Tite implied that the criticism was notentirely misplaced.

“It does not mean that successes and mistakes do not happen, for example, to complainabout referees too much. I called him and said, &quot;It&#39;s wrong, you cannot do that, you have tobe mentally strong.&quot; Leave the referee and leave the opponent.

“’With all your talent, if you complain about the refereeing, you know what the guys aredoing. They will see that you complained and the guy who fouled you will see that it workedand the referee will not give you the next call either.”

 

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<![CDATA[Edu Gaspar Says Germany Friendly Will Help 7-1 Scar Heal Before World Cup]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91112_edu_gaspar_says_germany_friendly_will_help_7-1_scar_heal_before_world_cup.html 

Brazil’s director of Selection, Edu Gaspar, says that Brazil want to face Germany before the
World Cup as part of the healing process after the infamous 7-1 defeat to Die Mannschaft on
home soil in the 2014 World Cup semi-final.
The result reverberated deeply in Brazil and Edu has explained that part of the purpose of
meeting Germany in a friendly in Berlin in March is to aid the healing process prior to this
summer’s World Cup in Russia.
“We cannot deny what happened. The scar exists and will always exist. It is a reality of
history. Ever since this new commission arrived, we wanted to take on Germany before the
World Cup, so that the press and ourselves can talk about the 7 x 1,” he told Reuters.
The Ex-Arsenal midfielder also says that the Seleção refuse to talk up their chances of
winning the tournament, “We do not bother to speak about the title in Russia. We expect to
have great performance,” he said.

Brazil’s director of Selection, Edu Gaspar, says that Brazil want to face Germany before theWorld Cup as part of the healing process after the infamous 7-1 defeat to Die Mannschaft onhome soil in the 2014 World Cup semi-final.

The result reverberated deeply in Brazil and Edu has explained that part of the purpose ofmeeting Germany in a friendly in Berlin in March is to aid the healing process prior to thissummer’s World Cup in Russia.

“We cannot deny what happened. The scar exists and will always exist. It is a reality ofhistory. Ever since this new commission arrived, we wanted to take on Germany before theWorld Cup, so that the press and ourselves can talk about the 7 x 1,” he told Reuters.

The Ex-Arsenal midfielder also says that the Seleção refuse to talk up their chances ofwinning the tournament, “We do not bother to speak about the title in Russia. We expect tohave great performance,” he said.

 

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<![CDATA[Firmino Sees Long Term Future at Liverpool]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91103_firmino_sees_long_term_future_at_liverpool.html 

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino says that he sees his long term future at the club, despite the
departure of good friend and compatriot Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian moved onto 20 goals for this season when he opened the scoring in the Reds’ 2-0
victory at Southampton on Sunday. He assisted Mohamed Salah for the second goal.
Firmino says he is enjoying life at Anfield and sees himself at the club long term, “Liverpool are one
of the greats in Europe and being able to be part of the history of such a great club is gratifying to
me,” he told Globoesporte.
“I&#39;m very happy here at Liverpool and I do not see myself out of that club for years to come. I believe
I am living one of the best phases of my career and I owe much to the trust that the club has placed
in me from the beginning.
“The arrival of Jurgen Klopp was very important for my growth within the team. Since he arrived
here at Liverpool, he has changed my positioning, put me playing as a forward and that was the
watershed for me here at the club.
&quot;Klopp is a fantastic guy. I rate him as an extremely professional coach, a perfectionist, with a
winning mentality.
&quot;He came to Liverpool after building a beautiful history in Borussia Dortmund and has done a
beautiful job here in England. I&#39;m sure Klopp will be marked in the history of world football for his
work and achievements.
When asked about his future, Firmino added: &quot;In every transfer window we hear a lot of speculation,
but nothing concrete has come to me until now.
&quot;I am very happy here at Liverpool and my thinking is to build a history with many victories and titles
with that club. I have a contract with Liverpool until 2020 and I hope to keep it.&quot;

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino says that he sees his long term future at the club, despite thedeparture of good friend and compatriot Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazilian moved onto 20 goals for this season when he opened the scoring in the Reds’ 2-0victory at Southampton on Sunday. He assisted Mohamed Salah for the second goal.

Firmino says he is enjoying life at Anfield and sees himself at the club long term, “Liverpool are oneof the greats in Europe and being able to be part of the history of such a great club is gratifying tome,” he told Globoesporte.

“I&#39;m very happy here at Liverpool and I do not see myself out of that club for years to come. I believeI am living one of the best phases of my career and I owe much to the trust that the club has placedin me from the beginning.

“The arrival of Jurgen Klopp was very important for my growth within the team. Since he arrivedhere at Liverpool, he has changed my positioning, put me playing as a forward and that was thewatershed for me here at the club.

&quot;Klopp is a fantastic guy. I rate him as an extremely professional coach, a perfectionist, with awinning mentality.

&quot;He came to Liverpool after building a beautiful history in Borussia Dortmund and has done abeautiful job here in England. I&#39;m sure Klopp will be marked in the history of world football for hiswork and achievements.

When asked about his future, Firmino added: &quot;In every transfer window we hear a lot of speculation,but nothing concrete has come to me until now.

&quot;I am very happy here at Liverpool and my thinking is to build a history with many victories and titleswith that club. I have a contract with Liverpool until 2020 and I hope to keep it.&quot;

 

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<![CDATA[Richarlison Wants To Improve Record Against the Big Clubs]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91102_richarlison_wants_to_improve_record_against_the_big_clubs.html 

Watford forward Richarlison says that he wants to improve his goalscoring record against the bigger
clubs in the Premier League. The Brazilian was seen in tears when he was substituted during
Watford’s 4-1 win over Chelsea last week.
The 20 year old says that his frustration was, in part, because he wants to start proving himself with
goals against the top 6, “I’m missing a goal against the big clubs. I already have assists, I’ve had
victories, but I couldn’t score a goal yet.
“When I saw the substitution board, I was very sad. I was feeling like I was going to score a goal. Like
it or not, it’s against Chelsea, a team that plays in the Champions League, which is always fighting for
the title. We want to show our work.”
However, the player is positive about how things have gone since moving to England from
Fluminense in August, “I’ve experienced emotions in those six months. Many did not believe that I
would adapt to English football.
“I ended up coming, scoring goals, making assists, winning man of the match. That even caught Tite’s
attention. I even heard from his mouth that they were watching me. So I’m going to continue giving
my all so that when I get to the Seleção I can do my best.”

Watford forward Richarlison says that he wants to improve his goalscoring record against the biggerclubs in the Premier League. The Brazilian was seen in tears when he was substituted duringWatford’s 4-1 win over Chelsea last week.

The 20 year old says that his frustration was, in part, because he wants to start proving himself withgoals against the top 6, “I’m missing a goal against the big clubs. I already have assists, I’ve hadvictories, but I couldn’t score a goal yet.

“When I saw the substitution board, I was very sad. I was feeling like I was going to score a goal. Likeit or not, it’s against Chelsea, a team that plays in the Champions League, which is always fighting forthe title. We want to show our work.”

However, the player is positive about how things have gone since moving to England fromFluminense in August, “I’ve experienced emotions in those six months. Many did not believe that Iwould adapt to English football.

“I ended up coming, scoring goals, making assists, winning man of the match. That even caught Tite’sattention. I even heard from his mouth that they were watching me. So I’m going to continue givingmy all so that when I get to the Seleção I can do my best.”

 

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<![CDATA[Thiago Silva Relishing Ronaldo Test]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91087_thiago_silva_relishing_ronaldo_test.html 

Paris Saint Germain captain Thiago Silva is relishing coming up against Cristiano Ronaldo
as PSG face Real Madrid in a mouth-watering Champions League round of 16 tie next week.
Ronaldo has not been in great form domestically, but was the top scorer in the group phase
of the competition. PSG skipper Silva is relishing the challenge.
However, he does think that Lionel Messi is slightly harder to defend against, “The small
difference is that Messi, with the ball in a one-on- one or a two-on- one, is difficult to stop,&quot;
&quot;With Ronaldo, I am not saying that it is easy, but one player can mark and the other can
monitor -- doing that gives you more security at the back.
&quot;However, Messi and Ronaldo are both players capable of incredible things -- like Neymar. I
believe, though, that it is harder to defend against Messi than it is against Ronaldo.&quot;

Paris Saint Germain captain Thiago Silva is relishing coming up against Cristiano Ronaldoas PSG face Real Madrid in a mouth-watering Champions League round of 16 tie next week.

Ronaldo has not been in great form domestically, but was the top scorer in the group phaseof the competition. PSG skipper Silva is relishing the challenge.

However, he does think that Lionel Messi is slightly harder to defend against, “The smalldifference is that Messi, with the ball in a one-on- one or a two-on- one, is difficult to stop,&quot;
&quot;With Ronaldo, I am not saying that it is easy, but one player can mark and the other canmonitor -- doing that gives you more security at the back.

&quot;However, Messi and Ronaldo are both players capable of incredible things -- like Neymar. Ibelieve, though, that it is harder to defend against Messi than it is against Ronaldo.&quot;

 

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<![CDATA[Lokomotiv Moscow Turned Down €10m Neymar Deal]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91086_lokomotiv_moscow_turned_down____10m_neymar_deal.html 

Lokomotiv Moscow’s former president Nikolai Naumov claims that the Russian club could
have bought Neymar from Santos for about €10m when he was a teenager- but the club
didn’t think he would be worth the fee.
Then at Santos, Neymar represented Brazil at a youth tournament in Mexico and piqued the
interest of the Lokomotiv scouts. Naumov says that the club made enquiries with Santos, but
deemed the move too risky.
“We thought about whether or not it was worth buying Neymar. We wanted to buy him. Our
scouts watched the Brazilian. There were quite big doubts. First, he was too young. Second,
it was unclear how he’d adapt to Russia… so we decided against getting him.
“It would have been around €10m, probably. You understand, paying so much for a
youngster from another continent – you have to be careful with this sort of thing.
“Yes, we [Russia] did lose [to Brazil] in the final, but I didn’t notice that Neymar played any
better than the others. Alan Gatagov looked just as good.”

Lokomotiv Moscow’s former president Nikolai Naumov claims that the Russian club couldhave bought Neymar from Santos for about €10m when he was a teenager- but the clubdidn’t think he would be worth the fee.

Then at Santos, Neymar represented Brazil at a youth tournament in Mexico and piqued theinterest of the Lokomotiv scouts. Naumov says that the club made enquiries with Santos, butdeemed the move too risky.

“We thought about whether or not it was worth buying Neymar. We wanted to buy him. Ourscouts watched the Brazilian. There were quite big doubts. First, he was too young. Second,it was unclear how he’d adapt to Russia… so we decided against getting him.

“It would have been around €10m, probably. You understand, paying so much for ayoungster from another continent – you have to be careful with this sort of thing.

“Yes, we [Russia] did lose [to Brazil] in the final, but I didn’t notice that Neymar played anybetter than the others. Alan Gatagov looked just as good.”

 

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<![CDATA[How Will Philippe Coutinho Better Brazil in the World Cup 2018?]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91081_how_will_philippe_coutinho_better_brazil_in_the_world_cup_2018_.htmlBrazilian football players haven’t had a taste of lifting the FIFA World Cup since 2002 – which is quite a long time for the most successful team in international football, having won it on 5 occasions (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002). Things look good for the Brazil side this year though, as they not only have a handful of players with World Cup experience, but they also have several youth prospects that have the ability to take the national side forward in this year’s competition. One of those players is Philippe Coutinho, who recently secured his dream move to Barcelona, making him the second most expensive signing in world football (a reported £142 million if certain clauses are met). Coutinho wasn’t able to compete with some of the Brazilian players in 2014, which is why he was overlooked for the world cup squad by Scolari. However, he’s dug deep in recent years and he’s now one of the most respected players around. How will Coutinho use his chance to better the Brazil side this year?

Excellent Vision & Passing Ability

A player of Coutinho’s quality is a player who will make the difference in this year’s tournament. He’s no Neymar in front of the sticks, now is he another Ronaldo. However, what Coutinho is is a creative player with excellent vision and passing ability. It could be the ingredient that Brazil has been missing for years now. We could end up seeing a Brazil side that wipes the floor with their opposition, thanks to Coutinho and his ability to open up defences.

Attacking Mentality

Brazil have always been frightening going forward, especially when the likes of Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, and Roberto Carlos formed part of the roster. The system which Tite has in place suits the style and play that Coutinho has been known to offer Liverpool for the last 5 years. He’s always been attack minded and, with his passing and creativity, he could be one of the stand out players of the tournament when it hits the big screens in June 2018. Brazil certainly won’t be short of attacking quality with Coutinho and Neymar at the top end of the pitch. One thing that benefits Brazil further is that Coutinho now plays alongside another very attack minded player in Lionel Messi, and that sort of quality could easily rub off on the attacking midfielder to help take Brazil further this year.

Versatile Playmaker

Although Coutinho flourishes as a number 10 playmaker, the managers he’s played under have realised he can offer more. He’s played on both flanks where he’s been crucial to Liverpool’s successes in recent years, but he can also play as a second striker. The Brazil international scored 41 goals in 152 appearances for Liverpool – which isn’t at all bad for a player that’s been played in various positions over the years. Brazil will certainly benefit from someone who’s so versatile, especially if one of their other world class players like Neymar doesn’t fire on all cylinders. 

Excellent Team Player

Coutinho has also proved over the years that he’s not just there to score goals, he’s there to create them to ensure the teams he’s played for have won games. Will Philippe be the player that takes Brazil that one step further this tournament? Check out www.toals.com to see the odds on him walking away with the golden boot. If Coutinho doesn’t manage to scribe his name in the golden boot trophy this year, he’ll certainly have a good chance of winning awards among his team mates thanks to his team playing attributes that will improve his number of assists, and get the likes of Neymar on the scoresheet.

Could Coutinho now prove to be the difference to Brazil’s world cup adventures thanks to his move to Barcelona? He’s now surrounded by some of the best players in the world which could benefit him physically and mentally. Brazil fans will already be excited by the line-up Tite can now offer, but they might be more excited by the fact that Coutinho is going to come into this World Cup side as one of the most influential players in world football.

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<![CDATA[‘Klopp Would Take Firmino Over Harry Kane’ Says Jamie Carragher]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91078____klopp_would_take_firmino_over_harry_kane____says_jamie_carragher.html 

Liverpool legend and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher says that Roberto Firmino is one of
the most underrated players in the Premier League and believes that manager Jurgen Klopp
would prefer to have him in his team than Harry Kane.
Kane is considered one of the world’s foremost strikers, but Carragher thinks that Firmino fits
Liverpool’s system perfectly and brings more goals out of his colleagues as a result. “Firmino
has been a revelation this season,” Carragher purred.
“I actually think he is one of the most underrated players in the Premier League. He has
always been Liverpool’s number one striker but what he has been adding is the goals. He
can actually match up to the other strikers now goals-wise and still bring all the other stuff
that he brings.
“Without a doubt, Firmino is helping Salah too. He is very clever with his passing and his
movement drags people out of position as well. He comes towards the ball and that opens
up the space for Salah to make that penetrating diagonal run in behind that space between
the full-back and the centre-back. It is a great combination for Liverpool.
“That’s why, even without the goals, I don’t think Klopp would ever look to replace Firmino. If
Harry Kane gets 40 goals and Firmino gets 20, he would still be one of – if not the first –
name on the team sheet because of what he does off the ball. Klopp appreciates all of the
extra things that Firmino brings to this Liverpool team that nobody else can.”

Liverpool legend and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher says that Roberto Firmino is one ofthe most underrated players in the Premier League and believes that manager Jurgen Kloppwould prefer to have him in his team than Harry Kane.

Kane is considered one of the world’s foremost strikers, but Carragher thinks that Firmino fitsLiverpool’s system perfectly and brings more goals out of his colleagues as a result. “Firminohas been a revelation this season,” Carragher purred.

“I actually think he is one of the most underrated players in the Premier League. He hasalways been Liverpool’s number one striker but what he has been adding is the goals. Hecan actually match up to the other strikers now goals-wise and still bring all the other stuffthat he brings.

“Without a doubt, Firmino is helping Salah too. He is very clever with his passing and hismovement drags people out of position as well. He comes towards the ball and that opensup the space for Salah to make that penetrating diagonal run in behind that space betweenthe full-back and the centre-back. It is a great combination for Liverpool.

“That’s why, even without the goals, I don’t think Klopp would ever look to replace Firmino. IfHarry Kane gets 40 goals and Firmino gets 20, he would still be one of – if not the first –name on the team sheet because of what he does off the ball. Klopp appreciates all of theextra things that Firmino brings to this Liverpool team that nobody else can.”

 

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<![CDATA[‘I Came to Barcelona To Win Big Trophies’ Says Coutinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/91077____i_came_to_barcelona_to_win_big_trophies____says_coutinho.html 

Barcelona attacker Philippe Coutinho has said that he joined Barcelona in order to win the
biggest prizes in the game. The Brazilian joined from Liverpool in a £142m deal in January
after sustained interest from the Catalans.
Coutinho made an official transfer request in August in an attempt to push through a move.
Liverpool held firm on that occasion, but agreed to sell their playmaker early in the January
window at the player’s behest.
Coutinho explained his rationale for pushing through a move to Barcelona to 8tv, “Everyone
knows that I wanted to come to Barcelona,” he said, “It wasn’t possible in the summer, but it
was in the winter.
“I really want to win the big trophies, it was a big part of the reason that I wanted to sign for
Barcelona. I want to win everything I can, I don’t have any preferences when it comes to
what I win.”
Coutinho scored his first Barcelona goal last night in the team’s 2-0 win over Valencia in the
Copa del Rey, which means they will meet Sevilla in the final.

Barcelona attacker Philippe Coutinho has said that he joined Barcelona in order to win thebiggest prizes in the game. The Brazilian joined from Liverpool in a £142m deal in Januaryafter sustained interest from the Catalans.

Coutinho made an official transfer request in August in an attempt to push through a move.Liverpool held firm on that occasion, but agreed to sell their playmaker early in the Januarywindow at the player’s behest.

Coutinho explained his rationale for pushing through a move to Barcelona to 8tv, “Everyoneknows that I wanted to come to Barcelona,” he said, “It wasn’t possible in the summer, but itwas in the winter.

“I really want to win the big trophies, it was a big part of the reason that I wanted to sign forBarcelona. I want to win everything I can, I don’t have any preferences when it comes towhat I win.”

Coutinho scored his first Barcelona goal last night in the team’s 2-0 win over Valencia in theCopa del Rey, which means they will meet Sevilla in the final.

 

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