The Incredible Hulk?
Hulk Celebrates After Scoring The Opening Goal In Brazil's 3-0 Victory Over Bolivia
With Brazil reaching the semi final of the Copa América, Sky Sports Brazil reporter Miguel Rigdinho spoke with wing-back Hulk in a Sky Sports exclusive interview. The twenty-four year old wing-back has been in great form throughout the competition, scoring his first Brazil goal against Bolivia and claiming the Man Of The Match award in each of Brazil's last three fixtures.
Congratulations on scoring your first Brazil goal in the last game. How happy are you with the goal?
Hulk: "It was a fantastic moment for me personally, and the occasion made it that bit better. That goal was very important for me to score and it has given me yet another moment in my career to cherish. Playing in the position I do, goal-scoring opportunites do not come around all too often so to be able to score in the quarter final of the Copa América is a fantastic achievement."
After progressing to the semi finals, how do you rate your team's chances of winning the Copa América?
Hulk: "We've given ourselves a wonderful opportunity of winning the competition, and all we need to do now is win our final two games to bring home the cup. Of course, we do have to win our games first and that is no easy task. There are still plenty of top teams left and they will certainly provide plenty of competition.
You will face Chile in the semi finals. What are your thoughts on this draw?
Hulk: "Chile have a fantastic set of players. The likes of Alexis Sánchez, Erick Pulgar and Lorenzo Reyes provide plenty of quality which we are well aware of. They performed well to knock Peru out in the quarter finals and they have proven in recent years that they are a side to be wary of. We will need to be focused and well-prepared if we are to progress to the final. That being said, we have the quality to beat anybody when we are on form and I am always confident of a victory."
Your recent form has certainly attracted interest from a host of top clubs. Do you see this competition as an opportunity to showcase your skills?
Hulk: "No, not really. I'm enjoying playing for Brazil and I'm certainly not using this competition to further my career. As far as I'm concerned, I'm playing at the highest level of my game right now. I am very happy at Schalke right now. We just won the Bundesliga a year after reaching the Champions League final. We are very competitive which is all I can ask for and we are putting together a world class team. Hopefully we can become a top European force in the coming years."
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