Gilberto praise for Porto
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gilberto Silva feels Porto could join Arsenal in qualifying for the next round.
Gilberto Silva feels Porto could join Arsenal in qualifying for the next round of the UEFA Champions League.
The Gunners took a giant step towards the knockout phase of the competition with a 2-0 victory over Porto on Tuesday evening.
Arsenal now have maximum points after two games, while CSKA Moscow are in second in Group G after beating Hamburg 1-0.
But Brazilian midfielder Gilberto believes 2004 winners Porto can usurp the Russian side and qualify for the next stage.
"The match was not easy, but Arsenal played very seriously and from the first minute our objective was to win," Gilberto told Antena 1 TV.
"The victory was fair, but the main thing was to add the three points.
"Porto is a team that controls the ball very well and is strong in defence, but we have played superior.
"I believe that the Portuguese team has options to get past this stage."
Gilberto also praised his fellow Brazilians, Anderson and Helton, who started the game at Emirates Stadium for Porto.
He added: "Anderson is a player with a big future. He has excellent touch on the ball and I think that he will be able to play in a big league.
"I have spoken with Helton and he is happy with Dunga's call-up to the Brazil team.
"He is working hard in Porto and really deserves his presence for the next friendly matches with the national team."