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Fluminense striker Fred happy to start holiday's early

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Fluminense coach Abel Braga announced this week that he would be releasing his first team squad for their end of season holiday early this year, as a thank you for winning the title, and stiker Fred is looking forward to the break.

Fred, 29, has been in fantastic goalscoring form this season, bagging 20 league goals, and the striker believes the break, which means that the champions will field a reserve team against Vasco on Sunday, is deserved.

"Too good, right? It was deserved," said the former Lyon star told Globo Esporte.

"Now the main thing is that the kids put a lot of quality into play. Samuel, for example, is deserving. He has saved us many times in the Brasileirão.

"And we can take a break too. I'll be cheering. Maybe even go to the game to send positive energy."

Fred also gave his opinion on the news that Luiz Felipe Scolari will replace Mano Menezes as coach of the Brazilian national team.

"Scolari and Parreira are two people with a lot of experience. They have won titles there and also experienced disappointments. They are used to this kind of pressure.

"The World Cup is in Brazil is great, but the pressure will be too great. Therefore it is important to have professionals with this template. I hope to be there too," he added.


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