<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Jesus Delighted To Return for City]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87372_jesus_delighted_to_return_for_city.htmlGabriel Jesus was delighted to return to action for Manchester City on Thursday evening against local rivals Manchester United. The Brazilian came off the bench on 83 minutes for his first appearance since breaking a bone in his foot in February.

The 19 year old thought he had scored a late winner, but the goal was correctly ruled out for offside. Jesus told the Manchester City website, “Good, good. I am feeling very well. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to win this game, but it’s awesome to be back and be able to play.

“I only played ten minutes but physically I am well, adjusting myself quite well. Now I just need to keep on training and we shall see. I feel very well and in shape.”

Jesus refused to be downhearted, despite seeing his late strike cancelled by the linesman’s flag, “I am sad, because the goal was offside,” he said. “But apart from that, it’s great to be back knowing I could score.

“This gives me a lot of confidence to carry on and taking this into the next games. I know I can carry on doing, what I was doing before and what I like the most, which is play (football).”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:55:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Aguero Realises He Will ‘Have To Make Space’ For Gabriel Jesus Eventually]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87371_aguero_realises_he_will____have_to_make_space____for_gabriel_jesus_eventually.htmlManchester City striker Sergio Aguero says that he recognises that Gabriel Jesus will eventually take his place at City. The 28 year old Argentine joined the Manchester club in 2011 and has been a mainstay of a side that has won two league titles and an FA Cup in that time.

Aguero lost his place to the Brazilian when he arrived from Palmeiras back in January. However, a broken metatarsal bone sidelined young Jesus and Aguero has taken full advantage of winning his place back.

But in an interview with Sky Sports, Aguero said that he understands it’s only a matter of time before Jesus replaces him permanently, “Of course Gabriel is a great young player, and that's why he's at Manchester City. I know the time will come when I will have to make room for him.”

Aguero says in the short term, Jesus’ return means he will have to fight even harder for his place, “I'm happy that Gabriel has returned and that means that I will have to be much more focused and alert to continue in the starting lineup.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:18:38 +0000
<![CDATA[John Barnes Hails ‘Sensational’ Coutinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87354_john_barnes_hails____sensational____coutinho.htmlLiverpool legend John Barnes says that Philippe Coutinho is a perfect fit for the Reds’ number 10 shirt. Barnes wore the number with great distinction for close to a decade on Merseyside in the late 80s to mid 90s.

Widely considered one of the club’s greatest ever creative players, Barnes said of the Brazilian, “He’s sensational, he’s fantastic. In many respects, even if he had a different number on his back, he would be a No.10.

“As much as he has a number 10 on his back, he plays as a No.10 will play, even if he was No.7, No.8, No.9, No.6. He plays as a creative player and as an attacking creative player. The No.10 role has now become identifiable with a position.

“So I think that any player like Philippe Coutinho going to any club and he is the Philippe Coutinho at a particular club, they would want to be the No.10 and would identify with it.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:29:00 +0000
<![CDATA[‘Gabriel Jesus and Aguero Can Play Together’ Insists Guardiola]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87353____gabriel_jesus_and_aguero_can_play_together____insists_guardiola.htmlManchester City manager Pep Guardiola says that Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus can play as a strike pairing if the occasion grants it. The two occupy a similar role and have tended to operate as lone strikers in City’s system.

19-year old Jesus had even won his place upfront ahead of the Argentine prior to breaking a metatarsal in February. Aguero has been in good form since the injury to the young Brazilian, who is ready to play in tonight’s Manchester derby for the first time in nearly 3 months.

But Guardiola denies that it is always strictly a case of choosing between Jesus and Aguero. In his pre Manchester derby press conference, Guardiola told reporters, “Yeah, they can play together.

“It depends on the way we want to play. If you want to play without wingers - more narrow - they can play. All the players can play together.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:42:06 +0000
<![CDATA[Costa Was ‘Saving His Goals’ For the Run-In, Jokes Conte]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87331_costa_was____saving_his_goals____for_the_run-in__jokes_conte.htmlChelsea manager Antonio Conte joked that striker Diego Costa was saving his goals for the business end of the season, after Costa broke his scoring duck with a brace in the Blues’ 4-2 win over Southampton at Stamford Bridge last night.

Costa had been on a 6 game scoring drought and lost his place in the starting line-up for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham. Costa was restored to the starting XI on Tuesday and rewarded his manager’s faith with two goals.

"It's important for forwards to score because the goal is your life," the Chelsea manager said. “I always told him I was pleased with his commitment and work and he always worked for the team. I was always confident for him.

“I told you I am sure he is keeping his goals for the final part of the season,” Conte quipped. “Everyone feels a bit of pressure - the players, the club and also the fans who want to try and win after the past season."

On the subject of Costa’s future, Conte was tight lipped, with rumours continuing to circulate about his future in London, “I continue to be focused on this moment and I'm reading a lot of speculation about all of us.

“It's right to be focused. I'm sure they are focused on our target and it's normal and part of this season to have someone to put problems in your team.”

"We must be stronger than this speculation

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:55:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Tite Breaks Silence on Rogerio Micale Row]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87330_tite_breaks_silence_on_rogerio_micale_row.htmlBrazil boss Tite has broken his silence on the departure of U-20 coach Rogerio Micale. Rogerio, who won the Olympic title with the Seleção last August, left his position in February, amidst reports of a disagreement with Tite and Edu Gaspar, Brazil’s selection coordinator.

Rogerio suggested that Tite had tried to take credit for the Olympic triumph in 2016, but Tite dismissed these words in an interview with Lance! “I'm going to talk about myself, I'm not going to comment on his statements or what he said at the time,”  Tite explained.

“First: I have a personal and professional respect for Micale, for the relationship we had. Secondly, all the merits of winning the Olympic medal were Micale, Serginho, Odair, Maia and all of the technical staff.

“Thirdly: we did not have the condition to talk because, ethically, I believe that these subjects should be personally addressed as I have always sought; whether good or bad. What's more, he is a professional and is fully prepared to work in a professional hierarchy.

“I told him this when he was a champion. H will be wanted by any team. I have sometimes interacted with Guilherme (Della Dea, from the U-15s) and Carlos Amadeu (from the U-17s). But each of us has autonomy,” the coach pointed out.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:34:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Arsene Wenger Sings the Praises of Gabriel]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87301_arsene_wenger_sings_the_praises_of_gabriel.htmlArsenal boss Arsene Wenger reserved special praise for his Brazilian centre half Gabriel, after seeing his Gunners side defeat Manchester City 2-1 in Sunday’s F.A. Cup semi-final at Wembley. The Gunners will meet Chelsea in the final on May 27th.

Gabriel played as part of a back 3 and had an excellent game against the Manchester club. Wenger explained the thinking behind playing the ex-Villarreal stopper on the right side of a back 3 against City.

“Well, Gabriel has played some positive games as a right-back. I felt that he has good pace, and today I felt that he could intervene for Oxlade-Chamberlain on Sane going through. Sane goes through a lot in behind and I felt that he had the pace to cover, to tackle and he did that very well.

“Especially in the second half when I think he saved three of four balls. So I just thought he was well-suited for this position. He played right-back, he played centre back and he plays at the moment in a position that is between the two.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:55:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Luiz ‘Delighted’ To Reach FA Cup Final]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87300_luiz____delighted____to_reach_fa_cup_final.htmlChelsea defender David Luiz has expressed his delight at reaching the FA Cup Final, following the Blues’ 4-2 win over Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday evening. The win means they will face Arsenal in the showpiece final on May 27th.

Luiz, who was voted man of the match, told Chelsea.com, “It was a big game, we knew it would be tough against fantastic players, but we are very happy because we won. Now we think about the next challenge, against Southampton.”

Chelsea currently lead Spurs in the league by four points, with the domestic double an achievable target, “The Premier League is a different competition, we know Spurs are a fantastic team and they won’t be too down just because they lost one game, so it will be difficult until the end.”

The Brazilian had some kind words for manager Antonio Conte too, “He’s a fantastic person before a fantastic manager, so we talk a lot, every day, because we have a great relationship,” he explained.

“We try to give our best for our club and he tries to help me with his intelligence for football to improve my football so I am very happy to work with him. He did an amazing job in this game.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:32:38 +0000
<![CDATA[David Luiz “Loves” Spurs “Monsters”]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87266_david_luiz____loves____spurs____monsters___.htmlChelsea defender David Luiz has professed his admiration for Tottenham ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final between the teams at Wembley. The Premier League’s top two teams face off for a place in the final this Saturday and the Brazilian has showered his opponents with praise.

“For me they are an amazing team with an amazing coach in Maurico Pochettino. They are the best physical team in the League. All 11 players are monsters. I love that team,” Luiz told the Evening Standard.

“It will be a difficult game for us. We need to be ready to play against one of the best sides in this League. But it was always going to be hard when you reach a semi-final.

"Will we have to be monsters too? Yes. Chelsea also have some monsters and play like a monster like N’Golo Kante. We have different kind of monsters. It will be a fantastic game, both clubs are in amazing shape. It will be a top-quality match to watch and you have to play top quality to win."

Luiz was voted into the PFA Team of 2016-17, alongside clubmate Gary Cahill, with Spurs full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose either side of him.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:38:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Luiz Happy To Hear Gary Neville Retract ‘Playstation’ Criticism]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87265_luiz_happy_to_hear_gary_neville_retract____playstation____criticism.htmlChelsea centre half David Luiz is happy with Gary Neville’s retraction of his stinging criticism of the Brazilian back in 2013. Sky pundit Neville had previously said Luiz played like “he was being controlled by a ten year old on the Playstation” during his previous spell at the club.

Luiz left for PSG in the summer of 2013, but returned to Stamford Bridge last summer. Luiz has been revitalised in a back 3 at the Blues this year, with Chelsea leading the Premier League table by four points.

The Brazilian has been voted into the PFA Team of the Year, causing Neville to revise his critique. “Of course, it’s nice to hear this from players who know their football, have played and won a lot. I’m a positive guy and I always imagine the best for me.

“I’m also realistic. When I came back I knew I was going to play in the most difficult League in the world. It was difficult for us at the beginning, but now we, not just me, are playing very well. It’s good to be in this way.

"Of course, I’m happy, but the season is not over. Football changes from one day to the next, so I keep my feet on the floor, stay grounded. I keep my humility. People ask me if this is the best form of my career.

“I don’t remember the past, I’m getting old! But I do think I’m playing very well. I’m older and have more experience. I am more mature and I am happy with this. I am playing in a more tactical position. I need to be ready to occupy the space of the others.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:03:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Dani Alves Admits to Mixed Feelings on Winning Return to Nou Camp]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87245_dani_alves_admits_to_mixed_feelings_on_winning_return_to_nou_camp.htmlJuventus right-back Dani Alves has admitted to mixed feelings, after his new team secured qualification for the Champions League semi-finals. Juve defeated Barcelona 3-0 in Turin last week and completed the job with a 0-0 draw at the Nou Camp last night.

Alves spent 8 years with Barcelona, winning six La Liga titles, three Champions Leagues and 4 Copa del Reyes, before leaving for Turin last summer. He confessed to feeling a little sorry for his former teammates after Juve’s progression.

“It is inevitable that you do not have the feeling (when facing Barcelona), but you have to help your teammates and do their job," he told Esporte Interativo. "To qualify today is to eliminate the best team in the world,” he said.

“On so many occasions they have won, it is a team that has so many stars. This made the tie a bit more difficult.” With Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Monaco also through, Alves would not be drawn on a preferred semi-final opponent.

“I believe that such a time arrives in the competition, it is difficult to choose an opponent, to find someone easy. I believe that all have great merit and the opponent we have to face, we will have to prepare very thoroughly.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:28:00 +0000
<![CDATA[David Luiz Voted into PFA Team of the Year]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87244_david_luiz_voted_into_pfa_team_of_the_year.htmlChelsea defender David Luiz has been voted into the PFA Team of the Season by his peers. The Brazilian was voted as one of the two best centre halves of the campaign, alongside clubmate and central defensive partner Gary Cahill.

Luiz was a surprise signing from Paris Saint Germain on deadline day in August, having left the London club for PSG back in 2013. With the Blues looking for a centre half, they settled on Luiz on the final day of the summer window in a £30m deal.

He has been a revelation at the heart of a back 3, with The Blues currently leading the league table by four points with seven games left. Luiz’s reputation was not always solid during his first spell in England and he has since lost his place in the Brazil squad.

However, he has formed a key part of Chelsea’s defensive unit, earning wide spread plaudits for his assured performances. The PFA Team of 2016-17 reads as follows: De Gea, Walker, Luiz, Cahill, Rose, Hazard, Alli, Kante, Mane, Lukaku, Kane.

Luiz joins Sylvinho (2000-01) and Philippe Coutinho (2014-15) as Brazilians to be voted into the Team of the Year, which is decided by players and coaches.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:25:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Neymar Heaps Praise on Gabriel Jesus]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87230_neymar_heaps_praise_on_gabriel_jesus.htmlBrazil star Neymar Junior has highlighted Gabriel Jesus as his favourite young attacking talent in football. The pair have struck up a good relationship at international level and won Olympic gold together for Brazil last August.

When asked by Goal.com who his favourite emerging attacking talents are, the Brazilian answered, “Of the new generation, I like (Antoine) Griezmann very much, but I have a great affection for Gabriel Jesus.

"I love him for how he plays and because we play together in the Selecao and we did at the Rio Olympic Games. Gabriel Jesus has entered the main Seleção very well, he is a boy with a lot of potential."

Jesus has returned to training for Manchester City, whom he joined from Palmeiras in January, after breaking his foot in January. Jesus had made a flying start to life at City and expects to return to first team duty in the coming games.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:19:00 +0000
<![CDATA[‘We Have To Look Ahead’ Says David Luiz]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87229____we_have_to_look_ahead____says_david_luiz.htmlChelsea defender David Luiz insists that Chelsea have to look ahead after their lead at the top of the Premier League was cut to four points this weekend. The Blues lost 2-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday, meaning Spurs sit only 4 points behind Chelsea at the head of the table.

The Chelsea squad was wracked with illness prior to the defeat at Old Trafford, but Luiz was not looking for excuses, telling the Chelsea website, “We didn’t play well, Manchester United played better than us and they deserved to win.”

Left-wing back Marcos Alonso had to withdraw from the starting line-up due to illness, but Luiz denies that this disrupted their planning, “This kind of thing can happen. He felt a bit sick so that is why we had to change but it didn’t affect the game because Marcos did not play, we lost because we did not play very well and it was not the Chelsea like before and sometimes this happens.”

The Brazilian also suggests that his team have to look ahead to the final seven fixtures and not dwell on the result, “Tottenham are playing very well, but also we are top of the table for a reason and we still have to play a lot of football, so we need to look forward and play the next games.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:46:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Lucas Will Discuss Liverpool Future at the end of the season]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87224_lucas_will_discuss_liverpool_future_at_the_end_of_the_season.htmlLucas Leiva insists he will not discuss his Liverpool future until the end of the season. The Brazilian nearly left the club for Galatasaray last summer and was subject to intense interest from Inter Milan in January.

After ten years at Liverpool, Lucas is no longer a first team regular and may choose to leave in pursuit of regular first team football. But the 30 year old will not be drawn on his long term future with the season very much alive.

“There is no doubt about my commitment to Liverpool, I just need to wait until the end of the season, work hard and make a decision together with the club.

“I have been here long enough and if the time comes for me to go somewhere else I think I will leave with the feeling that I did everything I could.”

The Brazilian is focused on Liverpool remaining in the top 4 and qualifying for the Champions League next season, “The top four is possible and looks good at this moment, but we still have five games to go.

“These kind of wins [against West Brom] always give you a lot of confidence. We need to keep going now and maintain out focus.” 

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:26:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Fred Issues Rallying Cry Ahead of Galo Tie With Libertad]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87223_fred_issues_rallying_cry_ahead_of_galo_tie_with_libertad.htmlIn form Fred says that Atlético Mineiro are relaxed ahead of their meeting with Libertad in Paraguay this week. The Brazilian side face Libertad on Wednesday night in their third group encounter in the Copa Libertadores, having taken four points from their first two games.

Fred scored 4 goals in 21 minutes against Sport Boys in Belo Horizonte this week, but he is not expecting to repeat the feat in Asuncion, “It would be perfect [to score four again], but a win would be better still.

“If we get 1-0 and we win, we are satisfied too. Our sole and primary goal is victory,” Fred pointed out. The striker has 15 goals in 13 games so far this season with Atlético in the semi-final of the Campeonato Mineiro.

“The players know our responsibilities. We have a lot of confidence in each other, things will work out for us. Our thoughts are only positive, we are not bothered with anything. We are aware that our work is being done with great dedication. Everyone trying to do their best.

“We are in a semi-final of the Campeonato Mineiro, top of our Libertadores group. Internally, our trust in each other is very great. We know we have a lot of quality. Let's join forces to be more and more strong, united and bring everyone to our side.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:54:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Seleção Recall “Not an Obsession” for in form Fred]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87201_selecao_recall____not_an_obsession____for_in_form_fred.htmlAtlético Mineiro striker Fred says that he is not preoccupied with thoughts of a recall to the international scene. The 33 year old striker has been in top form for Galo of late, with 15 goals in 13 matches.

He netted four in 21 minutes against Bolivia’s Sport Boys in the Copa Libertadores this week, making him the country’s in form striker. Fred effectively retired from international football in the wake of the 2014 World Cup, wherein he received wide criticism.

Back on form and happier with life in his hometown of Belo Horizonte, Fred says he is not thinking of a recall, “My whole life is bound to be the will of God. I had said that Seleção is not an obsession, but that I would feel honoured, because this is the peak of the profession.

“But I'm happy to wear the Galo shirt, to live in this moment, to feel important.” Fred was a childhood Atlético fan, but has represented Cruzeiro and América Mineiro too before he left for Europe to play for Lyon.

“I do not even care if I'm the best striker. We have big attackers. I know that sometimes some people have better times than others. I think I'm among the best. But being the best is a lot at the moment, just to be among the top five attackers, I'm already satisfied.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:48:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Neymar Not Concerned About Ballon D’Or]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87200_neymar_not_concerned_about_ballon_d___or.htmlBarcelona attacker Neymar Junior insists that he is not preoccupied with thoughts of winning the Ballon D’Or this year. The Brazilian came third in 2016 behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, with the pair now in their 30s, Neymar seems ready to take the crown.

The ex Santos man is considered one of the favourites for the 2016 award, but he says he is not thinking about it, “I do not think of being the best in the world, it's not something I prioritize,” he told Esporte Interativo.

“Of course winning the Ballon D’Or is a big dream, but it comes naturally. It does not matter where I am or who I am playing for, whether it is the best team or not, but my game on the field. If I'm okay, things will happen.”

Neymar also reiterated his satisfaction with life at the Nou Camp, having signed a new contract last year, “I'm feeling really good in Barcelona, I'm happy here, and every player likes to play with great players.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:16:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Klopp Not Concerned by Ongoing Coutinho Barcelona Speculation]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87189_klopp_not_concerned_by_ongoing_coutinho_barcelona_speculation.htmlLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists that he is relaxed about transfer speculation that continues to swirl around star player Philippe Coutinho, with rumours linking the Brazilian with a move to the Nou Camp refusing to die down.

Coutinho signed a new deal with The Reds in January which is understood to contain no clauses making a transfer to Catalonia easier. However, rumours persists that the Barcelona hierarchy remain keen on the ex-Vasco and Inter man.

“I am not concerned because I think Phil fits really well here and is comfortable here,” Klopp said during his Friday press conference, “I think it is actually positive when there is interest. It shows it’s good.

“Phil had a difficult time with injury, coming back fighting for his shape, and I would say that’s normal. In the last three games, you can see immediately, when he is in a little bit of shape, how big the difference is he can have in a game.

“That’s wonderful for us. But I am not concerned (about Barcelona) actually, because we give the boys enough perspective that they really want to be part of this for the next few years.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:12:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Costa Reveals That He Joined Chelsea for Mourinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87188_costa_reveals_that_he_joined_chelsea_for_mourinho.htmlDiego Costa says that ex-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was the reason he joined The Blues in the summer of 2014. The striker left Atletico Madrid for London and won a league title with Chelsea in his first season.

Chelsea and Costa endured a nightmare second season, finishing 10th in the league when a number of players, including Costa, appeared to fall out with Jose Mourinho, who was subsequently sacked by Roma Abramovic.

But Costa says Mourinho was the main attraction for him when he decided to come to the Premier League, “In all honesty I always tell people I am grateful to Mourinho because he helped me a lot,” Costa told Sky Sports.

“As a player when you want to improve you always look for the best coach and Mourinho is one of the best. I wanted to come to Chelsea because of Mourinho. When I considered Chelsea I thought about the fact that Mourinho was here.

“He is a coach that demands a lot from his players, he wants the maximum.” Costa faces his old coach this afternoon, as Chelsea travel to Old Trafford, where Jose Mourinho is currently in the Manchester United hotseat. 

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Sun, 16 Apr 2017 16:50:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Drogba; “Luiz Has Helped Bring Chelsea Spirit Back”]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87178_drogba_____luiz_has_helped_bring_chelsea_spirit_back___.htmlChelsea legend Didier Drogba says that Antonio Conte has helped bring the spirit back into the Chelsea camp and he has highlighted the signing of David Luiz as a crucial part of that. Luiz rejoined the club in the summer after 3 years away with Paris Saint Germain.

Luiz has not always enjoyed a good reputation in England, where Sky pundit Gary Neville once said he defended as though “he was being controlled by a ten year old kid on the Playstation.” But the Brazilian has formed part of a back 3 that has been the cornerstone of Chelsea’s campaign.

The Blues lead the Premier League table by seven points with seven games remaining and Drogba said, “They’ve got the spirit back," Drogba told the Mirror, “To have players like David Luiz back, bringing his experience, he knows the club already.

“Gary Cahill, Eden, Diego, Matic, Azpilicueta — all these guys have already won titles. There’s a kind of continuity. It was a smart move to bring David Luiz back to the Bridge when at first people were saying they shouldn’t. I knew what he could bring to the club.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Sat, 15 Apr 2017 12:31:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Coutinho and Firmino Can’t Do It Alone, Insists Klopp]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87177_coutinho_and_firmino_can___t_do_it_alone__insists_klopp.htmlJurgen Klopp is relishing the partnership between Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, but suggests the team needs to contribute more because they cannot be expected to win games on their own.

With Sadio Mane out for the season, a greater onus has fallen on the Brazilians in attack, whose goals won the game against Stoke City last weekend after the Reds had fallen a goal behind at the Potteries.

But Klopp wants greater contribution from their teammates in attack, “It's very important that players can play together, but if they are only two then it's pretty difficult still. Gini Wijnaldum said it after the game, I think.

“Yes, they had a big impact on the game, that's 100 per cent true, but the whole team played better in the second half. If we would have played like that in the first half and Roberto and Phil would have been on the pitch, I can only imagine if the difference would still have been that big.

"But with all playing better and these two highest quality players on the pitch, we could change the game. That was fantastic, really good. They are best friends probably and they play together for Brazil too, which helps us.

"But, again, if they tried to do it alone... no chance. It's about fitting in the game, fitting in the team and obviously they are that good that they would fit in nearly each team. It's good to have them here."

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Sat, 15 Apr 2017 11:58:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Paulinho Coveted By Bayern, According to Reports]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87142_paulinho_coveted_by_bayern__according_to_reports.htmlAccording to French radio station RMC Sport, Brazil midfielder Paulinho has emerged as a shock target for Bayern Munich. Paulinho moved from Corinthians to Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, but endured a miserable two years in London.

He has since moved to Gangzhou Evergrande in China. But he has reappeared on the radar with his recent performances for Brazil. Paulinho was a surprise call into the Seleção squad under Tite, with whom he worked at Corinthians with such distinction.

Paulinho was on the scoresheet against Argentina in Belo Horizonte in November, before bagging a hat trick in Montevideo against Uruguay last month. His exploits for his national team have reportedly alerted Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Paulinho would be viewed as competition for Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal at Bayern and RMC reports that the Bavarian giants are keen to tempt Paulinho away from China for another crack at Europe. He also had spells in Lithuania and Poland earlier in his career.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:11:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Coutinho Only Second To Neymar, Says Juninho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87141_coutinho_only_second_to_neymar__says_juninho.htmlMiddlesbrough legend Juninho Paulista says that Neymar is the only Brazilian footballer better than Philippe Coutinho. Coutinho surpassed Juninho’s Premier League record for a Brazilian on Saturday, with his 30th goal in the English top flight.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Juninho was delighted for a player of Coutinho’s quality to take his record, “I am delighted that he takes my record. I can't think of anyone better - the record couldn't be in better hands.

“Coutinho can be considered, after Neymar, the best player in Brazil. He's a different class and he deserves everything he is achieving because he has worked very hard for it.” Juninho, himself a playmaker during his time at Boro and Atletico Madrid, highlighted the Liverpool man’s greatest attribute.

“If you have an intelligence to your game then you can find the space on the pitch and because the game in England is so fast, that means a lot of the time it is also very open. One of Coutinho's biggest qualities is that ability to find the space.

“People think that type of player will have more difficulties adapting to English football than say Spanish football but in England I found a lot more space than I did in Spain. The intensity is there but if you get past the first wave of pressure then the pitch opens up."

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:55:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Coutinho Hails Lucas Leiva’s Importance]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87140_coutinho_hails_lucas_leiva___s_importance.htmlPhilippe Coutinho has outlined the importance of teammate Lucas Leiva in helping him to settle into life at Liverpool. Coutinho arrived on Merseyside in January 2013, when Lucas had already been at the club for six years.

Now the ranks are swelled by further by the 2015 arrival of Roberto Firmino. Coutinho told Liverpool’s official magazine that compatriot Lucas’ presence has been very important to his acclimatisation to England.

“Since I arrived at the club it’s been very important - it was important to have Lucas here at the time I first came as he speaks the same language as me. He’s been at Liverpool for 10 years and he’d already been here six or seven years when I joined.

“He knows the city very well, so yes it’s very important that we’ve got a group of Brazilians here and that we can speak our language to each other. That makes it very good. We bring a little bit of Brazil to Liverpool.

“At home I eat Brazilian foods, I have friends who come over to visit me and they bring things for me - typical foods from Brazil.  And of course we’ve also got very good Brazilian restaurants in this city as well.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:39:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Coutinho Relishing Firmino Partnership]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87139_coutinho_relishing_firmino_partnership.htmlLiverpool’s Philippe Coutinho is enjoying playing with friend and compatriot Roberto Firmino. The pair were on target in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium and have formed part of a fluid front 3 with The Reds this year, alongside Sadio Mane.

Coutinho told the official Liverpool magazine that he loves playing with his international teammate at club level, “Roberto is a clever player. He makes those diagonal runs that are so important to our play at Liverpool,” he explained.

“He’s always available to receive the ball on his own up there and, even if he doesn’t get a chance on goal for himself, he helps to create opportunities for us,” the 24-year old continued. “Roberto is a great guy. He has a lot of quality on the ball, and is physically very strong too.

“We’re playing together here and we know each other well, so when we’re playing for Brazil, we’re already familiar with each other’s movement. Whenever we get the chance to play or train together, it’s great that we already have that understanding.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:06:06 +0000
<![CDATA[Early Qualification Down to Brazil Players, Says Tite]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87104_early_qualification_down_to_brazil_players__says_tite.htmlBrazil boss Tite says that the team’s early qualification for the 2018 World Cup is entirely down to the players. Brazil have been revolutionised under the new coach, who has taken them from 6th to 1st in the CONMEBOL rankings by winning all 8 of his games in charge.

However, the ex-Corinthians boss was keen to emphasise that he has a great squad of players with a good blend of experience, “I do not know what I did. I know what I did not. Some things are essential, one of them is the quality of the players.

“Without quality I do not see any coach being successful over time. We have a good quality, players in a moment of maturity, others already in full form, young players coming up. It’s a very good mix,” he explained

“We just needed confidence and the game against Ecuador was fundamental to rescue that confidence,” he said, referring to Brazil’s 3-0 win in Quito in September in his first match in charge. Brazil will play friendlies against Australia and Argentina in Melbourne in June as they prepare for Russia next year.

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:43:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Coutinho Delighted to Become Premier League’s Highest Scoring Brazilian]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87103_coutinho_delighted_to_become_premier_league___s_highest_scoring_brazilian.htmlLiverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho is delighted to be recognised as the top scoring Brazilian in the English top flight. His effort against Stoke on Saturday took him to 30 Premier League goals, surpassing Juninho Paulista’s total for Middlesbrough.

Coutinho, who was nearly ruled out of the visit to Stoke, told the Liverpool website, “I am happy for that. I want to keep going to keep scoring and helping my team and keep learning from my manager.

“They (the club) asked me to stay at home because I was not feeling well but I wanted to be here. I wanted to be involved with the team. The manager decided (to put him on the bench) because I was not 100 per cent.

Coutinho hit the equaliser, before compatriot Roberto Firmino scored the winner two minutes later. But the Brazilian insisted it was a team effort, “No. The team played well, created more chances and then we scored but I think the team played well not just individuals. It was a big win. There are a lot of points to fight for and every game for us is important.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:01:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Coutinho Becomes Top Scoring Brazilian in the English Top Flight]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87094_coutinho_becomes_top_scoring_brazilian_in_the_english_top_flight.htmlLiverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho is now officially the highest scoring Brazilian in England’s top flight. His effort for the Reds in their 2-1 win over Stoke at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday took him to 30 goals in the Premier League.

In doing so, he overtook Juninho Paulista’s total of 29, accrued in three separate spells at Middlesbrough. Coutinho drew the game level for Liverpool as they trailed Stoke and two minutes later, his compatriot Roberto Firmino scored the winner.

Coutinho arrived on Merseyside in January 2013 from Inter Milan and is continuously linked with a move to Barcelona. He had suffered for form after a returning from an ankle injury in January, but with goals against Everton and Stoke in the last week, he has returned to his early season form.

Coutinho was a huge doubt for the Stoke game after a sickness bug forced him off during the midweek draw with Bournemouth. Jurgen Klopp revealed that Coutinho had lost 3 kilos since Wednesday.

“Most people would be happy with this,” Klopp joked, “But for a professional athlete it is not so good.”

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Sun, 09 Apr 2017 12:24:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Neymar ‘World’s Best’ Says Tite]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/87093_neymar____world___s_best____says_tite.htmlBrazil coach Tite says that on current form Neymar is the best footballer in the world. The Barcelona forward is enjoying another outstanding season for club and country, taking his game to a new level during the campaign.

And his national team manager thinks that he is outstripping Messi and Ronaldo at the moment. Speaking to Associated Press, Tite purred, “In the last four months, the best is Neymar,” though he admitted that over the last decade, there is no doubting Ronaldo and Messi’s dominance.

Neymar relinquished the Seleção captaincy when Tite arrived as coach last year, with Tite opting to rotate the armband. Neymar took his turn to captain again during last month’s 3-0 win over Parguay in São Paulo and responded with a goal and another excellent display.

“I told him I wanted him to feel comfortable in that role," Tite said, adding that Neymar replied: "'You can count on me. I'm ready.'"

http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2017-04/home/Sun, 09 Apr 2017 11:53:20 +0000