<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Ederson and Fernandinho Voted into PFA Team of the Year]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95305_ederson_and_fernandinho_voted_into_pfa_team_of_the_year.htmlManchester City’s Ederson and Fernandinho have been voted into the Professional Footballers Association team of the year. The pair were voted into a team comprised of 6 Manchester City players, four Liverpool players and Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.

Ederson and Fernandinho represent Brazil in the team. Ederson has become renowned for revolutionising what goalkeepers are capable of with their feet, having notched 3 assists this season with his long kicking. He fended off strong competition from his compatriot and Brazil number 1 Alisson of Liverpool, who has been a revelation since joining the club from Roma last summer. Compare the best betting sites and money back specials for new & existing customers.

Ederson has been outstanding since joining City from Benfica back in the summer of 2017, he has won a league title at the Etihad already and City currently lead the league table with three games remaining. Fernandinho has also been recognised for his performances at the base of Pep Guardiola’s midfield.

Fernandinho has become a key part of Pep Guardiola’s record breaking Manchester City team. He has also taken some time out from international duty this season after receiving a torrent of abuse for his performance against Belgium in last summer’s World Cup. Ederson and Fernandinho are the first Brazilians to feature in the PFA Team of the Year since Chelsea’s David Luiz in 2016-17.

Other Brazilians voted into the team are Sylvinho (2000-01) and Philippe Coutinho (2014-15), while Chelsea’s Diego Costa was also voted into the team in 2014-15. Sylvinho was voted in for his performances in an Arsenal shirt in 2000-01 at left-back, though he was sold by Arsenal in the summer of 2001 and replaced by Ashley Cole. Coutinho’s collection of long range strikes for Liverpool sealed his presence in the team in 2015. Coutinho moved to Barcelona in a deal worth £114m last summer.

The curiosity is that neither Fernandinho nor Ederson are first choices for Brazil. Ederson is understudy to Alisson, while Fernandinho, though a valued member of Tite’s squad, is second choice to Real Madrid’s Casemiro in midfield. Fernandinho has decided to make himself available for this summer’s Copa America, but in the meantime, Pep Guardiola continues to struggle to find a long term replacement for his midfield player. Guardiola tried to sign Jorginho and Fred, who ended up at Chelsea and Manchester United respectively.

Aged 34, Guardiola needs to find an heir to Ferna at the base of his midfield, a player whose qualities the manager is very effusive about. Fernandinho beat off competition from the likes of Fabinho, Granit Xhaka, Moussa Sissoko, Declan Rice and Abdoulaye Dacoure to be voted into the 2018-19 team of the season.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Thu, 25 Apr 2019 14:40:40 +0000
<![CDATA[David Luiz Accuses Burnley of ‘Anti-Football’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95294_david_luiz_accuses_burnley_of____anti-football___.htmlChelsea defender David Luiz has accused Burnley of time wasting tactics after the teams drew 2-2 on Monday evening at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea were upset with the visitors for time wasting tactics and Clarets keeper Tom Heaton was booked as early as the 31 st minute for taking too long over a goal kick.

A frustrated Luiz told Sky Sports, “It&#39;s anti-football. Losing time all the time, especially when you have the ball. Their players went to the floor and stopped the game.

“They were playing 11 inside the box. It&#39;s difficult to score against a team like that. It&#39;s difficult when you play against a team who have two chances and score two goals and didn&#39;t want to play the game.”

The draw puts Chelsea back into the top 4, but having played a game more than Arsenal, who travel to Wolves on Wednesday evening.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Tue, 23 Apr 2019 08:27:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Fabinho ‘OK’ After Clash of Heads Says Klopp]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95293_fabinho____ok____after_clash_of_heads_says_klopp.htmlLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says that Fabinho is ok after a clash of heads during Sunday’s 2-0 win over Cardiff City.

The win puts Liverpool back on the top of the Premier League, but Fabinho had to go off after a clash of heads with a Cardiff player.

“It was very unlucky. Fabinho is OK but he had a bit of shaky legs and that’s of course not a good sign in the moment,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.

“It’s a 100 per cent ‘yes’ or go off; if it’s 95 per cent in that game in that position, we cannot make that decision [to stay on]. It’s all good.”

Liverpool now watch on nervously as title rivals Manchester City take on Manchester United on Wednesday evening as they bid to overtake the Reds at the summit.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Tue, 23 Apr 2019 07:43:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Fabinho Relishing ‘Decisive’ Run In]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95273_fabinho_relishing____decisive____run_in.htmlLiverpool midfielder Fabinho says he and his teammates are keeping their feet on the ground, but relishing a series of decisive games that will define their season.

The Reds are top of the Premier League and look forward to a Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.

“We are in a good moment, a decisive moment in the season, but now we need to give our maximum for the next games,” he told Goal.com.

“We have to play some important games, starting against Cardiff on Sunday. We can enjoy victories a little, but we must always focus on the next game.

“I don’t know if we are stronger at the moment, we are realistic. Against Porto for example, we suffered in some difficult moments. But we scored from the opportunities that we made and we were able to kill the game off.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Fri, 19 Apr 2019 11:34:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Lucas Moura Still Undecided About VAR]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95272_lucas_moura_still_undecided_about_var.htmlSpurs winger Lucas Moura admits that he still doesn’t have a firm opinion on the implementation of VAR in football, even after Manchester City had a stoppage time winner ruled out against his side in their Champions League quarter-final clash.

Raheem Sterling thought he had scored a stoppage time clincher, only to have the goal overturned by the VAR. Moura experienced the whirlwind of emotion in that thirty seconds, but says he is still undecided on its benefits.

“It’s a subject I still confess I’m adapting to. I don’t have an opinion yet. The point is that football gets fairer. The referee there made the right decisions by looking at the VAR,” Lucas Moura told Esporte Interativo.

“Of course, sometimes it makes the game slower because it stops it and there’s the thing of celebrating, then stopping to look at the VAR. But we can’t deny that football is fairer. Maybe if we were disqualified here today and saw later that it was with an offside goal, it would hurt.

“I hope it will come to improve football, as it has been, as it was today, with the right decisions. And there on the pitch, we have to do our best regardless of the decisions of VAR or the referee.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Fri, 19 Apr 2019 10:16:34 +0000
<![CDATA[Lucas Moura Was ‘Practically Crying’ After Sterling Stoppage Time ‘Goal’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95266_lucas_moura_was____practically_crying____after_sterling_stoppage_time____goal___.htmlSpurs winger Lucas Moura says he was ‘practically crying’ when it seemed that Raheem Sterling’s 92 nd minute strike had knocked them out of the Champions League at the death.

Spurs went through on away goals after a breathless 4-3 defeat at the Etihad, but City thought they had snatched it in stoppage time, only to see Raheem Sterling’s strike chalked off by the VAR for offside.

Lucas admits he had already begun processing the disappointment, telling Esportivo Interativo, “I was on the bench for Sterling’s goal and from the bench you can’t see if it’s offside or not. So I was there in distress, so my reaction was to bow my head.

“I was practically crying, mourning it already and listening to the noise of the stadium during the celebration. But when I lifted my head to look at the screen, I see that it was disallowed, and it was a blast.

“Man, really, it’s hard to explain. It’s the first time I have gone through this. All I could do was look up, thank God, there were only a few minutes to go. I guess it was meant to be that way.

“I think it was for us to qualify. Because our team fought hard, we had a great match there in London, and today we came here against one of our favourite teams. I think that the qualification was deserved. Now we rest and think of Ajax, which is sure to be difficult.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Thu, 18 Apr 2019 17:24:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Teammates Defend Coutinho for Celebration]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95265_teammates_defend_coutinho_for_celebration.htmlPhillipe Coutinho’s Barcelona teammates have defended the Brazilian’s goal celebration after scoring in Barca’s 3-0 win over Manchester United on Tuesday.

Coutinho scored the final goal in a 4-0 aggregate win from outside the area and immediately turned to the Nou Camp faithful with his fingers in his ears.

The ex-Liverpool man has come in for criticism since joining the club last January for a fee of £114m and there are suggestions Barca would already be willing to cut their losses.

Coutinho’s celebration appeared to be in response to critics in the home crowd and he enjoyed the backing of his colleagues.

“I do not care about the celebration, what matters to me is the goal. Coutinho is a great player, he has balls,” said Clement Lenglet.

Sergio Busquets added, “I did not see anything. I know he celebrated with anger, with desire. It was an important goal for him after the criticism he has received. He is a world- class player.”

However, former Barcelona attacker and compatriot Rivaldo thinks the gesture was ill- advised, “It is never good to do this with fans,” he told Marca.

“It wasn’t a good gesture. He scored a great goal, but fans criticise players when they know they can give more.

“I don’t know what happens for the rest of the week, what he reads in the papers or sees on TV, but he has to keep working, think of the next game and score more goals.

“If he keeps scoring goals and playing well, everything will change for him.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Thu, 18 Apr 2019 16:02:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Alisson Refusing To Take Porto Lightly]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95259_alisson_refusing_to_take_porto_lightly.htmlLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson has warned his teammates not to take FC Porto lightly when the Reds travel to Portugal tonight for their Champions League quarter-final second leg.

Liverpool take a commanding 2-0 lead to Portugal, as they bid to make the semi-finals. But Alisson has warned his side against underestimating Porto.

“We gave ourselves a good advantage in England but we cannot go into this game thinking it will be easy. Quite the opposite.

“Porto are one of the most traditional clubs in Europe and they are very strong at home. They have lots of quality and we need to be alert from the first minute.

“Our focus in this game will need to be very high because any mistakes that we make will be very costly.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Wed, 17 Apr 2019 08:44:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Fernandinho In Contention for Crunch Spurs Match]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95258_fernandinho_in_contention_for_crunch_spurs_match.htmlManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hinted that midfielder Fernandinho will be available as his side aim to overturn a 1-0 deficit at home to Spurs in the Champions League quarter- final tonight.

City lost the first leg 1-0 at White Hart Lane and need a big performance at the Etihad to overturn the arrears. Guardiola says that Fernandinho is in contention after experiencing some muscular issues.

“Fernandinho trained yesterday, it was low intensity, but he trained,” Guardiola revealed in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday. He also hinted that Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus could start ahead of Sergio Aguero.

“Sergio Aguero is fit. He needs competition, and needs a little time to get to his best condition. Tomorrow is not about physical condition. We want to get to semi-final, that is the challenge.”

Jesus has largely been on the sidelines this season, given the imperious form of Aguero. But could start against Tottenham if Guardiola doesn’t regard Aguero as match fit.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Wed, 17 Apr 2019 07:19:25 +0000
<![CDATA[Andreas Pereira Relishing McTominay Competition]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95251_andreas_pereira_relishing_mctominay_competition.htmlManchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira says he is relishing his central midfield competition with United academy product Scott McTominay.

McTominay put in an impressive performance against Barcelona in the Champions League recently and with Ander Herrera set to depart in the summer, competition is intense to fill his position.

“I’m very happy for him because he’s like me, coming through the Academy as a young player,” he told the Manchester United website. “I think there’s good competition and everyone has their own abilities – we’re not all the same type of players.”

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he sees Pereira in a more advanced position in the coming years, which the Brazilian is delighted to hear.

“I’ve always played in a no.8 or no.10 position and I’m very happy that the manager could see it in me,” he tells United Review. “I’m just looking forward to playing that role.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Tue, 16 Apr 2019 11:28:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Huddersfield Hat Trick Is ‘A Big Moment In My Life’ Gushes Lucas Moura]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95250_huddersfield_hat_trick_is____a_big_moment_in_my_life____gushes_lucas_moura.htmlSpurs forward Lucas Moura says that his hat-trick against Huddersfield Town on Saturday was one of the best moments of his career to date.

Moura stepped into the breach of the injured Harry Kane with a superbly finished hat-trick in a 4-0 win over the Terriers.

Lucas told the Spurs website that he will never forget the feat and he celebrated with his son on the field post-match.

“What a day! What a game! What an atmosphere! I have no words to explain this moment,” said Lucas, who took his tally to 12 goals in all competitions this season.

“First, my team-mates, we did very well, it was a great performance and to score my first hat- trick at the new stadium with my family here, my son, I just need to say thanks, I’m so happy.

“My son is my best gift with my wife and my family, to have him here with me on the field and the fans making such a good atmosphere, I will never forget this moment. I’m sure when he grows up he will remember this day.

“We scored two goals in the first half and after, we were a bit lazy, 2-0 is too dangerous and if they score they put us in a difficult situation, so the third goal killed them off.

“I’m happy because we played a very good game, good intensity and we needed this result. This gives us good motivation for Wednesday.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Tue, 16 Apr 2019 10:43:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino says he and his teammates are not bowed by the challenge of fighting for the Premier League title and the Champions League. The Reds are top of the Premier League and take a commanding two goal lead to Porto in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final this week. “At a club like Liverpool, the goal is always to win and fight for titles when you’re wearing the shirt,” the Brazilian told Sky Sports. “With the support of this club and the tradition, the goal is winning titles and we have an opportunity to fight for two. We’re fighting as hard as we can and let’s see what happens.” The front three of Firmino, Salah and Mane has proved to be one of the most devastating in Europe and Firmino insists it’s all down to chemistry. “This all comes with day after day of work – working together each day. We’ve been together now almost three years, we are only growing every day. “In training sessions and games we already know each other perfectly and I hope it can keep going in this way.”]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95242_liverpool_forward_roberto_firmino_says_he_and_his_teammates_are_not_bowed_by_the_challenge_of_fighting_for_the_premier_league_title_and_the_champions_league___the_reds_are_top_of_the_premier_league_and_take_a_commanding_two_goal_lead_to_porto_in_the_second_leg_of_their_champions_league_quarter-final_this_week______at_a_club_like_liverpool__the_goal_is_always_to_win_and_fight_for_titles_when_you___re_wearing_the_shirt_____the_brazilian_told_sky_sports______with_the_support_of_this_club_and_the_tradition__the_goal_is_winning_titles_and_we_have_an_opportunity_to_fight_for_two__we___re_fighting_as_hard_as_we_can_and_let___s_see_what_happens______the_front_three_of_firmino__salah_and_mane_has_proved_to_be_one_of_the_most_devastating_in_europe_and_firmino_insists_it___s_all_down_to_chemistry______this_all_comes_with_day_after_day_of_work_____working_together_each_day__we___ve_been_together_now_almost_three_years__we_are_only_growing_every_day______in_training_sessions_and_games_we_already_know_each_other_perfectly_and_i_hope_it_can_keep_going_in_this_way____.htmlLiverpool forward Roberto Firmino says he and his teammates are not bowed by the challenge of fighting for the Premier League title and the Champions League.

The Reds are top of the Premier League and take a commanding two goal lead to Porto in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final this week.

“At a club like Liverpool, the goal is always to win and fight for titles when you’re wearing the shirt,” the Brazilian told Sky Sports.

“With the support of this club and the tradition, the goal is winning titles and we have an opportunity to fight for two. We’re fighting as hard as we can and let’s see what happens.”

The front three of Firmino, Salah and Mane has proved to be one of the most devastating in Europe and Firmino insists it’s all down to chemistry.

“This all comes with day after day of work – working together each day. We’ve been together now almost three years, we are only growing every day.

“In training sessions and games we already know each other perfectly and I hope it can keep going in this way.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Mon, 15 Apr 2019 11:22:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Pochettino Sure Lucas Moura Can Step Into Kane Void]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95241_pochettino_sure_lucas_moura_can_step_into_kane_void.htmlSpurs manager Mauricio Pochettino says that Lucas Moura’s hat trick against Huddersfield on Saturday shows that Spurs can cope without the injured Harry Kane.

Kane is on the sidelines with another ankle problem, but Lucas Moura stepped up in his absence, plundering three goals past relegated Huddersfield this weekend.

“Football moves so quick and after the game when Harry got injured everyone believed Sonny was going to step up and is going to be the man, but we have seen today Lucas got a hat-trick and it was an unbelievable afternoon for him.

“Players need to have the possibility to play to show the quality and that is why sometimes all the managers are disappointed when the people say about rotation, about selection of the starting XI.

“&quot;I am so happy, the performance was very professional, I am happy for Lucas for his hat- trick. It is going to help and bring him confidence. We have ahead a very tough period, two games against Manchester City and then Brighton.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Mon, 15 Apr 2019 10:45:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Fabinho Admits He Needed Time to Adapt to Pace of Premier League]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95230_fabinho_admits_he_needed_time_to_adapt_to_pace_of_premier_league.htmlLiverpool midfielder Fabinho admits that he needed time at the start of the season to adapt to the pace of the Premier League.

The Brazilian signed from Monaco for 45m pounds last summer, but found minutes difficult to come by in his first three months at Anfield.

He admits he needed time to study his new team and come to terms with the physical side of English football. He has since established himself as a first team regular.

“I needed time physically to improve,” he told the Telegraph. “The intensity of it. Being in midfield, in general, you don’t have a lot of time to think and in the Premier League that’s even less of the case.

“You just don’t have time to think. And in the first few games I think I played well but I needed to be faster. Jurgen Klopp wanted me to learn how to play in the team and what my role was and I think time was the most important thing in doing this.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Sat, 13 Apr 2019 13:24:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Fabinho Pays Tribute to ‘Fantastic’ Liverpool Support]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95229_fabinho_pays_tribute_to____fantastic____liverpool_support.htmlLiverpool midfielder Fabinho has paid tribute to the club’s support and says the first time he heard their famous terrace chant ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ was an unforgettable experience.

The Reds face Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday and the Brazilian says that the home support gives title chasing Liverpool an edge at home, where their record is peerless.

“I was on the bench and I just remember looking round at every part of the stadium in amazement,” Fabinho told Telegraph Sport.

“I was so focussed on the fans in this game, it’s the main thing I remember - and then hearing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’; the emotion. It made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

“Every time it’s like that but for the first time it was really special. When we are on the pitch we obviously focus less on the fans but there have been games this season where we needed them to help us get a goal, to get over the line and that’s been the case. They are just fantastic.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Sat, 13 Apr 2019 12:44:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Tite Coy About Vinicius Junior Copa América Chances]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95223_tite_coy_about_vinicius_junior_copa_america_chances.htmlBrazil boss Tite refused to guarantee Vinicius Junior’s selection for the Copa América in June. The Real Madrid teenager was chosen to unveil Brazil’s new white away shirt, but Tite says nothing should be read into that regards the player’s participation in June.

“It means if he plays well, he will be selected,” Tite joked when quizzed on Vinicius’ involvement in the promotional event. “I see a bigger picture. I see equal possibilities. Because if I were a player, I would like to have an opportunity in the National Team.

“Soon there is an important competition and not being in the National Team, that is bad. It causes damage to the club, by the value of the player, it damages the player and the coach as well.”

Vinicius was selected for March friendlies against Panama and Czech Republic, but had to pull out due to injury, which means he remains uncapped. But Tite is still expected to select him for the Copa América should he prove his fitness before the end of the season.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Fri, 12 Apr 2019 10:55:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Allan Determined to Overturn Arsenal Advantage In Second Leg]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95222_allan_determined_to_overturn_arsenal_advantage_in_second_leg.htmlNapoli midfielder Allan admits that his side were below par in their 2-0 Europa League quarter-final first leg against Arsenal.

The Gunners take a 2-0 lead to San Paolo next week thanks to goals from Aaron Ramsey and Lucas Torreira. But Allan insists the tie is not over yet.

“We are even more angry than our fans for this performance. Our supporters are right to be bitter and have the right to say whatever they want, because we are the first to be disappointed,” he told the Napoli website.

“We were expecting another first half and very different approach. We have not been able to put in place the game plan we had prepared with the coach and we take responsibility.

&quot;However, from today we put it out of our heads. Let&#39;s turn the page, let&#39;s correct the mistakes we made tonight and concentrate on the San Paolo match.

“In the second half we did a lot better and from that attitude we have to start again to prepare for the return game. Nothing is finished, we still believe and with the help of the San Paolo we can overturn it. Anything can happen.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Fri, 12 Apr 2019 09:34:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Willian Ready for Liverpool Challenge]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95221_willian_ready_for_liverpool_challenge.htmlChelsea winger Willian insists he and his teammates are ready for their trip to Anfield to take on top of the league Liverpool on Sunday.

Willian set up Marcos Alonso’s late winner in Prague as the Blues defeated Slavia 1-0 in the Europa League on Thursday.

Now Chelsea turn their attentions to Liverpool, Willian told Sky Sports, “Sunday will be a very, very big game, and a very exciting game.

“We are ready to play this game and we are excited. We have targets in the Premier League and in the Europa League.

“Our target in the Premier League is to stay in the top four, so we have to go there on Sunday and try to win the game.

“We know how they play, we know how dangerous they are. They have great players. They are in a good moment, so we have to be ready.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Fri, 12 Apr 2019 08:40:34 +0000
<![CDATA[Napoli’s Allan Sees Arsenal Tie As ’50-50’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95212_napoli___s_allan_sees_arsenal_tie_as____50-50___.htmlNapoli midfielder Allan says that the margins will be razor thin when his side meet Arsenal in the Europa League.

The teams play the first leg of the quarter-final tonight, with the return leg in Naples in seven days’ time and Allan thinks there is little to separate the teams.

“We&#39;re fired up and if we play as we&#39;re capable of, we can cause problems for Arsenal. We&#39;ve got a 50-50 chance of winning the tie.”

The Brazilian admits that he his form has dipped recently, but he hopes to regain his early season confidence, starting against Unai Emery’s Gunners.

“A player must be aware that during a season there will be highs and lows. 2019 hasn&#39;t got off to the best of starts but I&#39;m trying to get back to my form from the start of the season.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Thu, 11 Apr 2019 12:22:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Manchester United Are ‘Still Alive’ in Barca Tie, Insists Fred]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95211_manchester_united_are____still_alive____in_barca_tie__insists_fred.htmlManchester United midfielder Fred says his side are ‘still alive’ in their Champions League quarter-final tie with Barcelona, despite their 1-0 loss to the Spanish side at Old Trafford.

A Luke Shaw own goal was enough to separate the sides on the night and give Barca a valuable away goal, but Fred says the tie is far from over.

“We created a lot of scoring opportunities but unfortunately we couldn’t score,” the Brazilian told ESPN Brasil.

“But we are still alive, we will come to the Nou Camp to qualify. If we play a good game, we have every chance of going through.”

Ahead of next week’s second leg, Fred was bullish, “As I said, we had chances but didn’t take them.

“Barcelona are a difficult team to play, they like to keep the ball so you have to run a lot. Tactically we were very good, we just missed that goal.

“It was a great game, played very well between two great teams. The game was very open and we had chances, we have a chance to win it in Barcelona.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Thu, 11 Apr 2019 11:55:14 +0000
<![CDATA[Coutinho Relishing United Clash]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95203_coutinho_relishing_united_clash.htmlBarcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho is relishing playing against old foes Manchester United again. It will be the first time that Coutinho has faced English opposition since leaving Liverpool for £114m last January.

Liverpool and United enjoy a fierce rivalry and Coutinho is aware that his Anfield connections might invite some hostile treatment from United fans. “It won’t make any difference to me,” he told the Sunday Mirror.

“And, even more than that, it is an incentive to play better and to be even more focused. I know that games against Manchester United are special. I learned what they meant during my time at Liverpool when we lived it so intensely with the fans.

“I have that nailed in my memory and, even though this is a different stage, if Barcelona knock United out of Europe, it will be a double personal satisfaction for me.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Wed, 10 Apr 2019 08:41:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Coutinho Firmly Rebuffs Transfer Rumours]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95202_coutinho_firmly_rebuffs_transfer_rumours.htmlBarcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho has moved to quash speculation linking him with a return to the Premier League.

The Brazilian joined Barca from Liverpool last January in a move worth around £114m. However, Coutinho has struggled to impress at the Nou Camp.

The player has been linked with moves to Chelsea and Manchester United recently, but the player says he has no plans to move.

“My head is exclusively in Barcelona. Returning to England now does not fit into my plans,” he told the Sunday Mirror.

“This is my second season here. I have won titles but I am always an ambitious and demanding player. So, I want more and more. But I’m happy. I wanted to play in Spain and I’m at the best club in Spain.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Wed, 10 Apr 2019 07:28:24 +0000
<![CDATA[Ben Foster Will ‘Refuse To Play’ If Selected Ahead of Huerelho Gomes for Cup Final]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95194_ben_foster_will____refuse_to_play____if_selected_ahead_of_huerelho_gomes_for_cup_final.htmlWatford goalkeeper Ben Foster says he will refuse to play, if he were selected ahead of teammate Huerelho Gomes for next month’s FA Cup Final against Manchester City.

Foster is the Hornets’ first choice, but Gomes has been played ahead of him in cup games, including Sunday’s breathless 3-2 win over Wolves in the semi-final.

Gomes will almost certainly retire in the summer, meaning the FA Cup Final would be the final game of his career.

Some reports suggest boss Javi Gracia might be tempted to select Foster for a daunting final against City, but Foster has moved to quash speculation.

“Gomes deserves it and should play without a doubt,&quot; he told BBC Sport. &quot;He has never let this club down and never will. He was fantastic today.

“Gomes was enjoying this moment like a boy. I would absolutely refuse to play if I were picked.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Tue, 09 Apr 2019 08:32:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Coutinho Dreaming of Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Final]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95193_coutinho_dreaming_of_barcelona_v_liverpool_champions_league_final.htmlPhilippe Coutinho will travel to Old Trafford as a Barcelona player for the first time this week, as Barca face Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Coutinho joined Barca from Liverpool for £114m just over a year ago and the Brazilian is relishing his first game back in England since leaving the Premier League.

Coutinho says he would love to meet Liverpool in this year’s competition, but, though he would relish a return to Anfield, the player says he’d prefer to meet his former team in the final in Madrid.

“I know that Liverpool supporters will be with us at United,” he said. “But they know that later we could see them at Anfield and then, of course, I will be there with Barcelona wanting to win.

“It would be a dream to play at Anfield again, an explosion of different feelings, I’m sure. But I have to be honest and say I would have preferred to meet Liverpool only in the final itself.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Tue, 09 Apr 2019 07:23:56 +0000
<![CDATA[‘You Must Always Believe’ Says Jubilant Huerelho Gomes]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95185____you_must_always_believe____says_jubilant_huerelho_gomes.htmlWatford goalkeeper Huerelho Gomes hailed the belief of his Watford side, as they battled back from 2-0 down to defeat Wolves 3-2 in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final classic at Wembley.

Wolves were in control with a commanding two goal lead on 70 minutes at Wembley, before goals from Gerard Deulofeu and a stoppage time penalty from Troy Deeney took the game to extra time.

Deulofeu grabbed an extra time winner so Watford will now meet Manchester City in the final at Wembley- which is set to be Huerelho Gomes’ final game before retirement.

“It was amazing,” said Gomes. “It was like until 70 minutes Wolves would win, but this is football - you must always believe! If we did not have belief we don’t achieve and we believed until the last minute.

“We showed we didn’t put our heads down and we fought until the end.” The Brazilian reserved special praise for the two goalscorers.

“Troy can deal with any pressure, and once more he did that for us. He deserves it, and it is not easy to take a penalty like that. We are a team.

“The gaffer picks the team that is going to work. Geri was prepared to help the team from the bench. He changed the game, and that’s why we are in the final.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Mon, 08 Apr 2019 09:20:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus Delighted As His Goal Sends City To The Cup Final]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95184_gabriel_jesus_delighted_as_his_goal_sends_city_to_the_cup_final.htmlManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus could not hide his delight, after his 4 th minute header against Brighton at Wembley was enough to send his side into the FA Cup Final.

City will play Watford in May and Jesus was delighted after his stooping header in the first half was enough to clinch the victory.

“I am so happy because we are in another final,&quot; he told CityTV. &quot;The Club is big and now I am so happy because we go to the pitch again and we won the game, it’s important.

&quot;I am happy because I want to go to the pitch and score every game. Sometimes I can’t do that but I am so happy when we win this game, it was so hard. Brighton were good at set pieces and long balls. It’s hard.”

Jesus is likely to face his compatriot Huerelho Gomes in the final, the Watford goalkeeper will likely play the final game of his playing career on that day.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Mon, 08 Apr 2019 08:49:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Brighton’s Bernardo Wary of Manchester City Threat]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95169_brighton___s_bernardo_wary_of_manchester_city_threat.htmlBrighton full-back Bernardo admits that his side are huge underdogs as they face Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday evening.

The Seagulls are 22/1 to win the game with some bookmakers and Brighton full-back Bernardo concedes that the game will be tough given City’s qualities.

In an interview with Goal Brasil, Bernardo said, “It’s difficult. Let&#39;s see, but it will be a great game anyway. It is very clear that we are the underdogs. I think maybe a lot of people expected us not to make it to the semi-finals.

“But if we look at the games we played in the competition, we really exceeded expectations. The last game, against Milwall, for me was perhaps the most iconic game of my career, because we were 2 goals down and we took it to extra time.

“So everything can happen in football, so it&#39;s a sport that people like so much. It is where the impossible can always happen and in this match can happen the same. The pressure is all on them, we have no expectation at all, we can play more relaxed.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Sat, 06 Apr 2019 14:32:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Bernardo In Awe at City’s Attack]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95168_bernardo_in_awe_at_city___s_attack.htmlBrighton full-back Bernardo says it is the variety in Manchester City’s attack, as well as the quality, that will cause his side problems at Wembley on Saturday. The Seagulls and City go head to head in the FA Cup semi-final.

The Brazilian told Goal.com, “For our fans it&#39;s already a big party, they can go to Wembley after more than 30 years, so the expectation is to play a good game, enjoy the moment and see what happens.

“Each attacker has a different characteristic. One is more technical, like Bernardo Silva, the other is faster, like Sterling, the other is more creative, like De Bruyne. You have to be prepared for everything (laughs), but it&#39;s hard to prepare.

“I&#39;m happy, I&#39;m not afraid, I have no kind of apprehension to face these players. I came here to stand out, to prove that I can be one of the best defenders and nothing is better than to face these players.

“So for me it&#39;s a great motivation. Like I said, the pressure is all of them, they need to do something more. I&#39;m very calm. You have to be prepared for a little bit of everything.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Sat, 06 Apr 2019 13:13:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Brighton’s Bernardo Wary of Manchester City Threat]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95166_brighton___s_bernardo_wary_of_manchester_city_threat.htmlBrighton full-back Bernardo admits that his side are huge underdogs as they face Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday evening.

The Seagulls are 22/1 to win the game with some bookmakers and Brighton full-back Bernardo concedes that the game will be tough given City’s qualities.

In an interview with Goal Brasil, Bernardo said, “It’s difficult. Let's see, but it will be a great game anyway. It is very clear that we are the underdogs. I think maybe a lot of people expected us not to make it to the semi-finals. Join our casinos online with a huge welcome bonus.

“But if we look at the games we played in the competition, we really exceeded expectations. The last game, against Milwall, for me was perhaps the most iconic game of my career, because we were 2 goals down and we took it to extra time.

“So everything can happen in football, so it's a sport that people like so much. It is where the impossible can always happen and in this match can happen the same. The pressure is all on them, we have no expectation at all, we can play more relaxed.”

Bernardo says it is the variety in Manchester City’s attack, as well as the quality, that will cause his side problems at Wembley on Saturday.

“For our fans it's already a big party, they can go to Wembley after more than 30 years, so the expectation is to play a good game, enjoy the moment and see what happens.

“Each attacker has a different characteristic. One is more technical, like Bernardo Silva, the other is faster, like Sterling, the other is more creative, like De Bruyne. You have to be prepared for everything (laughs), but it's hard to prepare.

“I'm happy, I'm not afraid, I have no kind of apprehension to face these players. I came here to stand out, to prove that I can be one of the best defenders and nothing is better than to face these players.

“So for me it's a great motivation. Like I said, the pressure is all of them, they need to do something more. I'm very calm. You have to be prepared for a little bit of everything.” Bernardo says he has not contemplated winning the club’s first FA Cup just yet though, even if they do manage to upset the odds against City.

“I think step by step. Many times when you visualize something, things tend to happen to you. I've already visualized us beating City, for example. But I think the final is a step a little further, a difficult step. This I still did not imagine, but to win against Manchester City is logical and already I imagined, already I visualized, because I think it is important- it attracts good energy.”

Brighton and City go head to head on Saturday evening, with Watford playing against Wolves in the other semi-final on Sunday. Brighton have never won the cup, having lost the final in 1983.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/info_1554481573.jpgFri, 05 Apr 2019 14:22:18 +0000
<![CDATA[Wesley Moraes ‘Wants To Go To England’ Amid Everton and Arsenal Links]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/95163_wesley_moraes____wants_to_go_to_england____amid_everton_and_arsenal_links.htmlClub Brugge forward Wesley Moraes says he wants to play in the Premier League, amid links to Everton and Arsenal.

Wesley has 14 goals in the Jupiler League so far this season, earning the attentions of Premier League clubs.

The player also has offers from China, but says his preference would be to move to England to play in the Premier League.

In an interview with Belgian newspaper Het Belang van Limburg, Wesley said, “I have read all the names [of the clubs watching him].

“It is of course completely different going to China than to another European country. I don’t know what I want, I don’t want to exclude anything.

“I do know that I once said that I want to go to England and that is still the case. I have always closely followed the Premier League. But I am certainly also open to other leagues.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-04/home/Fri, 05 Apr 2019 11:24:00 +0000