Carlos Vinicius has admitted that he found giving a post-match interview in English to be more challenging that netting a hat-trick against Marine.
Tottenham thrashed the eighth tier side 5-0 in the FA Cup third round to set up a fourth round clash against Wycombe.
Vinicius was handed a rare start by Jose Mourinho and certainly made his case to the Spurs boss with a clinical display, albeit against sub-standard opposition.
A video of Lucas Moura teaching the Benfica loanee English went viral a couple of weeks ago and the striker admitted that he is not yet comfortable communicating in the foreign language.
In an interview with ESPN Brasil (as relayed by Sport Witness), the 25-year-old was asked what he found more difficult – scoring thrice or giving an interview, and he responded: “I believe it was giving the interview later in English.
“It was the most complicated for me. Even more with my professor Lucas Moura, our English hasn’t been easy.”
Vinicius’ journey to the top has been anything but straight forward, with the striker admitting that he thought about quitting the game just three years ago.
When asked about whether he seriously considered stopping, he said: “I thought about stopping because things were not going well for me anymore.
“In the profession, in football. This worried me because I was no longer able to bring the bread into the house.”
In an emotional conversation with Moura a couple of months ago, the striker opened up on how difficult he found coping with the passing of his mother.
When asked about how the tragedy affected him, he responded: “Yes, this subject always gets me very strong. and I take that part. The good son, the things she witnessed in my life, in my sister’s life.
“We are from a very small town in Maranhão, Bom Jesus das Selvas. Here I leave a hug for all of them. It’s my people, it’s the city I love. And people know what I’m talking about. It’s not easy to get out of there.”
Thankfully for Vinicius, he has no problems communicating with Mourinho and his coaching staff as they all speak Portuguese.
The Brazilian admitted that he is enjoying life under the Tottenham boss.
Speaking about Mourinho, he said: “He’s from the locker room, he’s from the chatting, he’s always joking, he’s always pulling.
“But also when it’s time to go over, he comes over. Because he’s a coach who wants to win.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Vinicius’ comes across as an extremely humble guy, which is understandable given where he has come from and what he has gone through. I know I speak for all Spurs fans when I saw that we are desperate for him to succeed at the club.
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