Felipe Anderson Criticism no problem for Lazio winger

He is yet to recapture the stellar form he showed last season, but Lazio winger Felipe Anderson is confident that he can silence the critics

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Under-fire Lazio winger Felipe Anderson insists he has been unaffected by recent criticism of his form.

After emerging as a standout performer for the Serie A club last season, scoring 10 goals and adding a further seven assists, the Brazil international has struggled to match those feats this term, failing to complete a full 90 minutes and scoring only one goal thus far.

The 22-year-old, however, claims he has been untroubled by the criticism directed towards him from sections of both the media and the club's fan base.

"It's normal in football, when everyone expects a lot from you, they criticise a lot," he said. "Of course, we're at the beginning and no-one is happy.

"That's football, if you do well you're the best, the next day you're not.

"I've never felt that I'm the best, I worked well with the team, and everyone got goals. I'm an important player who can make a difference, but I never thought like that."

And the man who was strongly linked with a £22million summer move to Manchester United went on to stress his intention to work his way back to top form.

"I am like everyone else in side, though, I have to work and run for the team," he said. "I think opponents know me better this season which makes things for me more difficult.

"I know I have to do better, I have to work in order to improve."

Felipe Anderson is expected to feature for Lazio when they take on Saint-Etienne in the Europa League on Thursday.

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