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Swiss international midfielder Granit Xhaka, 30, is part of Arsenal’s Premier League coach, coached by Spaniard Mikel Arteta and scored the Gunners’ 1-0 win over PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) that guaranteed the English team’s entry in a knockout. the UEFA Europa League stage, left, on the success he now enjoys after being disliked by the Londoners, advice that could have served CR7 and a difficult moment of his United man career.

“In football, everything doesn’t always go up: sometimes you have to go down, fall,” the Swiss, who three years ago (November 2019) lost the Arsenal captaincy, a status he received with another coach, admitted to the BBC. , a Spaniard, then at Unai Emery’s club (now at Villarreal), and was booed by Gunners fans after a poor draw in the London derby against Crystal Palace.

Xhaka’s gestures and profanity towards Gunners fans received such media coverage and repercussions for his career that Granit was forced to publicly apologize via his social media accounts. And he has been one foot outside of Arsenal, where he has been since 2016.

Xhaka has regained the joy of playing and a protagonist typical of a man who has already made 102 caps (12 goals) for the Swiss national team with Spanish coach Mikel Arteta: after his descent into “hell” in 2019, he now knows success in the Premier League leader League without forgetting the role of the coach in rehabilitation.

After a good performance with Seferovic and teammates at Euro 2020 (played in the summer of 2021, remember), Xhaka is now “undeniably” back at the Gunners, forming a working pair in an Arteta-designed intermediate with Thomas Partey. , and this is a treasure that can be seen at the World Cup in Qatar.

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“In fact, in 2019 I was very, very close to quitting. [do Arsenal]. And attention: when I say this, I mean the simplicity when I pack my bag and walk out the door. Mikel [Arteta] was the one who stopped me from leaving. Nuna had seen him before, but we had a good talk. And I immediately, in the first hour, told him that I wanted to leave Arsenal. Not for him, but for the convulsions and everything that happened. I didn’t think I had the conditions to wear an Arsenal shirt again,” Xhaka told BBC Sport, recalling taking off his shirt in that London derby, which pissed off fans even more.

“However, I had hope that Mikel [Arteta], with his team and ideas, can change things. And I prepared myself for this. I’m not here because my father is a coach and poor man if he doesn’t always choose eleven to play with his son! I stayed because I think I have the qualities to be a good player in this club too! I wanted and want to give something in return. That’s why I say that football is not only about climbing, sometimes you also need to go down in order to return to the top one day, ”said Xhaka.

Xhaka admits that after a tense relationship with supporters, he has had to be more modest and less pretentious. “Of course, after the fans in the stands booed him harshly and ugly, he had only one option: to leave the club. It was too much for me! Who helped me in my first three years at the club [2016 a 2019] no longer in the club. How did I deal with what happened? At that time I was very strong. I had to. I didn’t want to come back and feel the same pain as me. But I was very strong,” said Granit Xhaka.

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A good game against Brentford already this month (Premier League) was worth the forgiveness of the “sins” with the fans, when the Emirates stands chanted the name of the Swiss, which touched Xhaka, also worthy of Arteta’s praise.

“Currently [Xhaka] feels that love and respect work both ways. Having the cheerleaders sing his name makes him play even better and I’m happy because he deserves it. How to explain it? Consistency, everyday behavior, what he has learned in his career, and the will to improve, the desire to look forward, “- this is the Spaniard’s recipe for success, explaining Xhaka’s phenomenal “recovery”.

“When you do that, you put in the effort, good things usually happen,” Arteta said of one of England’s standouts: three goals and three assists in 14 games played for the Gunners this season, regaining the captain’s armband. team, in the absence of Martin Odegaard, and licking the “wounds”.

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″The six of FC Porto do not concede at the World Cup, like our injured players″

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″The six of FC Porto do not concede at the World Cup, like our injured players″

Statements by coach Ricardo Sousa after the League Cup match against Porto Mafra (2:2)

About the game: “As I said before the game, we did not come here to put the bus in front of the goal and expect miracles. We tried to be a team with principles. We have them only because my team has the quality so that we have them. We tried to share the game with Porto on an equal footing. We managed to go into the break with a two-goal lead, a comfortable lead.”

The second part: “Unfortunately Porto managed to get 2-1 in the first three minutes and we knew we were going to suffer a bit from now on. Porto have a lot of solutions and a lot of quality. They created a lot of difficulties for us.”

Draw: “They managed to make it 2-2 and we defended as best we could. As a result, I remove the attitude towards this game, it praises what they showed and what they wanted. There are boys here who deserve a lot, and today they showed that they have the quality for so much more.”

surprise: “In the end, we were surprised, and a sign of this was the score 0-2 at half-time. There were two of them, and we had one more situation to score. In the first half, Porto only seemed to get one shot on goal. “We had a good first half, but we played at home against the national champions. We are a second league team and I think Porto have six players in the World Cup. We have six injuries. Maybe the six we have.” Porto “is not as necessary at the World Cup as those that we have injuries.”

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″Ricardo Souza did not keep the surname. Neither father nor son

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Statements by Sergio Conceição, coach of FC Porto, after a 2-2 draw with Mafra in the first round of the League Cup group stage.

Criticism of Ricardo Souza, Mafra’s coach, and arbitration: “This is Portuguese football. I get sent off in Mafra for knocking the ball out of bounds. Today, the opponent’s coach did not honor his last name. He did not honor father and son. He ran into Wendell and nothing happened. The loss of time is constant, from the very beginning of the game. Only give the yellow card to the goalkeeper in the second half. I prefer not to give the yellow card … But that’s not why we lost. We can’t give the opponent 45 minutes. The referee must give 12, 14, 16 minutes. We had the conditions to change the result, but this did not happen.

Game analysis: “I told the players that we can’t give the opponent 45 minutes. We lacked aggression, aggression with the ball. We were not very aggressive. two goals. In the second half, you don’t know, I don’t know if Mafra ever reached our goal. We scored two goals and could have scored more. In the second half we were the same team as always. By applying pressure, they scored two goals. We have drawn, we need to fix two games. Playing at home, we get the support of the public. I take this opportunity to thank the fans who came here at this inhospitable time.”

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What did he take away from the game? “I take some positive situations. Others are the same or even more negative. Some players lacked the competitive pace. But that doesn’t excuse them, they have to be ready to play. Be perfect. We must have other characteristics for the game. .

On Ricardo Sousa’s statements in the flash interview: “We can come here ‘bitaitar’ and say a reality that doesn’t exist, trying to convey an image of something that didn’t exist.”

World Cup players and injuries: “We can imagine all possible and imaginary contexts. We have no reason to do what we have done. We depend on ourselves. We didn’t do much today, especially in the first half. .”

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Roger Schmidt: “At the moment Lucas Verissimo cannot be the same player” – Benfica

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Benfica manager says Brazilian not fit to play Penafiel in Alliance Cup

This Friday, Roger Schmidt announced the game of the second round of the Allianz Cup against Penafiel (tomorrow, at 20:45, Luz) and spoke about the situation with Lucas Verissimo. “Now he is not the same player, this cannot be, because he was injured a year ago, he was in great shape, he was going to the Brazilian national team. Now he is in shape, working well on recovery. , when he played for the B team, he showed that he is a reciprocal who has no complaints. But to get back in shape, you need to play. He was sick last week, didn’t play, won’t play tomorrow, but after that we hope he gets back in shape, he’s a great player,” he said.

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Asked if the players who stayed at Benfica during this league stoppage could steal a place in the eleven, the coach replied: “We have good players, but unfortunately they can only play in the eleven at the same time. At the World Cup, and now others have the opportunity to play minutes. Players need minutes to make big progress and it is important to play, especially for those who are injured. Morato, Lucas Verissimo have been away for some time and must return to form. They need competition. Unfortunately Lucas fell ill last week and will be gone tomorrow, but I hope he will be back by Christmas and get a few minutes. We have players who are doing well and it’s good that there is competition for the starting eleven.”

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