<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Coutinho wants repeat of Spurs performance against Leicester]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86508_coutinho_wants_repeat_of_spurs_performance_against_leicester.htmlPhilippe Coutinho says that Liverpool must use the example of their 2-0 victory over Spurs as a touchstone for future performances. The Reds got back to winning ways with a comfortable 2-0 win over Tottenham at Anfield a fortnight ago.



Now Liverpool face Leicester City on Monday night and the Brazilian says they will need a repeat of their blistering performance against Tottenham, telling Liverpool.com, “It was a very difficult and very important game, and we won.



“We were coming from a winless run, a complicated moment. We lacked a little confidence and we have regained that confidence. The team started playing well again, the way we had played, so we have to look at this game as an example to follow for the next games.”



The match against Leicester will be the first for Liverpool in 16 days and Coutinho admits that the wait has been frustrating, “Yes, it’s difficult to not play for some time because we see others and we want to play so we can achieve our results that we need at the end of this season,” he said.



“But it was also important because we had enough time together to work well as a team, and we had two full weeks of training, so that’s important to us as well. Leicester are last season’s champions, so they have a lot of quality. There are very good players there, so it’s sure to be a difficult game.”




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<![CDATA[Tite won't consider contract renewal until after World Cup]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86507_tite_won_t_consider_contract_renewal_until_after_world_cup.htmlBrazil boss Tite says that he will not consider signing a new contract with the Brazilian national team until after the 2018 World Cup. The ex-Corinthians coach has won all of his first 6 games in charge of the Seleção, leading to speculation over whether he might sign a new deal.



However, Tite insists he will assess his team’s performance in Russia before he commits to a new contract, “Renewal is always tied to results. I do not want it to happen (an early proposal for contractual extension),” he told Portuguese publication O Jogo.



“I'd rather wait for the end of the World Cup, because then I can analyse everything in the best possible way. I admit that I have not thought about it yet, when I was a world champion with Corinthians in 2012, I felt that I earned the right to be considered by the Brazilian national team.



"If Brazil is a champion, I want to take some time and analyse the course of my career, because it is difficult to plan football in the long run, but one thing is certain: I will have reached the maximum in terms of professional position."



Brazil currently lead the CONMEBOL table for World Cup qualifying, with matches against Uruguay in Montevideo and Paraguay in São Paulo on the horizon in March.

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<![CDATA[Brazil to play June friendly against Australia]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86491_brazil_to_play_june_friendly_against_australia.htmlBrazil will play a friendly against Australia in Melbourne in June. The match will take place at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground on June, 13th, with a crowd of 100,000 expected Down Under.



Brazil had already announced an exhibition match with Argentina at the same stadium four days later. The contest with Australia will kickoff at 11.05am BST, 7.05am Brasilía. For Australia, the game will provide a warm up for the Confederations Cp in Russia, which they will be competing in.



Australia coach Ange Postecoglou is delighted to welcome the Seleção, saying, "To face Brazil in Melbourne will be a fantastic occasion for Australian football and a great opportunity for us to challenge one of the world’s best teams as we continue our growth as a football nation.

“It will be a tremendous test against quality opposition before we head off to the Confederations Cup in Russia but let’s also consider what a wonderful chance this is for our passionate fans to watch us take on the Brazilians on Australian soil.” 

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:13:06 +0000
<![CDATA[‘We never doubted Aguero’ says Fernandinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86476____we_never_doubted_aguero____says_fernandinho.htmlManchester City midfielder Fernandinho insists that he and his teammates never dounted Sergio Aguero, after the Argentine striker’s performance and goals against AS Monaco in the Champions League this week.



City won an enthralling tie 5-3 at the Etihad Arena, with Aguero at centre stage. A few weeks ago, he lost his place to teenage sensation Gabriel Jesus, however an injury to the young Brazilian has seen Aguero reinstated in recent matches- to great effect.



Fernandinho says that Aguero’s form has surprised nobody at the club, “Aguero is very important for us,” he said. “His history at this club speaks for itself. With the arrival of Gabriel Jesus and with him scoring goals and providing assists, Aguero ended up on the bench for few games but no one ever had doubts about Aguero’s qualities.



“Today he showed it - not only by scoring goals, but also the way he played. Recovering balls, running, pressing, helping the team. For a team that wants to reach the Champions League final, which is our aim, we need that spirit, no matter who is playing, we need to do that.



“This year we are showing that on our games and Aguero more than anyone else embraced that idea, so we are very happy about it.”


http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:51:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Coutinho Delighted to win Samba Gold Award]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86473_coutinho_delighted_to_win_samba_gold_award.htmlLiverpool and Brazil attacker Philippe Coutinho is delighted to have won the 2016 Samba Gold Award. It was announced in December that Coutinho had been voted the best Brazilian footballer in Europe by a panel of journalists, current players, ex professionals and supporters.



The award was presented to him at The Reds’ Melwood Training Ground and a delighted Coutinho told Liverpool.com, “It means a lot. I'm very happy to know that this past year I have been recognised by many people. It was an important year for me and I'm very happy to win this award.



“It was a good year. As a team, we played very well and we managed to get to two finals,” he added. “Unfortunately, we did not win the finals, we lost. That was a very difficult time for us to deal with the defeat [to Sevilla] but this certainly made the group stronger.



“We started the season very well, at a high level. We all played very well, so, of course, 2016 was a good year. In the end I got injured, I missed a few games at the end of the year, but it was a positive year.”



Coutinho was voted ahead of last year’s winner Neymar Junior, as well as the likes of Thiago Silva, Marcelo, Willian, João Miranda and Dani Alves.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:45:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Fabinho’s father claims interest from Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86398_fabinho___s_father_claims_interest_from_arsenal__manchester_city_and_manchester_united.htmlThe father of Brazilian right-back Fabinho has claimed that Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Barcelona are all interested in signing his son. Fabinho, currently impressing at right-back for Monaco, has been linked with United recently.

There were suggestions that Manchester United were very keen on taking Fabinho to Old Trafford last summer, but the Brazilian eventually decided to stay with the Ligue 1 club for another season. But Fabinho’s father João insists that the interest has grown much wider now.

Speaking to French TV show J+1, he said, “We have been in talks with Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal & approached by Barcelona. We like Manchester United & Mourinho's work, but we have a soft spot for Manchester City.”

City could certainly use a right back with current options Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna into their 30s, while United have never truly replaced Gary Neville, with Rafael da Silva not progressing as expected and Matteo Darmian used at left-back.

Likewise, Barcelona have been trying to replace Dani Alves, who left for Juventus last summer. Arsenal have Hector Bellerin, who recently signed a new long term contract, but his deputies Mathieu Debuchy and Carl Jenkinson both look set to leave this summer. 

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:02:16 +0000
<![CDATA[Conte plays down Luiz injury fears, but will rest defender for wolves tie]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86391_conte_plays_down_luiz_injury_fears__but_will_rest_defender_for_wolves_tie.htmlChelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that defender David Luiz will be rested for Saturday evening’s 5th Round FA Cup tie with Wolves, but has confirmed that the knee injury the player has been carrying is not as bad as first feared.

The Brazilian was limping heavily after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Burnley, leading to fears that he would be unavailable for Saturday’s cup showdown. However, Conte suggested the injury was only bruising and Luiz will be rested for the match to give other players in the squad a chance to play.

Conte told his Friday press conference gathering, “We have the opportunity to give him a week to recover very well and to prepare for the next game. His knee is okay. [It has] improved a lot. All the players are in good form and I have only the problem to make the best choices for the game.”

It is expected that Kurt Zouma, who has struggled for minutes this season, will be given the opportunity to play in Luiz’s place, or maybe captain John Terry, who has likewise played rarely in this campaign. 

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:34:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Fernandinho not ready to surrender City’s title hopes]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86390_fernandinho_not_ready_to_surrender_city___s_title_hopes.htmlManchester City midfielder Fernandinho insists that the title race is still not over for his team, despite the 8 point gap to runaway league leaders Chelsea. Conte’s side look like champions elect, but the Brazilian is not giving up without a fight.

“Everyone knows how hard the Premier League is, so eight points are not that relevant,” he explained to the Manchester City website, “We still have to face them at their own stadium which is one of those six-pointer type of game and of course everything is possible in the Premier League.

“Teams can drop points and draw so we will carry on expecting that to happen. Unfortunately, our next game in the Premier League is not until the start of March which seems a long time. But I think it was important to win against Bournemouth and get an extra three points and jump into the second position.”

The 31 year old also had words of encouragement for young compatriot Gabriel Jesus, who fractured his metatarsal in the Bournemouth match, which may well see him miss the rest of the Premier League season.

“He was treading badly with his right foot, but we will see what the doctors will say. We are all hoping it was nothing serious and hopefully he can come back as soon as possible.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:52:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Fernandinho happy to accept versatile role with City]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86389_fernandinho_happy_to_accept_versatile_role_with_city.htmlManchester City midfielder Fernandinho says he is more than happy to be considered a versatile option for his team. The Brazilian turned out at left-back in Monday evening’s comfortable win over Bournemouth.

Upon his arrival in England, boss Pep Guardiola suggested that Fernandinho was capable of playing in ten positions and has certainly moved the 31 year old around the pitch this season. But it’s a role the player is happy to accept.

He told Manchester City’s official website, “I  think left-back is the fourth different role I’ve had this season. It’s a different experience, but very good and interesting. I liked it a lot. The most important thing is to be available to help the team the best way possible.

“Since Pep arrived here he was clear about the fact that he likes to use players in different positions and he made some tests and in the last game when I ended up playing on the right-hand side. Against Bournemouth I played on the left. It’s one of his ideas of game, we tried to implement it and I think this is a very important aspect and quality to have.

“To be able to adjust in different positions and try to keep a good rhythm during the match and help the team to win is good for the whole team and as individuals because we broaden our own experience and if there’s a situation we have to slot in somewhere else, we may already know that role well.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:55:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Guardiola issues Gabriel Jesus update]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86388_guardiola_issues_gabriel_jesus_update.htmlManchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits he is not sure whether Gabriel Jesus will be able to play again this season. The 19 year old broke his foot in Monday night’s win over Bournemouth and will miss at least 2-3 months.

The Brazilian had enjoyed an electric start to life in England with three goals in three games, but had to be removed during the first half at the Vitality Stadium on Monday due to a heavy whack on his foot, which turned out to be broken.

Jesus underwent surgery in Barcelona and Guardiola issued an update during his Friday press conference, “Last night, he made an operation and it was good," Guardiola said. "Now it’s important he recovers well and he’s going back when he will be fit, at the end of the season or next season.

“Now we send all our support to him and his family and we are waiting until he is back. People say [he will be out] between two and three months. Everybody [else] is almost okay. Except the long injuries, the others are okay. Little problems some of them but no big issues.”

As a result, Jesus could miss the remainder of the Premier League season and will certainly miss World Cup qualifiers for Brazil against Uruguay and Paraguay in March.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:48:26 +0000
<![CDATA[European Preview: Can Barcelona bounce back?]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86417_european_preview__can_barcelona_bounce_back_.htmlThe Premier League is taking a break this weekend as English clubs are preparing for domestic cup competitions. However, league action will continue elsewhere in Europe, and we've a lot of Brazilian players to look forward to.

Will we see a topsy-turvy situation in the league tables in France and Spain? How will Barcelona react after their shocking 4-0 defeat to PSG in midweek? Will Bayern extend their unbeaten run? What will happen in Italy? Keep yourself updated with all the weekend scores as we approach the business end of the season.

La Liga:
In Spain, eight points separate five teams at the top of the La Liga table. Real Sociedad are unlikely to challenge for the title, but Barcelona and Sevilla are well capable of taking the title race to the wire. Brazilian duo, Casemiro and Marcelo, are expected to start for Real Madrid against Espanyol. Los Blancos have won 11 of their last 13 matches in La Liga, and will be looking to cement their position at the top. Barcelona, fresh from the midweek defeat in the Champions League, will be looking to regroup and pick up three points against Leganes. Brazil skipper, Neymar, has a minor ankle problem, but he should start out on the left-hand side.

French League: PSG have a great chance to reduce the gap with Monaco to just one point, as they play against Toulouse. Emery could rotate his squad after an exhilarating win over Barcelona, but PSG will be charged up after seeing Monaco draw with Bastia. In defence, Marquinhos and Thiago Silva are expected to start. Julian Draxler and Angel di Maria could be rested, which means Lucas Moura has another chance to impress his manager. OGC Nice will travel to Lorient where they cannot afford to drop further points. They can close the gap with Monaco to three points, should they win on Sunday. Brazilian defender, Dante, is expected to feature against Lorient.

Bayern Munich are seven points ahead of second placed RB Leipzig and they will be looking to pick up full three points when they face Hertha Berlin this week. Carlo Ancelotti's side are running high on confidence, having remained undefeated in their last 12 games, and having beat Arsenal 5-1 in the Champions League. Douglas Costa and Rafinha are expected to feature in the weekend.

Serie A: 
All eyes will be on Roma whether they can keep up the pace in Serie A after Juventus won their fixture against Palermo. An interesting top four race is building up in Italy, and it remains to be seen whether Inter Milan can close the gap with Napoli. Brazilian defender, Miranda, should keep his place at the heart of defence alongside Gary Medel.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/info_1487595836.jpgFri, 17 Feb 2017 09:02:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Gremio admit interest in Lucas Leiva but say transfer would be very difficult]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86322_gremio_admit_interest_in_lucas_leiva_but_say_transfer_would_be_very_difficult.htmlGrêmio’s Director of Football Odorico Roman has admitted that his club would be interested in bringing Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva back to Porto Allegre, but suggests a move will be very difficult to complete.

Lucas has been linked with an exit from Anfield for much of the last year, with loan moves to Inter and AC Milan mooted during the January transfer window. The 30 year old stayed with the club, but his former team Grêmio are studying a proposal to bring him back.

Leiva left Grêmio for Liverpool a decade ago and Odorico confessed that the Brazilian club would like to bring him back, “Lucas Leiva is a player that Grêmio fans remember fondly from the past, he would be an important signing.

“But I do not want to feed false expectations, he is outside of our possibilities at the moment. It would be very difficult for Lucas to come to Grêmio, the conditions are very tough for this transfer to happen.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:56:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Ronaldinho believes Gabriel Jesus can become world’s best]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86321_ronaldinho_believes_gabriel_jesus_can_become_world___s_best.htmlBrazilian legend Ronaldinho Gaucho says that Gabriel Jesus can become the best player in the world one day. The 19 year old Brazilian striker has quickly made Brazil’s number 9 shirt his own and has made a quick start to life at Manchester City, with 3 goals in his first 3 games for the club.

Ronaldinho believes that once Messi retires, Jesus could be in prime position to claim to be the world’s best player, along with compatriot Neymar, “Manchester City have a very special player with Gabriel Jesus," Ronaldinho told The Mirror.

“Maybe even, in the future, the best player in the world. At the moment it is Messi. I have always said that I think one day it will be Neymar. But at 19, in the future, it can be Gabriel. He has all the abilities to make that happen."

The ex Barcelona trickster agrees with Guardiola’s decision to blood him quickly, given Jesus’ talent, “I don't always agree that players should always be eased in -- it depends on the type of player," he argued.

"You look at Gabriel Jesus and he has no fear at all. He just wants to play and show what he can do. He will put in big performances against Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and all the other top teams in England.

"I'm pleased he has been named in the Champions League squad and I think he should play, he is full of confidence. Ronaldo, Kaka, myself and, more recently, Neymar were playing at the highest level at a young age. Gabriel is in that category."

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:32:06 +0000
<![CDATA[Conte praises “Warrior” David Luiz]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86312_conte_praises____warrior____david_luiz.htmlChelsea boss Antonio Conte heaped praise on his Brazilian centre half David Luiz. Luiz rejoined the London club from Paris Saint Germain in the summer, having left the club for France back in 2013. The signing raised eyebrows, but Luiz has become a prominent figure in a Blues side that look destined for the Premier League title.

Conte called Luiz “a warrior”, after a string of accomplished performances at the heart of a back three, “He is showing his real value,” Conte said. “He’s a warrior… I’m pleased with his performances. It’s important for him, for Chelsea and for me.

“I like to repeat to all my players – you need a lot of time to be something important and you can have only one minute to disrupt all this. It’s important to continue this way with great concentration, with great focus in every game.

“When you are a central defender and you play in the middle you must pay great attention, because you have to play football with great intelligence and to understand the moment to be aggressive and to cover the others.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Sun, 12 Feb 2017 17:54:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Klopp singles out Firmino for praise after Liverpool victory over Spurs]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86311_klopp_singles_out_firmino_for_praise_after_liverpool_victory_over_spurs.htmlLiverpool gaffer Jurgen Klopp singled out Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino for special praise after the Reds got their season back on track with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham at Anfield on Saturday evening.

Senegalese forward Sadio Mane returned to the team after spending much of January at the Africa Cup of Nations, but it was Firmino, playing as a false 9, that caught the German tactician’s eye the most on the day.

“It was how we have to play against Tottenham,” Klopp said. “We had to show a reaction and it was perfect. It was an outstanding performance offensively in the first half, and defensively in the second half.

“We could have scored again. There were some outstanding individual performances. We understand it is a situation that we have to go through together. On a physical level there were some brilliant displays from Henderson, Wijnaldum, Firmino – My God I don’t think I’ve seen a better performance from a striker without scoring.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Sun, 12 Feb 2017 17:20:15 +0000
<![CDATA[Brazil to play Argentina in Melbourne in June]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86296_brazil_to_play_argentina_in_melbourne_in_june.htmlBrazil will meet Argentina in a friendly in Melbourne in June. The Superclasico will take place at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 9th. The MCG holds 100,000 people and is expected to sell out for this prestigious friendly.

It is the first time a Superclasico will be played in Australia. Brazil’s World Cup qualifying schedule has precluded them from playing money spinning friendly games in nearly two years. The match will kickoff at 11.05am BST.

There is speculation that the Seleção are also lining up a friendly match with World Cup hosts Russia in June, to be held in Moscow. The two teams played one another in London back in 2013. It will be Tite’s first friendly as Brazil coach.

Brazil defeated Argentina 3-0 in Belo Horizonte in November and two Diego Tardelli goals saw the Seleção prosper 2-0 against their old rivals in Beijing in October 2014. 

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Fri, 10 Feb 2017 22:40:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Willian admits Manchester United tried to sign him last summer]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86295_willian_admits_manchester_united_tried_to_sign_him_last_summer.htmlChelsea winger Willian Borges has admitted that Jose Mourinho tried to take him to Manchester United last summer. The Brazilian was negotiating a new 4 year contract with the Blues at the time and confessed that the manager that took him to Chelsea tried to sign him for United.

Willian spurned his old manager’s advances and signed on with the London club, after a season in which he was voted players’ and supporters’ player of the year. “There was interest, yes. It was from Manchester United, because Mourinho is there too," he told Globo Esporte.

“From other clubs I don't know but there are always some things on the internet. I'm glad to hear that there are clubs that admire my work.” When pressed on the possibility of moving to China, the Brazilian international was coy."

"I do not know if I would go or not. What I can say is that I'm happy at Chelsea, I feel very good there, like it's my home.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Fri, 10 Feb 2017 22:02:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Fernandinho pays tribute to teammates following his return from suspension]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86285_fernandinho_pays_tribute_to_teammates_following_his_return_from_suspension.htmlManchester City midfielder Fernandinho has paid tribute to his teammates for helping him through a difficult time professionally. The Brazilian was sent off twice in quick succession in December, leading to a series of games that he missed through suspension.

Fernandinho has come back into the team in fine fettle as City have moved into 3rd place in the Premier League and qualified for the 5th round of the FA Cup. The player told Manchester City’s official website that he owes a debt of gratitude to his colleagues.

“I am very happy to be back, after a long absence period away from the action,” he said. “I am very happy we won a difficult game against Swansea, but even more important than that was the support I received from my colleagues during this period.

“All that support was essential, in order to return in the best possibly way.” Fernandinho has seen his compatriot Gabriel Jesus take England by storm with three goals in his first three games, which has delighted the 32 year old.

“He has things to learn, but he is starting very well,” he said. “I am very happy that he is progressing well and with confidence. The most important thing is that he is being able to score goals. He adjusted very quickly.

“English football isn’t as easy, so I honestly hope he continues in this level in order to improve even more. I am sure he is a player that will develop a lot more and I am absolutely sure, that he will be a top-class international player.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:22:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Willian says Conte and Costa relationship working just fine]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86284_willian_says_conte_and_costa_relationship_working_just_fine.htmlChelsea winger Willian admits that the relationship between Antonio Conte and Diego Costa can be difficult, but is working just fine. Costa and Conte are both renowned as fiery characters and the striker fell afoul of his manager last month when he tried to force through a move to China.

The relationship appears to have been restored, with Costa playing again and Willian told Globo Esporte that, though the pair can be at loggerheads occasionally, there is nothing amiss in their relationship.

“The temperament of the two is a bit difficult, but they are very good people. For those who don’t know, Diego Costa seems like a tough guy, who wants to fight, but that’s on the pitch. He always tells us, ‘I’m like that on the pitch, I cannot change. If I were to play against my mother, that would be the way I would be!’”

“So, he’s a guy who wants to win, he wants to fight, he fights for all the balls, he wants to score, and that’s cool. Off the pitch he is a guy who is always joking and talks to us. There is no problem between the two.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:32:20 +0000
<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus admits he is surprised by his fast start to life in England]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86254_gabriel_jesus_admits_he_is_surprised_by_his_fast_start_to_life_in_england.htmlManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is delighted to his start to life in Manchester. The Brazilian has 3 goals in his first 3 games for the club and admitted to the official City website that even he has been surprised by how quickly he has taken to the Premier League.

“I am very happy,” he told mancity.com, “Each day I feel that I am adjusting really well, with the support of everyone in the club. The players, they help me every day and that makes me happy, even more because I am able to make a good start in a City shirt.”

Jesus joined City from Palmeiras in January, following the end of the Brazilian season in December, but he says the club have worked to ease his acclimatisation, “Yes, I am very surprised,” he said. “Although I work a lot every single day, with everyone’s support, in order for that to happen.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:52:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus hopes to return to Palmeiras in the future]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86253_gabriel_jesus_hopes_to_return_to_palmeiras_in_the_future.htmlManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is enjoying a fine start to life at Manchester City with three goals in his first three games. But he admits that he still holds a good deal of affection for his first club Palmeiras.

Jesus, who left the São Paulo club in December, told ESPN Brazil, “I saw the structure improve at Palmeiras, but one difference is that Palmeiras does not have room to make a structure equal to City. The structure is impressive, it's very big, it's all for the benefit for us players,” adding, “I was very happy there and I hope to return in the future.”

In the interview, he also touched on how City’s Brazilians Fernandinho and Fernando have helped him to settle in Manchester, “One of those who welcomed me the most were the Brazilians, Fernandinho I already knew and Fernando.

“These are the two people who have been helping, their families are helping my child in the adaptation. Their wives always speak with my partner, passing on the addresses of places to buy Brazilian things.”

Jesus is also very enthusiastic about working with Guardiola, “Guardiola is a guy that I still understand, he's obsessed by soccer, I have not won all the things that he has won and I want to learn.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:28:58 +0000
<![CDATA[Fernandinho looking to help Gabriel Jesus maintain his level till end of season]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86246_fernandinho_looking_to_help_gabriel_jesus_maintain_his_level_till_end_of_season.htmlManchester City midfielder Fernandinho is hopeful that compatriot Gabriel Jesus can maintain his current form until the end of the season. The 19 year old has 3 goals and 2 assists in his first 3 matches for Manchester City- including a stoppage time winner against Swansea on Sunday.

Teammate Fernandinho, who has played with Jesus at international level, believes the striker’s youth needs to be factored into any hype. He says the team will focus on keeping him going until the end of the season.

“He has been a professional footballer for just two years, so he is starting very, very, very young," the midfielder said. "We were happy for his incredible performances for the national team and for his club, where he won a few titles, and now he has come here and started to score goals.

“I hope he can keep that level at least until the end of the season. As a young player you can sometimes drop your level. He can play amazing, but he is good because his mentality is good, on the same level all the time - he is stable.

“We can help him stay at this level until the end of the season, and if he does everyone will be happy. If he scores more goals for us, I'll be the first to be happy!”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Tue, 07 Feb 2017 19:38:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Yaya Toure urges calm over Gabriel Jesus]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86245_yaya_toure_urges_calm_over_gabriel_jesus.htmlManchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has urged calm over the ascent of Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus. The 19 year old has enjoyed a fantastic start to life at City, with 3 goals and 2 assists in his first three games, including a stoppage time winner against Swansea on Sunday.

The progress of Jesus has impressed Yaya Toure, but the Ivorian has called for calm so that the teenager can continue to progress at his own rate, “He is a very good player. He's very quick, sharp and clever," Toure told the club's official website.

“What we want to do is just continue to keep going and at the end of the season we can talk about him. We have to keep focused because we have important games coming up and we have to be ready for that as well.”

Toure believes that Gabriel can form part of an exciting conveyor belt of young talent emerging in the City squad, “We need to have young players because City are always a team who wants to win the league," he added.

"The mentality of the club is to try to get new players in and try to do as best as possible. When you see [Kevin] De Bruyne, [David] Silva, Jesus, Sane, and Raheem playing well, you realise we have a great squad with some young players.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Tue, 07 Feb 2017 19:04:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Neymar admits goal drought is ‘annoying’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86230_neymar_admits_goal_drought_is____annoying___.htmlBarcelona forward Neymar has admitted that his lack of goals this season has been ‘annoying’ him, but stresses that the team’s welfare is more important. The Brazilian has only scored just 9 goals this season, compared to 31 last year.

However, he has laid on 17 assists as Barca seek to retain their La Liga title. In an interview with Red Bull, the talisman admitted, “It's difficult when you're not scoring, especially when you're a forward, where the expectations are higher.

“So, yes, it's bad, it's annoying, but it's not my biggest worry. I concentrate on winning matches; it doesn't matter if it's me or a teammate that scores.” Barca currently sit 1 points behind leaders Real Madrid having played two games more, but Neymar is not prepared to throw in the towel on the title just yet.

“I know it's difficult, but nothing's impossible. Last year we were 12 points clear of second and we won the league by one or two [points], if I'm not wrong. There are still a lot games left and anything can happen. We're focused, we're hungry for the title and we're going to fight for it.”

Boss Luis Enrique is not concerned by Neymar’s goalscoring form, “We're seeing a wonderful version of Neymar. His capacity to dribble is impressive, as is his sacrifice when it comes to helping the team. Not scoring goals doesn't bother me at all, it's a mere anecdote if you keep in mind all that he adds to the team. It's clear he's a vital player for us.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Mon, 06 Feb 2017 20:22:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Hazard goal ‘reminded me of Ronaldinho’ says Eden Hazard]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86229_hazard_goal____reminded_me_of_ronaldinho____says_eden_hazard.htmlChelsea defender David Luiz says that Eden Hazard’s wonder goal against Arsenal on Saturday but him in mind of the great Ronaldinho. The Belgian ran from the halfway line to score the Blues’ second goal in their 3-1 defeat of Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

“It was fantastic, it reminded me a bit of Ronaldinho – it was amazing,” he told Chelsea’s official website. “I love Eden’s talent and I love him as a person so I enjoy having this kind of person in my team.”

Luiz insisted that Chelsea cannot afford to get complacent, despite holding a 9 point advantage at the top of the Premier League having played each of the 4 teams beneath them away from home already.

“We played a great match,” said the defender. “We were strong, solid, we created good opportunities to score and we enjoyed the game. We are fighting for the title, but the Premier League is never easy.

“You have to concentrate in every single match and try to be first at the end of the season. It is not about the opponent, every game is very difficult so we need to be ready for everything.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Mon, 06 Feb 2017 19:28:24 +0000
<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus delighted with start to life at Manchester City]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86217_gabriel_jesus_delighted_with_start_to_life_at_manchester_city.htmlManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is delighted with his start to life at Manchester City. The Brazilian scored twice on his full home debut as City climbed to 3rd with a 2-1 win over Swansea City on Sunday.

Jesus opened the scoring in the first half and then rescued a victory with a 92nd minute winner, having been selected ahead of Sergio Aguero, “It means a lot for me, especially playing in front of our fans.

“We deserved to win, we were trying to score from the first minute, and of course I'm very happy to score these two goals. I'm very happy to get into the team so quickly and everybody at the club tries to help me get better every day.”

The brace means that Jesus has scored a double in a World Cup qualifier, the Brasileirão, Copa do Brasil, Campeanato Paulista, Copa Libertadores and the Premier League in his fledgling career. 6 of the 7 competitions he has ever played in.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Mon, 06 Feb 2017 14:16:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus was “ready when he arrived” enthuses Guardiola]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86216_gabriel_jesus_was____ready_when_he_arrived____enthuses_guardiola.htmlPep Guardiola insists that 19 year old Gabriel Jesus arrived ready, after a quick start to his Manchester City career. The Brazilian has 3 goals and 2 assists in his first 3 games for the club, after joining from Palmeiras in January.

Many expected the youngster to be eased in slowly, but he started ahead of Sergio Aguero in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Swansea City, in which Jesus scored both goals- including a stoppage time winner. “He was ready when he arrived,” enthused Guardiola.

“Jesus made a lot of things with and without the ball, we’re delighted with him with what he has done so far. It has not been easy for Sergio, I decided to stick with the three upfront because they played so well against Palace and West Ham.

“Sergio remains one of the most important players in the squad, he will play with and without Gabriel. There are 19 year olds who are physically strong and some who aren’t. This guy in the box has something special.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:43:35 +0000
<![CDATA[‘Gabriel Jesus is Manchester City’s future’ says Guardiola]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86178____gabriel_jesus_is_manchester_city___s_future____says_guardiola.htmlManchester City boss Pep Guardiola was full of praise for Gabriel Jesus after the 19 year old scored his first goal for City in the 4-0 demolition of West Ham United at the London Stadium. His first half goal made it 3-0 to the Citizens, who eventually added a 4th with a Yaya Toure penalty in the second half.

Speaking of Jesus and his colleagues Iheanacho and Leroy Sane, Guardiola said, “These three guys are the future for this club. The average age is 20 years old. You cannot see strikers as young as those in big European clubs at the moment, so that is good for the future.

“We're delighted Gabriel arrived already for the team. He's showing us his potential and his level. He is able to fight against players who are taller than him. He is young, a striker for Brazil, so he has something.”

“He wants to be a good player, and that helps a lot. He has dreams about what he wants to do in his future career. He wants to become something in world football, and we're going to try and get that for us.”

The youngster was delighted with his first goal in England, having also teed up Kevin de Bruyne’s opener, “I am really happy. I was looking forward to scoring my first goal. I also like to assist and help the team out in other ways. The adaptation process is going great, my team-mates and the club are helping me, so I can stay focused on the football.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Thu, 02 Feb 2017 21:57:00 +0000
<![CDATA[‘I’m more than just a goalscorer’ insists Gabriel Jesus]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86177____i___m_more_than_just_a_goalscorer____insists_gabriel_jesus.htmlManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus insists he is more than just a goalscorer, following his first strike for City in the 4-0 away win at West Ham United last night. The Brazilian also has 2 assists in his 3 appearances in a City shirt thus far.

Jesus began his career as a winger, before moving into a central striking role last year and he says that he is just as happy providing goals as he is scoring them, “I’m used to scoring many goals but I also like to assist and to help the team in other ways and I’m happy for it.

“If I’m in the starting line-up it’s great and if not I’m going to try to help the team any way I can. I came here to help, the adaptation process is going great, my teammates are really helping me very much, the club is really helping me so I can stay focused on football which I really like and it’s great.”

City attacker Kevin de Bruyne, who also scored in the 4-0 rout, insists that Jesus and German teenager Leroy Sané are ready to help with City’s title bid, “They [Jesus and Sane] are very sharp,” he said.

“I just thought at half time that these guys are so quick and it’s even almost impossible for us to follow them in midfield but obviously they bring great energy, they’re very young so they have a bright future and luckily they are with us.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Thu, 02 Feb 2017 21:43:22 +0000
<![CDATA[Anfield point ‘gives us confidence before Arsenal’ says David Luiz]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/86158_anfield_point____gives_us_confidence_before_arsenal____says_david_luiz.htmlChelsea defender David Luiz was satisfied with a point at Anfield on Tuesday night, as Chelsea stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League to nine points. Luiz opened the scoring with a quickly taken free-kick, but Wijnaldum equalised for the home side in the second half.

Luiz said the Blues could be happy with a draw, despite also missing a penalty during the contest, “It’s never easy to play here and to win points here,” he told Chelsea’s official website, “We had the opportunity to win the game and we were unlucky we didn’t win.

“But the other team also played very well in possession, they have amazing players. This is the atmosphere that when you are a footballer you need to be happy you have the opportunity to play this kind of game. It’s always very nice to come here and play football.

“In the end, if you look at everything, I think it was a good result and a good point. It gives us confidence before Arsenal.” Chelsea play Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime. Luiz was also delighted with his free-kick goal, his first since rejoining Chelsea in the summer.

“It’s been a long time! Sometimes you need to try the surprise. I saw he was not in position so I tried to surprise him. Sometimes in the game you need to feel the game and see the opportunity. I was happy because I did well.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-02/home/Wed, 01 Feb 2017 15:48:00 +0000