<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Richarlison Pays Tribute to Marco Silva After Signing New Everton Deal]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96888_richarlison_pays_tribute_to_marco_silva_after_signing_new_everton_deal.htmlEverton forward Richarlison paid tribute to boss Marco Silva after signing a new four and a half year contract with the club.

Silva took Richarlison to England in the summer of 2017, signing him for Watford from Fluminense.

When Silva left Vicarage Road for Goodison Park in 2018, he made Richarlison his first signing and the Brazilian paid tribute to his coach and mentor.

“My development and progress is clear for everyone to see and Marco Silva has been part of that. He has my trust and the trust of the whole group.

“It&#39;s us on the pitch and we are looking to help him as much as possible because Marco Silva is an excellent person.

“I need to continue focussing and being happy here and I think I have made the right decision in extending my contract. Now it is time to continue the focus and to make the fans happy.”

The player says he is focused on continuing his improvement at the club. “I just look to work really hard on a daily basis.

“I want to score goals but my first objective is always to help the team - then you think about your own scoring record and creating assists.

“Everybody at Everton needs to have it in their minds that we need to aim high and win trophies and we all think as players we can develop further and lift a cup, maybe even this season. We want to make the fans happy by winning trophies.&quot;

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<![CDATA[Gabriel Jesus Sought Fernandinho Counsel To End Goal Drought]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96887_gabriel_jesus_sought_fernandinho_counsel_to_end_goal_drought.htmlManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus paid tribute to teammate and compatriot Fernandinho after breaking his 10 game scoreless streak.

The Brazilian bagged two goals in the 4-1 win over Burnley on Tuesday, his first strikes for 10 matches. He revealed after the game that Fernandinho’s advice had helped him through a dry spell.

“When I&#39;m not happy, you can tell. Fernandinho perceived it and came to talk to me. I had the chat with him and it helped me a lot.

“He has always been very important since I arrived at the club. With his experience throughout his career, he is giving me advice.

“The day before the game, we had a nice chat. He always looks after all of us, especially the young ones.

&quot;As a countryman, he came to talk to me and tell me to remain calm. I was calm, more confident and I managed to score two goals. That was very important to me.”

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<![CDATA[Guardiola Hails Two-Goal Hero Gabriel Jesus]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96881_guardiola_hails_two-goal_hero_gabriel_jesus.htmlManchester City manager Pep Guardiola was relieved to see Gabriel Jesus score twice in City’s 4-1 victory over Burnley on Tuesday night.

The Brazilian opened the scoring with a curling shot and later added to his tally to help vanquish Sean Dyche’s side at Turf Moor.

With Sergio Aguero injured, Jesus’ contribution is crucial in the coming games and Guardiola was glad to see the 22-year old deliver.

“We’ve lost an incredible striker in Sergio so we need him, he needed to score these two goals. These goals will help him and the team. He scored two incredible goals.”

The game marked the end of an 8 game scoring drought for Jesus, the goals also mean his last 10 strikes for City have come away from home.

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<![CDATA[Richarlison Signs New Everton Deal]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96880_richarlison_signs_new_everton_deal.htmlEverton forward Richarlison has signed a new contract with the club. The Brazilian joined the Toffees from Watford in the summer of 2018.

His new deal takes him up to the summer of 2024, he has 20 goals in 50 starts since joining the club and has broken into the Brazilian national team.

“I intend to be here a long time,&quot; Richarlison told evertontv. “This was the club which gave me the opportunity to show my football.

“It was here I managed to get a place in the Brazil national team and it was here I have scored lots of goals in the Premier League.

“The Club trusts me and I trust them. The supporters have a lot of affection for me and I try to give back all this affection as much as possible on the pitch.

“I go out and put my life on the line for them. I try to sweat blood and tears for this club. I intend to continue honouring the shirt and making the fans happy. And I hope they continue singing my name.”

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<![CDATA[Regular Football Behind Transformation Into World’s Best Goalie, Insists Alisson]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96878_regular_football_behind_transformation_into_world___s_best_goalie__insists_alisson.htmlLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson says playing regularly has been the biggest determiner of his success since moving to Europe.

The Brazilian won the Yashin trophy for best goalkeeper in the world at Monday evening’s Ballon D’Or ceremony in Paris.

Manchester City’s Ederson finished in 3 rd place. Alisson was initially back-up to Wojciech Szczesny when he first arrived at Roma from Internacional.

Szczesny moved to Juventus, paving the way for Alisson to break into the Roma team, before moving to Liverpool in a £70m deal last summer.

“‘I’ve started to play more, that’s what has changed,” he said. “Szczesny arrived at Roma before me and started to play before me – and he did really well.

“It was the choice of the manager. I think I’ve just started to do my job and show my potential to everybody.

“‘I feel blessed to have my profession as a football player and goalkeeper. It’s something that makes me proud, makes my family happy and makes me be better as a person.”

Alisson also backed calls for a similar award to be handed to the best female goalkeeper, with the Ballon D’Or award now instituted for best female player.

“Yes, why not? We are speaking about making everything [on an] equal level, both women’s and men’s. It’s a good question. I think we can work towards that.”

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<![CDATA[Fernandinho Future Will Be Decided at the End of the Season, Confirms Guardiola]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96877_fernandinho_future_will_be_decided_at_the_end_of_the_season__confirms_guardiola.htmlManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Fernandinho’s future will not be decided until the end of the season.

The Brazilian signed a one-year deal last season, so his contract will expire in the summer. But Guardiola says they won’t discuss the 34-year old’s future just yet.

Fernandinho has been playing at centre-half this year due to an injury crisis in the position for the defending champions.

“There will be a need to regenerate,” Guardiola said. “David Silva has confirmed he is leaving. Fernandinho doesn&#39;t know yet.

“It’s normal when players reach this age and stage in their lives. Of course we have to replace them [if they leave].

&quot;I think at the end of the season we are going to decide all the situations; the players finishing contracts, the players for contracts, what we have to do, what we believe is the best for the club, for the organisation next season.

“We could not sign a centre-back [in the summer]. We decided to adapt Fernandinho In this position and that&#39;s all.

“Sometimes the club wants to try to do the best but sometimes we cannot. We have to adapt with the players that we have.”

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<![CDATA[Samba Gold 2019: the votes are open!]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96868_samba_gold_2019__the_votes_are_open_.html
2019 was a good year for Brazilian football with a Copa América crown for Seleção and many players will fight for the new edition of the Samba d'Or, still with the same voting system based on the votes of football fans, journalists from all over the world as well as former Brazilian players.

The Reds conquer Europe

Liverpool's three players, Roberto Firmino, Alisson and Fabinho, have won the Champions League and have had great individual seasons, especially as Alisson and Firmino also won the Copa America in Brazil. Firmino, winner of the Samba d'Or 2018, has strong arguments to keep his crown.

Marquinhos and Thiago Silva on top

PSG's central defenders, Thiago Silva and Marquinhos, have also been very good this year with both their club and the national team, Thiago Silva found his best level and remains a reference for his position while Marquinhos has shown his versatility and has also established itself as one of the leaders in Paris and Seleção.

But the competition will be open  this year with many young players who have proved themselves at the highest level as David Neres from the young class of Ajax; or Rodrygo who exploded at Real Madrid.

It's now up to you to choose by ordering your three favorite players.

VOTE NOW !

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<![CDATA[Klopp Confirms Fabinho Blow]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96866_klopp_confirms_fabinho_blow.htmlLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Fabinho will be out until the New Year after picking up an injury in the 1-1 draw with Napoli on Tuesday.

The Brazilian will miss the Club World Cup and the festive schedule, which is particularly packed for the Reds this year.

"Losing a player of the quality of Fabinho is big. Really bad," said Reds manager Jurgen Klopp. "It is bad news.

“Timeframe - we are not sure 100% but looks pretty sure he will not be involved in Christmas fixtures.

"We have to replace him and we can replace him. Now it's important that he does the right things and is back as soon as possible.

"Until then, we have to find solutions. We are not the only team with injured players and that's what we have to deal with, and we will."

Liverpool have 11 games in the next 34 days in the Premier League, Carabao Cup, Champions League and the Club World Cup.

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<![CDATA[‘They Know What I Want’ Willan Stands Firm in Chelsea Contract Negotiation]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96865____they_know_what_i_want____willan_stands_firm_in_chelsea_contract_negotiation.htmlChelsea winger Willian says he wants to sign a new deal with Chelsea, but that the ball is in the club’s court and they know his demands.

The Brazilian’s deal expires this summer and he is free to begin talking to overseas clubs in January. He is having an excellent season so far with the Blues.

“I feel happy here,” the Brazilian said. “I feel happy to play for this club but the situation is not in my hands. It’s in their hands.

“I’m waiting for them. They know what I want, what I want to do, so I wait for them.” It is suspected that Chelsea have offered Willian a 1-year deal given that he is over 30.

It’s thought that Willian wants a longer contract. In the meantime, the player admitted his team were ‘lucky’ to come away with a 2-2 draw in their Champions League game with Valencia on Wednesday.

“The end of the game was crazy and it’s difficult to play at Valencia with the atmosphere. At least we got a point and now we have a decider

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<![CDATA[Lucas Moura Enjoying Mourinho Era]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96858_lucas_moura_enjoying_mourinho_era.htmlSpurs winger Lucas Moura is delighted to be working under Jose Mourinho at Spurs- a manager that tried to sign him while coaching Real Madrid.

Mourinho has a long term admiration for the Brazilian, who fell out of favour under previous manager Mauricio Pochettino.

“I am happy he likes me and he said it, it is very important to me to have this confidence from the coach and I hope to help him, help the team,” Moura said.

“I will always give my best and I am happy for the opportunity he has given me. I think everyone knows him. I don’t need to speak about him because he is a winner, a champion.

“He has a lot of trophies and I am sure he has much to bring for us and to add to our team, our club.”

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<![CDATA[Lucas Moura Reveals That Mourinho Tried To Buy Him At Real Madrid]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96857_lucas_moura_reveals_that_mourinho_tried_to_buy_him_at_real_madrid.htmlSpurs winger Lucas Moura says that Jose Mourinho tried to sign him from São Paulo while he was Real Madrid boss.

Moura is now playing under the Portuguese who has just been appointed Spurs boss. Moura revealed that he was close to working under Mourinho in Spain.

“Yeah it is true when I was at São Paulo I had a conversation with him, not me but my agent and parents," Moura revealed.

"In the last moment PSG went in and I decided to go to Paris. I have never worked with him. I am knowing him now but in the beginning it is very, very good, everyone is happy, everyone is optimistic and step-by-step we are knowing him and putting his philosophy.

"I am happy to win two games, let's keep working and look forward. Everyone is optimistic with him and we believe in his job.

“I think it is too early to speak about change but I think you can see a few changes he has made about positions, some players.

"Step-by-step

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<![CDATA[Lucas Moura Relishing Wide Role Under Mourinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96853_lucas_moura_relishing_wide_role_under_mourinho.htmlSpurs winger Lucas Moura says he is enjoying being used in his natural position since the appointment of Jose Mourinho as Head Coach.

The Brazilian had been used through the centre by previous manager Mauricio Pochettino. Moura has started both of Mourinho’s games in charge on the wing.

He scored in the 3-2 win over West Ham on Saturday and provided an assist in Spurs’ 4-2 Champions League win over Olympiacos on Tuesday.

“Every player wants to play, it doesn&#39;t matter the position,&quot; he told reporters after the 4-2 win over Olympiacos. &quot;But everyone knows I am not a No.9, it is not my best position.

“When Pochettino put me there I always gave my best because for me the most important thing is the team but each coach has one opinion, a different mind.

“Now I feel very good in this position. I always played in this position, I feel good and I am happy.” Moura says he and his teammates are enjoying the new era under Mourinho.

“He said he believes in us, that he trusts in us and that we have a lot of quality,&quot; he added.
&quot;He said we have everything to do our best, a very good structure and very good fans and that we just need to believe in it and be happy on the pitch and after about tactics you can see... simple.”

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<![CDATA[‘I Didn’t See the Ambition to Win at Arsenal’ Claims André Santos]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96852____i_didn___t_see_the_ambition_to_win_at_arsenal____claims_andre_santos.htmlFormer Arsenal left-back André Santos has reflected on his time in North London in an interview with UOL.

The Brazilian spent just under 2 years with the Gunners from 2011 – 2013. He said he was happy, but sensed a lack of ambition at the club.

“I didn’t win a title there, but I felt very happy at Arsenal,” he explained. “I lived well, trained well, but at Arsenal I didn’t see the ambition to win.

“When I am at a club, I want to lift a title but I could see that Arsenal did not have this ambition. They played for playing’s sake.

“When we lost, guys were already laughing on the bus [after the game]. It felt like going to the office. We went to training, then just went home.”

Santos was criticised for swapping his shirt with former Arsenal teammate Robin van Persie shortly after the Dutchman’s controversial transfer to Manchester United.

“I don’t regret it,” Santos explained, “He never stopped being my friend. My culture is different to English culture, I am not obliged to have the same culture as them.”

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<![CDATA[Alisson Reveals Napoli Tried To Sign Him]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96850_alisson_reveals_napoli_tried_to_sign_him.htmlLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson has revealed that Napoli tried to sign him while he was playing for Roma in Serie A. The online uk casinos have the best leads for those who want to get started.

The Brazilian joined the Reds for £70m in the summer of 2018, but he has revealed that there was interest from Napoli prior to this.

“Napoli tried to bid for me,” Alisson told the Independent. “The president came to me, but if I went to Naples from Roma, I was going to put myself in a tough situation in Italy.

“It’s not an official derby, but there’s a big rivalry between the teams. I admire Napoli a lot, they have a top squad and it’s always hard to play against them, especially when they are at home. But I was committed to joining Liverpool.”

Alisson also reserved praise for back up goalkeeper Adrian, who came into the team when Alisson was injured earlier in the season.

“He helped Liverpool a lot with great performances, but me as well – there was no pressure on me to come back.

“I could have a pre-season, which I didn’t get a chance to do because of the Copa America and it was five weeks of hard work.

“I could spend time with my family, which is something that was sacrificed after the Champions League win and joining Brazil straight away.”

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<![CDATA[Alisson Recalls Last Season’s Napoli Save With Relish]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96849_alisson_recalls_last_season___s_napoli_save_with_relish.htmlLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson says his last-ditch save against Napoli in last season’s Champions League “put my name in the history of Liverpool.” In usa casino online you find the casinos that also put their name in history.

The Brazilian’s last-ditch save from Arkadiusz Milik prevented the Reds from exiting in the group stages. They eventually won the tournament.

“I won’t get tired of it!” Alisson explained, “I was thinking ‘if we concede now, there is no time to get a comeback, which we are specialists at.

“This is it. Everything depends on this. I trained for that kind of moment all my life. I was ready. I got into the right position and then I was waiting for my defenders to clear the ball, but it was a difficult cross to keep out and then I saw the ball fall to Milik.

“I tried to close the angle as much as I could, make myself big and I forced him to stop and shoot quickly. I think if you ask forwards, they’ll say this is the hardest thing to deal with in that situation.

“Then the ball came straight to me, but that’s because I attacked it, I bought time, I made the situation complicated for him. If I had stayed in position, he would have had space and time to look and choose his spot.”

Alisson also recalls a big save against the same opposition when he was playing for Napoli’s Serie A rivals Roma.

“They [Napoli] are part of the story of my career,” he said. “In March 2018, Roma had an away game in Naples and it was an awesome one for me as I made 11 saves in a big defensive performance, which is really important against Napoli.

“And then, here at Anfield, I think I put my name in the history of Liverpool with the save against them in a decisive match, an all-or-nothing moment, with our Champions League lives on the line. I put everything I had into that save and we put everything we had into that game.”

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<![CDATA[‘Fred and Pereira Is A Mid-table Midfield’ Says United Legend]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96843____fred_and_pereira_is_a_mid-table_midfield____says_united_legend.htmlManchester United legend Gary Neville says that the all-Brazilian midfield of Fred and Andreas Pereira is ‘mid-table.’

United are currently 10 th in the Premier League after this weekend’s 3-3 draw with Sheffield United.

Neville, who played for the Red Devils for his entire career, thinks that Fred and Pereira are of insufficient quality for a club of United’s stature.

“I think, defensively, the system didnt work in terms of the back-five in the first half. The other team looked like they knew how to play it and one team didn’t,” Neville added.

“The midfield I’m not going to go into because that’s not a midfield. Fred and Pereira is not a midfield for a mid-table club, let alone one of the top spending clubs in Europe.

“They have got injury problems and other issues in midfield. What disappointed me most was the lack of penetration, runs with and without the ball from the front three. I just felt they could have done a lot more for the team.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-11/home/Wed, 27 Nov 2019 17:40:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Klopp Was “Completely” Unfazed by Firmino Goal Drought]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96842_klopp_was____completely____unfazed_by_firmino_goal_drought.htmlLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says that Roberto Firmino’s recent goal drought was never an issue as far as he was concerned.

The Brazilian’s late winner at Selhurst Park on Saturday was his first goal since September- a run spanning nine games.

However, the Liverpool boss says the barren run never crossed his mind due to the Brazilian’s all-round contribution to the team.

“Bobby’s work rate is incredible. We expect a lot from the boys and I am completely fine with what I saw. For him, it is wonderful he finally gets the reward.

“We didn’t speak. I wouldn’t have a clue when he scored last time and I never thought about it.

“Who scores the goals, it is absolutely not important and you would have to ask him how he felt, but I didn’t see anything [to suggest he felt anxious].”

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<![CDATA[Pep Guardiola Urges Gabriel Jesus To Be Patient]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96841_pep_guardiola_urges_gabriel_jesus_to_be_patient.htmlManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has urged striker Gabriel Jesus not to become impatient as his opportunities at the club continue to be restricted. This isn’t the case with the information that http://www.th-footballfans.net often makes available to fans.

Jesus finds himself behind City’s record goalscorer Sergio Aguero in the pecking order and has repeatedly voiced his dissatisfaction with that situation.

Guardiola, however, has urged the young Brazilian to stay patient and not to look for a transfer in the near future.

“He arrived and his impact, with his energy, immediately seduced us. He extended his contract, and he knew Sergio was here before he signed the contract.

“My advice to him was if you are not sure, you don’t have to sign the contract and he said no I want to stay here. He will be here for many years.

“Sergio will retire sooner than Gabriel and hopefully will stay here longer. We will do everything to keep him here for as much time as possible.

“He wants to play, listens a lot, feels bad when he plays and doesn’t score goals. I admire him. Some players are for themselves. Gabriel is the opposite.

“The last Copa America he played so well. I don’t have doubts, he is going to play well in the next weeks.”

Jesus will get more opportunities with Aguero expected to miss the next three weeks with a thigh injury sustained in the 2-1 victory over Chelsea on Saturday.

“It’s not easy for Gabriel, there’s no other striker at this level who can be so humble and accept the situation,” Guardiola continued.

“It’s important in how you train and he never misses a training session. When he says he wants to work and learn that is the truth.

“He’s an incredible guy, he and Sergio respect each other. Sergio plays more minutes but not much more, I try and involve both.

“Sometimes we need both on the pitch. We will miss Sergio, but we’re going to wait for him and in Gabriel we have a star in that position.”

Jesus himself addressed the situation and says he is not happy to see Aguero injured, despite the opportunities it will afford him.

“I’m not happy because Sergio is injured, I don’t like it when my friends are injured, but I’m ready to play, I show that every time in the training session.

“It’s not easy [to be on the bench], I want to play but I want to improve my football, that’s why sometimes I’m not happy.

“When I decided to come to City I know it’s going to be hard because we have Sergio, who is the top scorer of the club.

“I think I have a chance to play with Pep, with top players here, at a big club. Sergio is a great guy and a top player. I have to keep learning from him.

“I want to improve my football, every day I want to improve and learn, to train good and work hard. I have to do it all the time, I’m in a big club, with big players, so I have to work and improve.”

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<![CDATA[Willian Pleased With Chelsea Performance Despite Manchester City Defeat]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96835_willian_pleased_with_chelsea_performance_despite_manchester_city_defeat.htmlChelsea winger Willian says his team can be pleased with their performance at the Etihad on Saturday, despite a 2-1 defeat to the defending champions Manchester City.

Chelsea came into the game in a rich vein of form with eight wins on the bounce in the Premier League.

They took an early lead through Ngolo Kante, but were pegged back by goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez.

Despite the loss, Willian says that his team have plenty of positives to take from the performance and believes that Chelsea deserved more from the game.

“It was a great game. Before we conceded a goal we were in total control of the game. We were confident and I thought we played well the whole game.

“We created some chances and we could&#39;ve scored 2 or 3 goals but we know it is always difficult to play here against City.

“Kante played well. He was in control in midfield with Jorginho and (Mateo) Kovacic. They all played well and I think we deserved a better result but City have a very strong team. Now we need to carry on and forget this game and move on to the next one.”

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<![CDATA[Guardiola Confirms Fernandinho Will Stay At Centre-Half]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96834_guardiola_confirms_fernandinho_will_stay_at_centre-half.htmlManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says that he now considers Fernandinho to be a centre-half.

The Brazilian made his name as a defensive midfielder at City since joining the club from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013.

He was considered a crucial part of both of Pep Guardiola’s title winning teams in the position, but he has played more as a centre-half this season.

This is due to the signing of Rodri from Atletico Madrid and an injury crisis at centre-half, allied with the departure of Vincent Kompany.

Guardiola says he now plans to use Fernandinho in defence on an ongoing basis after an impressive performance at centre-back against Chelsea on Saturday.

“If Rodri and [Ilkay] Gundogan are fit, I don’t think so,” Guardiola said when asked if Fernandinho will move back into midfield. “I like Fernandinho in that position [centre-back].”

City’s victory sees them just about keep in touch with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League, who are nine points clear of the defending champions.

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<![CDATA[Bernard Not Ready For Everton Return Yet]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96821_bernard_not_ready_for_everton_return_yet.htmlEverton boss Marco Silva has hinted that Brazilian winger Bernard won’t be available for this weekend’s clash against Norwich.

Bernard suffered a knee twist in a game against Brighton on October 26 th and it was hoped that he could return after the international break.

However Silva has broadly hinted that he may yet have to wait before making his return to the first team.

“Bernard started to work with the team but in the first days of the week not full sessions. He is getting his minutes and his time in the training session, each day he is doing a little bit more.

“He is still in doubt. Let’s see if he will be available for the next match or not. Let’s see how he will react every day.”

Fabian Delph is also on the sidelines and Silva wants both back as soon as possible with the fixture list about to become congested.

“We want is to get them better and ready as fast as we can, we are coming into a really tough period for us and we already have some long-term injuries, so it is really important to have the others in good conditions.”

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<![CDATA[David Luiz Enjoying Life At Arsenal]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96820_david_luiz_enjoying_life_at_arsenal.htmlArsenal defender David Luiz says he feels vindicated by his choice to move from Chelsea to Arsenal this summer.

The Gunners swooped for the Brazilian on deadline day after he decided to leave Chelsea citing a difference of opinion with new Blues boss Frank Lampard.

Luiz says he is enjoying his time in North London, telling 90min.com, “I am enjoying it a lot. It is a new cycle of my life.

“It was not that easy a decision in the beginning, I had decided to leave Chelsea before everything, and then after that came the opportunity to join another big club.

“Then I said yes, I am going to take this opportunity and of course, it has been great for me. This is a big club, and I want this club to shine again.

“I think we have a lot of talent, and a coach who is passionate every single day, and we have the supporters.

“So I think this club deserves to shine again and I am here with a big ambition to win titles. I want to play as much as I can, especially high level, and at the moment, I have signed for another big club in my career.

“I have the ambition to win things at this club, I want to help Arsenal win titles again. I have a contract with Arsenal and I am going to do everything I can.”

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<![CDATA[‘Martinelli Just Has Something Different’ Says David Luiz]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96819____martinelli_just_has_something_different____says_david_luiz.htmlArsenal defender David Luiz has played with many stellar Brazilian talents during his career, but he says there is something unique about current teammate Gabriel Martinelli.

Luiz and Martinelli both joined the club this summer and the 18-year old has scored 7 goals for the Gunners already. Luiz sees something special in his junior colleague.

“I began admiring him for his work, mentality, his football, and his desire to learn every day," David Luiz said in an exclusive Arsenal Facebook Q&A.

"I’ve had the chance to meet many players, many young talents from several different countries, and Gabi has something different.

“If he keeps it up, he will experience great things in football. I think that is what has surprised me so far.

"I met his parents, it’s not a coincidence that he has been successful. His upbringing had education, purpose, and it’s a great pleasure to be here with Gabriel.

"He welcomed me here, he was here before me. We try to have the best possible relationship, we help each other out."

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-11/home/Thu, 21 Nov 2019 21:24:00 +0000
<![CDATA[‘Joe Willock Plays the Brazilian Way’ Says Martinelli]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96818____joe_willock_plays_the_brazilian_way____says_martinelli.htmlArsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli says his midfield colleague Joe Willock reminds him of a Brazilian given the way he plays.

Martinelli has taken England by storm since arriving from Brazil this summer with 7 goals or the Gunners.

The 18-year old says Willock’s style reminds him of home.

“I think Joe Willock [has the most Brazilian style]," Martinelli said in an exclusive Q&A on the Arsenal Facebook page.

"He has personality, he doesn’t keep his head down, he always drives forward. He takes the ball and tries to dribble one player, then another.

"He doesn’t hide away in games. He’s always searching for the best options. I think his style is similar to the Brazilian way."

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-11/home/Thu, 21 Nov 2019 19:57:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Renan Lodi Admits Brazil Win Is ‘A Weight Lifted’]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96817_renan_lodi_admits_brazil_win_is____a_weight_lifted___.htmlBrazil left-back Renan Lodi admits that Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Korea for the Seleção represents a huge relief.

It was Brazil’s first win since the Copa América triumph in July, with three draws and two defeats since.

Renan says he and his teammates are relieved to have ended that barren run in Abu Dhabi with a 3-0 victory over Korea.

“Brazil is the biggest team, everyone knows this and everyone sees we had some negative results.

“Since Copa América we haven’t won and this was our first victory so for all of us a huge weight has been lifted.”

Lodi clocked up two assists for Lucas Paquetá and Danilo and the Atletico Madrid man says he feels at home in the Seleção.

“This was my fourth game and I think I am getting better with every game. Since I arrived everyone has received me very well.

“I think I have taken my opportunity in the best way possible.” Renan was substituted in the second half complaining of pains in his knee.

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<![CDATA[‘We Expected Better Results’ Admits Tite]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96816____we_expected_better_results____admits_tite.htmlBrazil boss Tite admits that Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Korea was a relief after a run of five games without a win.

However, the Seleção boss admits he expected better results during a transitional period for his team.

“We’ve made mistakes, including my mistakes, because I am responsible. Sometimes I find a solution, but not finding the definitive solution, by trial and error.

“We switched the sides of Paqueta and Arthur. I&#39;m using an example to make the person understand that this happens.

“When we get out of a dispute and you win it, your degree of competitiveness lowers.” Tite says he was glad to be able to give minutes to different players against Korea too.

“My expectation was of better results. We were unhappy even when we performed well. For example, we created three great opportunities against Argentina, but didn’t take them.

“In a game like that it slays you, it was tough. Against Korea we had a better performance throughout the game.

“But the main goal was to give players some minutes and have players steady themselves. For example, Paqueta, Militão, Fabinho and Lodi are now options for us.”

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<![CDATA[Tite Refutes Messi Pele Comparison]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96813_tite_refutes_messi_pele_comparison.htmlBrazil coach Tite has played down comparisons between Argentina captain Lionel Messi and Brazil legend Pele. Messi continues to enjoy enormous success in the game and is widely regarded to be the finest player ever to play the sport. Betway has the best predictions for sports lovers.

The Barcelona man has won 10 league titles, 6 Copa del Reyes, 4 Champions Leagues and an Olympic gold medal. Individually he also boasts 5 Ballon D’Ors, and 6 golden shoes, though he has not won a trophy at full international level.

The debate rages in South America as to who can be regarded the finest ever between Maradona, Pele and Messi. Pele won 2 Copa Libertadores’ with Santos and 3 World Cups with his country.

Brazil boss Tite, who grew up watching Pele, has however refuted comparisons between Messi and Pele, insisting Pele is incomparable. “Pele is incomparable. Anybody who wants to compare Pele to any other athlete…do you know what I do? I hear but I don`t listen.

“It’s as if this person doesn’t know the history of this man’s quality… this guy was phenomenal. Once I said that Messi is extraordinary. I meant he’s extraordinary to the present time and among humans, with his creativity. Pele is out of normal patterns and I’m not saying this because I’m a Brazilian.

“I say it because I saw that story, the magnitude of Pele, his plays, the individual technique, the header, ambidextrous, his strength, his impulse. You [journalists] want to find a defect, you won’t find it.”

Tite also insists that Pele’s personality gives him an edge over Messi, “And as if that were not enough, Pele had an extraordinary charisma.” Pele, of course, never played in Europe, which complicates comparisons.

However, Santos played against European sides regularly in the 1960s due to Pele’s commercial appeal. Pele scored twice in the 1958 World Cup Final against Sweden aged just 17- he is also the youngest player ever to score a hat trick at the competition, surely he would get the attention of big companies like Betway and their followers.

Messi has finished as a runner-up in the World Cup with his country in 2014, losing the final to Germany in Brazil- though he was voted as player of the tournament on that occasion,. Tite denied that the strength of his opinion was informed by a spat he and Messi had during last week’s game between Argentina and Brazil.

Tite felt Messi ought to have been booked for a foul on one of his players, Messi motioned towards Tite that he should be quiet. “What happened with Messi the other day is there in the field. I just claimed a yellow and told me to shut up.”

Messi scored the winner for Argentina during that game from the penalty spot in a friendly in Saudi Arabia. Messi recently took a break from playing for his country before returning during this summer’s Copa America, which was won by Brazil, who knocked Argentina out along the way.

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<![CDATA[‘We Will Win Korea Game for Tite’ Says Renan Lodi]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96805____we_will_win_korea_game_for_tite____says_renan_lodi.htmlBrazil left-back Renan Lodi says that he and his teammates will try their hardest to end their winless streak against Korea for their manager Tite.

The Seleção have not won since their Copa América victory in July but will aiming to end that run against Korea in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

Left-back Renan Lodi thinks the win will come soon, “After the Copa America we haven’t had good results, but Tite's work is being well done, everyone is doing what he asks.

“Everyone is giving their all. We are giving our life on the field. It's a football thing, soon the victory will come, this weight will come out.”

The Atletico Madrid man says he realises his place in the national side is not guaranteed. “I have to keep doing the same thing I'm doing in my club, nothing different.

“It is maintaining my regularity, my performance and this evolution. I'm not guaranteed in the national team, there's Filipe Luis, who is on Tite's radar.

“In fact, I have to thank Filipe for everything he did for me, he texted me when I arrived at Atlético. Having this sequence in the club, I'm sure to have more chances in the national team, that's what I want. Being here is the best thing in the world.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-11/home/Mon, 18 Nov 2019 18:20:00 +0000
<![CDATA[‘We Are Not Going Through A Good Time’, Admits Casemiro]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96804____we_are_not_going_through_a_good_time_____admits_casemiro.htmlBrazil midfielder Casemiro says he and his teammates know that they are underperforming with the team now without a win in 5 games.

Since winning the Copa América in July, the Seleção have drawn 3 and lost 2 of their friendly matches.

Midfielder Casemiro says there is no hiding that the team are struggling, “We are not going through a good time, our qualifiers, the World Cup and even the Copa América haven’t been good enough.

“Not only in the results, but in the performances too. We don’t hide behind the mistakes, we want to grow in the national team.

“We have some new players but we are fully aware that we need to improve, we haven’t met our standard in recent games.

“Of course it bothers us, not winning for five games. When it comes to the Seleção we have to win every game. The Brazilian team demands the highest level.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2019-11/home/Mon, 18 Nov 2019 17:07:06 +0000
<![CDATA[Willian Rues Argentina Defeat]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/96790_willian_rues_argentina_defeat.htmlBrazil winger Willian says the Seleção are working hard, but the results just aren’t coming following their 1-0 loss to Argentina in Saudi Arabia.

It means Brazil have not won for five games since winning the Copa América in July, but Willian is confident that the results will come.

“In the game we had a good start. We had a penalty but didn’t score with it and they scored their penalty. The results are not really coming. There is no lack of commitment and work.

“It’s always difficult to play against Argentina. It's a difficult time, but we have to keep working to get the results back.

“We have quality players, everybody knows. It's a moment of reformulation, we have to keep trusting ourselves and only then will we get the positive results.”

Brazil play Korea on Tuesday as they bid to win for the first time in six matches. None of the matches have been competitive fixtures.

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