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Ramires and Paulinho encouraged to make defensive midfield roles their own

Ramires in action against Iraq
Mowa Press

Brazil coach Mano Menezes has encouraged Ramires and Paulinho to make the defensive midfielder position their own, to give them a lasting place within the Seleção.

The pair started the game against Iraq, in which Brazil won 6-0, and will line-up alongside each other again when the Seleção face Japan on Tuesday.

Mano Menezes has made it clear that a defensive midfielder who displays good marking and helps to start attacks will be preferred in his team.

Corinthians midfielder, Paulinho, said: "At first it was hard, because we both have attacking characteristics within.

"But we talk a lot. The main thing is the marking."

The duo also played in Brazil’s 3-0 win over Sweden in August, but Ramires predominantly played on the right hand side, like he does in the Premier League.

However, this recent position change to a more defensive role does not bother the Chelsea man as he is willing to play in any position.

Ramires said: "I always try to do my best. At Chelsea I am used elsewhere, but now I'm back to attacking.

"I had the opportunity to return [to the Seleção] and I do not want to leave.

"I want to help. I want to give the maximum in any position."

Ramires and Paulinho will be looking to cement a place in Mano Menezes’ starting eleven as Rômulo, Sandro and Lucas Leiva are also able to play the role.


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