“Tite asked me to be more of an organiser — to let others be free around me,”
“And this is what will happen with this Brazil team. We want to release Coutinho because he has amazing skills. Tite wants him to be nearer the goal.
“This will happen in matches. It’s not a problem. I can do that job. All I want to do is help Brazil. And of course the manager decides who plays but in my opinion, Philippe Coutinho – he rocks.”
Paulinho’s presence in Russia this summer alone is indicative of the transformation he has made on the field as many could have been excused for discounting the midfielder’s chances of featuring for Brazil after a dismal spell at ?Tottenham which ultimately took him to the Chinese Super League in 2015.
Two-years after signing for
“I knew when I left Spurs I would be further away from the Brazil team. There was some lack of trust and criticism. I’ve had that at different clubs I’ve played for. There’s been some at Corinthians, Tottenham and even now at Barcelona.
“But in China I kept working at as high a level as possible because I was sure people were watching me. I became confident again.
“I played at a high level and returned to the Brazil squad, which was my biggest dream,” he added.