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“Robert Lewandowski much better than Luis Suarez” – Paulo Sergio


Previous Bayern Munich forward Paulo Sergio has hailed Robert Lewandowski as “the most effective striker in the world.”

In an interview with purpose.com, the Brazilian mentioned the blend of Lewandowski‘s goal-scoring ability and his superior method puts Bayern’s prolific No.9 ahead of his friends.

“I feel [Lewandowski] is the most effective in his position,” opined Sergio, scorer of 34 goals in 125 appearances in excess of the class of 3 seasons in a Bayern shirt amongst 1999-2001. “Robert scores so quite a few goals, but he also has a superb method.

“[Barcelona‘s] Luis Suarez is up there, but Lewandowski has a much better method. He’s the much better player, for me.”

View: The 1st a hundred of Lewandowski‘s 103 Bundesliga goals for Bayern

Couple would disagree. With a league-primary 26 Bundesliga goals so far this year – 2 times as quite a few as his nearest pursuer in the scoring charts – Lewandowski is on class for a 3rd Torjägerkanone prize, as effectively as a sixth Bundesliga title.

The Poland captain has also struck 5 times in the UEFA Champions League and added 3 DFB Cup goals to his 2017/eighteen tally, fuelling Bayern’s hopes of repeating their 2013 treble results.

“I feel Bayern are rather close to the treble-profitable kind of 2012/thirteen,” Sergio added. “The Bundesliga title is essentially in the bag, now it can be about other goals. The biggest of a good deal is to win the Champions League once more, and I feel they are in with a massive prospect.”

Bayern, who will be topped Bundesliga champions for a sixth successive year and twenty-seventh general with a win in opposition to Augsburg at the weekend, keep all the playing cards in their UEFA Champions League quarter-remaining tie with Sevilla soon after profitable the 1st leg 2-1 in Spain on Tuesday.

 

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Paulo Duarte puzzled over Bafana struggles – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Oct 05, 2017. 16:00


Upon his arrival in South Africa, Burkina Faso coach Paulo Duarte says every team in Group D has a chance to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Burkinabe manager says they have to win their next encounter against Bafana Bafana at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

However, despite praising the hosts, he remains mystified as to why the 2010 FIFA World Cup hosts and the 1996 African champions fail to qualify for major tournaments.

“I say all the time that I don’t understand why South Africa do not have the results‚” the coach said to the Sowetan.

“You have so many good players but every time you don’t have qualification.

“If you have the World Cup or the Africa Cup of Nations in your home you play.

“If you ask me if the team today is better than five years ago I would tell you‚ ‘No’.

“But you have good players‚ good conditions‚ a good league.

“Burkina Faso have first place‚ but we have to win the next match. And the next match is against South Africa.”



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Paulo Duarte surprisingly recalls erratic Malo for Bafana clash – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Diakite Daouda, Burkina Faso goalkeeper instructs his teammate Patrick Malo during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier match against Uganda Cranes on 29 March 2016 at Mandela Stadium, Namboole. ©Ismail Kezaala/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Oct 04, 2017. 10:30


Despite criticising defender Patrick Malo for his errors, Burkina Faso coach Paulo Duarte has recalled the defender to replace Yacouba Coulibaly.

Just last week, Duarte dropped Malo from his squad as he labelled the 25-year-old as erratic.

He also said he wants players who will not jeopardise the country’s dream to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup ahead of the South Africa clash.

The player has since been included in the squad for the qualifying encounter at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Malo played in last month’s qualifiers against Senegal, which both ended in draws, but his performance on and off the pitch led to criticism from Duarte.

“Everyone makes mistakes‚ but Malo is making too many‚” said Duarte at the time.

Duarte also revealed that Malo had to rush to the dressing room to find his match shirt when asked to come on as a substitute during the Senegal game in Dakar.



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Burkina Faso squad announced by Paulo Duarte – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Alain Traore of Burkina Faso celebrates with teammates during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals 3&4 match playoff between Burkina Faso and Ghana at the Port Gentil in Gabon on 04 February 2017 ©Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Aug 25, 2017. 12:00


Burkina Faso head coach Paulo Duarte has named the Stallions squad ahead of their two crucial matches with Senegal.

The Stallions will lock horns with Senegal’s Lions of Teranga both home and away in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers next month.

The Lions of Teranga are scheduled to host Burkina Faso in Dakar on 2nd September 2017, while the return leg match will be played in Ouagadougou three days later.

Portuguese tactician Duarte has surprisingly left out Burkina Faso’s talisman Jonathan Pitroipa, who is currently without a club.

The Stallions are sitting at the top of the Group D standings with four points with four matches left. Only the group leaders will qualify.

Burkina Faso are also set to take part in the 2017 WAFU Nations Cup which will be hosted by Ghana. The regional tournament will be run from September 9 and 24.

Full squad:

Moussa Germain Sanou (Beauvais / France)

Daouda Diakité (AS Vita Club / DR Congo)

Hervé Kouakou Koffi (Lille / France)

Defenders

Dylan Ouédraogo (U19 Monaco / France)

Issouf Paro (Niort / France )

Arnaud Patrick Malo (Smouah / Egypt)

Issoufou Dayo (Racing Club de Berkane / Morocco)

Mohamed Ouattara (WAC Casablanca / Morocco)

Yacouba Coulibaly (Le Havre / France)

Steeve Farid Yaogo (Toulouse / France)

Midfielders

Ibrahim Blati Touré (Omonia Nicosia / Cyprus)

Cyrille Barros Bayala (Sheriff Tiraspol / Moldova)

Charles Kaboré (Krasnordar / Russia)

Alain Sibiri Traoré (Al Markhiya / Qatar)

Aziz Stéphane Ki

Youse Banhoro (Santos / Brazil)

Anthony Koura (Nancy / France)

Attackers

Prejuce Nakoulma (Nantes FC / France)

Aristide Bancé (Al Masry / Egypt)

Isidore Bertrand Traore (Lyon / France)

Banou Diawara (Smouah / Egypt)

Abdoul Gafar Sirima Tamboc / Russia)



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