Bruno Guimaraes has been one of Newcastle United’s best players this season, but it has not all been plain sailing according to the Brazilian.
The 25-year-old helped Newcastle qualify for the Champions League on Monday night, and could not hide his delight after the 0-0 draw with Leicester. However, he was lucky to end the game on the pitch after a dangerous first half challenge on Boubakary Soumare.
Bruno got away with just a yellow, and was able to see out the game and ensure Newcastle got the point they needed.
Champions League football is the perfect end to a glorious season for the Magpies, and it ensured that Bruno’s dream came true. He spoke about wanting to qualify for Europe’s elite competition when he first arrived, back when the club were still fighting for survival.
However, his first full season on Tyneside is going to end with Newcastle in the top four, meaning the midfielder can return to the competition he previously played in with Lyon.
It is a remarkable achievement, but Bruno has admitted that this season has not been perfect for him.
Bruno Guimaraes admits he has had ‘too many injuries’
After the game, Bruno spoke to NUFC TV. He reflected on his season and some of the difficulties he has faced.
“It has been a difficult season for me,” he said.
“Too many injuries. I passed for many things this year. The World Cup, becoming a father. What an achievement for me and my family.
“I’m just happy to finish the season healthy. I just want to recover my body because next season will be incredible for this club.”
Newcastle will hope Bruno can stay fit next season
While Bruno might think this has been a difficult season for him, it has rarely shown on the pitch. He has been one of our best players; an instrumental figure in Eddie Howe’s side finishing in the top four.
There have been setbacks along the way. The ankle injury he picked up January has plagued him ever since – although it has looked to be behind him in our most recent games. However, it had certainly been an issue, and something that the club will likely address this summer.
There was also the difficulty of falling short in Qatar, with Brazil only reaching the World Cup quarter finals despite being one of the favourites. That was a great disappointment for Bruno, who did not play as much as he would have hoped.
He has also had the challenge of becoming a father for the first time, which will have changed his life off the pitch.
While he may believe that the injuries have made it a ‘difficult season’, Bruno has enjoyed an excellent year in black and white. And next year could be even better.
He thinks it is going to be incredible, and why shouldn’t it be as long as we’ve got Bruno in the middle?