- Firmino scored twice in Brazil’s 5-0 win over Bolivia
- He discusses his new place and want to win Qatar 2022
- He raves about Alisson, Coutinho, Neymar and Salah
Brazil coaches, all through time, have been pestered by a persistent drawback: getting their cosmically gifted however equally carefree attackers to observe again.
Tite has had a paradox drawback. The current Seleção shot-caller, certainly, requested that his spearhead do much less monitoring again as he endeavours to polish him right into a bona fide striker. Roberto Firmino responded by scoring twice as Brazil thumped Bolivia 5-0 in step considered one of their mission to attain the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
The Liverpool man chatted to FIFA.com about this positional modification, the forthcoming sport in opposition to Peru, Philippe Coutinho, Neymar and Mohamed Salah and his eagerness to assist Brazil win soccer’s most prestigious prize.
FIFA.com: How did it really feel to rating two objectives in opposition to Bolivia?
Roberto Firmino: The efficiency of the entire workforce, the spirit we confirmed deserves congratulations. Getting off to a profitable begin was actually essential, and to do it with such efficiency makes it even higher. Scoring two objectives was an unimaginable feeling. I had extra probabilities, I may have scored extra, however I’m very completely happy. I’m 29, I really feel I’m at the greatest second of my profession. I want to preserve working laborious and assist Seleção attain the World Cup.
Is it true Tite requested you to observe again much less?
Yes. It’s not that he requested me not to assist out, however he needs me to all the time be in the space. I nonetheless have to get again to mark, however he needs me to chase again much less after the ball, be in the field extra. I have a pure urge to assist out, get again – I do that for Liverpool – so I have put this apart and do what Tite has requested of me. I get pleasure from being concerned in play, creating objectives, however I additionally get pleasure from being in the field, scoring objectives.
Brazil had Careca, Romario and Ronaldo for 3 a long time, however have struggled in the striker division thereafter. Can you be this No9?
Yes, undoubtedly. I love enjoying on this place, I want to be the participant Brazil can rely on on this place.
What do you consider Peru?
They’re a workforce which have improved rather a lot over the previous few years. They reached the final World Cup, they reached the remaining of the Copa America final 12 months. We have been victorious however it was a tough sport. They have good gamers and are a really harmful workforce. We know it’ll be a tough sport. We have to be at our greatest to win.
Alisson is out injured, however the place do you assume he ranks amongst the world’s greatest goalkeepers?
For me he’s the primary. I’m not simply saying that as a result of he’s my workforce-mate. The issues he does on the pitch are unimaginable. He’s already carried out an ideal job for the Seleção. And off the pitch he’s a sensational man. He’s an ideal particular person, an ideal pal, somebody I get on with very well.
Philippe Coutinho is in high-quality type…
He’s phenomenal. You merely can’t say that he’s not a magician. He has magical powers. He produces performs that don’t exist, that you just couldn’t make up. You all the time have to watch replays of his performs to perceive what he’s carried out. He’s an unbelievable participant. It was a pleasure to play with him at Liverpool, and it’s a pleasure to play with him for the Seleção. I’m an enormous fan of his. He’s considered one of the best possible gamers in the world.
What do you consider Neymar?
Another unbelievable participant. He was good in opposition to Bolivia. He was getting again to mark rather a lot and he did superb issues with the ball. There are not any phrases to describe Neymar.
And Mo Salah?
I admire Salah rather a lot. I love the means he performs. He scores a whole lot of objectives. You wouldn’t consider how laborious he works. I’m very grateful to play alongside him and [Sadio] Mane, one other magnificent participant.
Finally, you’ve received a lot with Liverpool. How badly do you want to win the World Cup?
So, so, so, a lot. Much greater than you can think about. I’ve received the Champions League, the FIFA Club World Cup, the Premier League. [The World Cup] is what’s lacking for me. I have to preserve working laborious and dreaming, and we now have to consider that that is doable in 2022. I’m immensely proud to be a part of this Seleção, to play with these gamers, for these coaches. I have large perception on this group of gamers and the teaching workers.