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What Messi did for me – Neymar

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PSG star, Neymar, has revealed how former teammate, Lionel Messi, was there for him during his early days at Barcelona.

The two South American stars had a close relationship during their time together at Barcelona.

Neymar joined Barcelona in 2013 after the Catalan agreed a reported £48.6m deal with Brazilian club, Santos.

The Brazilian played in a front three alongside Messi and Luis Suarez.

Neymar, however, struggled in his first week at Barcelona.

He said Messi was there to give him some advice.
Neymar said, “He [ Lionel Messi] saw that I was half crying because I had not done a good first time.

“Messi saw that I was sad and started talking to me.

‘You have to be you. Play your football and do not be intimidated’.

“Like it or not, playing with so many stars takes you back. It gives you a bit of shame.

“After talking with him I started to let go, to show my football and to have confidence.

“It was when I relaxed, I found happiness and started a very big friendship.”

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FA Cup final: Conte reveals secret to win over Manchester United, speaks on Chelsea future

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Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has revealed that striker Olivier Giroud was key to the defeat suffered by Manchester United in Saturday’s FA Cup final.
Giroud, who joined the Blues in January from Arsenal, was picked ahead of Alvaro Morata as they clinched their eighth FA Cup.
“I believe the only way to beat Man United today was to play a strong player like Giroud, but Morata is an important player who has improved this season, who deserves to go to the World Cup,” Conte said in his post-match press conference.
When asked about his future with the club, the Italian said: “I have a contract and I’m committed for this club. I think from the start of this season, because don’t forget the speculation started after our first defeat against Burnley, my position was always the same: I’m committed for this club, despite a lot of speculation.
“One day I had the possibility to go to the national team, one day this team, one day another important team. In every press conference I always say I’m committed to this club, to respect my contract. As you know very well our job is not simple. I understand that the club can make a decision, a positive decision, a negative decision.
“I’m the first to understand. I’m the coach of a great, important club, in England and the world. It’s right that the club demands of me a lot. I think you have to understand if in this season we had the maximum or not. There is also this possibility with this group of players we did the maximum. I have great respect for my club. For sure we’ll make the best decision. I’m the first to accept every decision for the future. After these two seasons I will always love this colour, these fans, this club. Also if my future must be in a different way.
“I think after two years the club knows me very well. The club knows me very well. If they want to continue to work with me, they know me. I can’t change. I can’t change.

“My way is always the same. Hard work and to build a strong mentality with my players. I can’t change. I can’t change. I’m this. I’m this and I think my past speaks very clear as a player and as a manager.”

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EPL: Thierry Henry makes last-minute attempt to snatch Arsenal job from Arteta

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Thierry Henry is desperate to succeed Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager and will not take up an offer from the club to join the backroom staff under Mikel Arteta, Sportsmail reports.
Henry is said to want the top position or nothing.
Arteta is already in advanced talks with the Gunners and is almost certain to be confirmed as the new manager.
But Henry is keen on meeting with the Arsenal hierarchy and present his ideas on Monday.
Both former Arsenal players completed their UEFA Pro coaching qualification through the Football Association of Wales this week.

Henry has been assistant to Belgium boss, Roberto Martinez, since 2016, while Arteta has been Pep Guardiola’s right-hand man at Manchester City.

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FA Cup final: Mourinho reveals why Manchester United lost to Chelsea

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Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has admitted that his team missed Romelu Lukaku in their FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.
Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty was enough as the Blues won their only silverware of this season.
However, Mourinho insisted that it would have been different if Lukaku, who was named on the substitutes’ bench, was fit to start at Wembley.
“I congratulate them because they won but I don’t think they deserved to win. I am Manchester United manager and I have to be respectful, not just because they are my previous club but because they are the opponents today but I think we deserved to win.
“I am quite curious to know what you say or what people write because if my team plays like Chelsea did I can imagine what people would say. I am quite curious.
“It was a bit hard for us to play without Lukaku against a team that defends with nine players. You need that presence. Every defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. No regrets.
“They (Chelsea) know our team without Lukaku or Fellaini does not have a presence so putting 8 or 9 players in front of the box they knew they would be dominant in that direct football. We tried everything by other ways but they had a huge block of compacted players,” Mourinho said.

When asked why Lukaku didn’t start the game, Mourinho replied: “When a player tells you he cannot start a game, how can you convince him to play? It does not make sense.”

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