Gervinho promises flair at WC


The flair-filled style of the left-sided winger has proven an integral part of the Ivorian attack over the last years but an instinctive approach has also been exasperating at times for teammates and fans alike.

“While it is true that at times, the individual can make the difference, the fans can rest assured that I will contribute to the team first in each game we play,” he told reporters at the team base in Aguas de Lindoia, some 150km from Sao Paulo.

“In this team the objectives of the Elephants is top priority. To play by myself, would be meaningless and unproductive.”

Gervinho goes into the tournament after a strong club season with Serie A runners-up Roma, restoring a reputation lost when he was still playing at Arsenal.

“I can call it a very good season because we achieved our goal of a Champions League place. Everyone was very pleased with the team,” he said.

“I already knew the coach (Rudi Garcia) and I enjoyed his confidence. Therefore I quickly integrated with the rest of the squad.”

Gervinho’s form continued through the World Cup preparations with the winger at the heat of the Ivory Coast’s 2-1 win over El Salvador in their last warm-up match in the U.S. before travelling onto Brazil. He scored the first goal and set up the second for captain Didier Drogba.

“It was good preparation,” said the 27-year-old. “We took it very seriously and the coaching staff had the right formula to get the best of out the players, who had varying levels of fitness. We are in Brazil in good physical shape and a healthy state of mind.

“I’m not going to make any predictions but each of us is prepared and fully aware of what is expected. That is to say, to get through the first round,” he added.