Filipe Luis: 'Going to Russia at my best'

After having missed the plane to the last two editions of the World Cup, the Atletico Madrid left-back is raring to go in Russia.

Felip Luis in Brzil's training camp ahead of the World Cup   -  Getty Images


Brazilian left-back Filipe Luis, part of the squad headed to Russia, has said that he will arrive at the World Cup in the best of form.

"I had the chance to go to two World Cups earlier but I think I'm coming to Russia at my best, both mentally and physically," said the defender, at a press conference after the Brazilian team's training session on Friday, reports Efe.

"I'm very happy for this opportunity. Playing in a World Cup is what every footballer dreams of and when I left Brazil for Europe as a youngster, I was thinking about that possibility," the Atletico Madrid footballer added.

Luis was excluded late from the list of those called up by then-Brazilian coach Dunga to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa due to a serious injury and, despite being one of the favorites, was not chosen by Luiz Felipe Scolari for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

His call up for the World Cup in Russia was threatened by a fracture in the fibula of his left leg, which he suffered on March 15 in a Europa League match of Atletico Madrid in Moscow, but he recovered from this in 50 days and he says he has already forgotten this after playing three games already.

"I told my wife that it would be two months before she would see me at home because I would give my life to recover and be ready on time. Even if I wasn't summoned, I wanted to know that I had given everything to recover. Today I am in perfect condition to help Brazil," he said.