Gabriel Barbosa: "Frank de Boer's criticism? I respect him and will work to improve"
“He thought he was still in Brazil. He was walking instead of running, he wanted to get the ball but without going after it. He did not understand that he had to train hard. He must look in the mirror and has to try every day from now on to be the best version of himself, not having that superstar attitude. He has only won one Olympics and nothing else. He has to prove to himself, his teammates and the coach that he is a good player. Big European country is not the Brazilian league. I do hope that he soon realize this because otherwise, it will be a shame for Brazilian football.”
A week ago, with these words, came a strong criticism from Frank de Boer to Gabriel Barbosa who has decided to use a softer tone, one of diplomacy, to respond to his former coach.
“I saw what he said and I respect his opinion as he is a great coach. He left Inter to work with another team in England (Crystal Palace) and I think that everyone has their opinion and I respect it and try to learn from what he said. He is a lot older than I am so I have to listen to the things older people are saying about me. That is what my father taught me. I am sure Frank De Boer has more experience than me and so if he thinks like that, then I respect him and will work to improve.
“I have great relationship with Inter and so the things that he said about me are considered helpful, not to criticize me. Although I do think that some criticism will help and whenever they come, I will be thankful.”