FC Goa Star Lucio Hints At A Possible Fallout With Manager Zico

Brazil's Lucio (L) kicks the ball past Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo during the 2010 World Cup group G soccer match at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban June 25, 2010. REUTERS/Paul Hanna (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP) - RTR2FPXY

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FC Goa’s Brazilian star man Lucio has hinted at a possible fallout with manager Zico in his latest interview with The Times of India.

Lucio joined FC Goa in 2015, signing for the ISL franchise as its new marquee player. He made 14 appearances for the Panji-based outfit in his debut season in India, helping the team reach the final of the competition, in which they faced a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Chennaiyin FC.

However, this season, the former Brazil captain made just 5 appearances – 2 of which were from the bench – before Goa eventually crashed out of the tournament after finishing at the bottom of the table.

When asked about his club’s poor form this season, the decorated defender told TOI: “This year was a little bit confusing for FC Goa. There was a change in the ownership and the programme of the team was also not good. Whatever mistakes we made this year, we have to learn from them and not repeat again.”

Former Brazilian soccer player and FIFA presidential candidate Zico attends a news conference at a hotel in Zurich, Switzerland September 24, 2015. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann - RTX1S9FL

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The ex-Bayern Munich star was also asked about the reason behind his low number of appearances this season, to which he replied: “Primarily, against Chennaiyin FC, I left the field with an ankle problem and then missed some matches. I was fit for the match against Mumbai City FC (October 21) which we won, and I played as a second-half substitute. I never had any injury problems after that.”

He then hinted at a possible fallout with manager Zico, by further adding: “After the injury, I completed my recuperation and was fit again, but I don’t know the reason why I was not fielded. The coach should be able to throw more light.”

Having said that, Lucio concluded by expressing interest in returning to India next season if any franchise shows genuine interest.

“If FC Goa, or anyone else, wants my services and offer a contract, I will definitely consider.”


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