Fernando: “I am proud that they nicknamed me ‘El Pulpo”

first_imgSevilla will appreciate it. Did you expect such a quick adaptation to LaLiga?Yes, why not? Sevilla are a well-known team in Brazil, my compatriots like Luis Fabiano, Alves, Renato, Baptista, Adriano have triumphed here … They come to win and I always want to win. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of April 4, 2020 Have you been surprised by anything from the club, from the city?Well, I didn’t think that in Seville people were so nice and friendly, like a family. The people of Seville seem Brazilian in many ways and thus it is easy for anyone in my country to adapt.And first, what has caught your attention? How do you spend these days of confinement?At home with family. It is a difficult time for everyone but we have to see it on the positive side, that of being able to spend more time with your children and with your wife. If we think about other things, we go crazy.And that ‘positive side’ for you is that you were injured and can now recover.If the championship had continued I would have missed seven or eight games. And now possibly, if I continue well, I will not miss any. When you see the Spanish championship on TV you already think it is very good. But when you play here you realize that there is an impressive quality. In England they do not have as much technique to have the ball, turn or make a good pass. But any Primera team takes the ball from you and combines quickly. That in my position, that of a defensive midfielder, is somewhat lethal. If you make a little mistake, they kill you.The defensive pivot thing comes to your hair … What a way to steal balls.I think that every team needs a player like this, so that he can attack calmly, without fear of receiving counterattacks. Jesualdo Ferreira, my first coach at Porto, taught me many things.Zito, Dunga, Mazinho … Go pivots with office and forcefulness has given the canarinha apart from the pretty game.In Brazil all parents think that their children are going to be footballers, they give them a ball at birth. But there is the quality and in Europe they teach you how to position yourself. If we had better positioning we would have won more World Cups.Six years in Porto, two in City … And he has not played with Brazil or Portugal, where he was nationalized.FIFA did not leave me with Portugal … and yes, it is rare that someone who has been playing Champions for so long and in important teams never goes to Seleçao. Playing with Brazil yet? I don’t think about it anymore, only about winning things with Sevilla.They call him ‘the Octopus’. Where does it come from?It happened in Porto. In 2009 we tied 2-2 at Old Trafford and I stole a lot of balls, I made a great match. A weird nickname? I like it, I am very proud.When do you think LaLiga will return?We don’t know when it will return. Not even if he will return. But if it takes much longer it will be complicated. I have already been told that here in Seville, in July, it is extremely hot. And so you can’t play soccer.last_img read more