‘I have nothing to prove’, says De Paula ahead of MSL return
Over and over again, then-Selangor coach Mehmet Durakovic was asked questions regarding the effectiveness of Guilherme De Paula last year.
Despite scoring 15 goals – including that stunning lob against Kelantan – and making 12 assists in all competitions for Selangor, the Brazilian was still let go by the club, as were compatriot Leandro dos Santos and Durakovic.
Clearly, many were not fans of De Paula at Shah Alam, even if he did prove instrumental in Selangor’s 2015 Malaysia Cup success, after assisting both of Ahmad Hazwan Bakri’s goals in the 2-0 win over Kedah in the final.
But as far as De Paula was concerned, that chapter has closed and he dismissed suggestions that he had unfinished business left in the Malaysia Super League ahead of his impending move to PDRM FA.
“I don’t need to prove anything to anybody. I worked for the team while at Selangor and we had success,” De Paula shared with FourFourTwo.
“All the running up and down the pitch, people don’t see. I scored some goals and helped Afiq Azmi and Hazwan score too. At times I felt all these went unnoticed.
“We were a team and played for each other. If we didn’t, Selangor surely wouldn’t be Malaysia Cup champions.”
After leaving Selangor, De Paula joined Ethnikos Achna in the Cyprus First Division but his impact was minimal, as he scored only one goal in 10 games.
However, the 30-year-old believes that there was no need to read too much into his statistics, as he was not in the best shape after the absence of a pre-season conditioning.
“The standard in Cyprus is higher than Malaysia although it was not a big club and my team was near the bottom. I joined the team half way and didn’t get many games.
“I wasn’t in the best physical condition too … I didn’t train much as everything was hanging in a balance with the situation at Selangor.”
“I’m in a better shape now as the season just ended in Cyprus and I have another month of training with PDRM before the season resumes.”
Right now, De Paula’s immediate priority was to push the Cops up the league table in any way possible.
PDRM are seventh in the MSL standing after collecting 14 points from 12 games and are expected to battle T-Team, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan for fourth place. They are also in contention for the Malaysia Cup.
“(What I did at Selangor), it’s the same thing I want to bring to PDRM. Of course I want to score goals but as long as I can help my teammates score, that is something already. I’m not selfish,” he said.
“I’m in a new team and will have to start again. I know some of the players from going up against them last year and we’ve been getting along time well these past few days.
“We’ve got a league placing to fight for and the Malaysia Cup. It’s a tough group with Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT), Perak and PKNS but we have what it takes to get past the group stages. 10 points should be enough.”