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Zico believes Paulinho is a “problem” for Brazil

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Former Brazil international Zico has admitted he was surprised that Paulinho wasn’t replaced in the Seleção’s 0-0 draw with Mexico.

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder played the full 90 minutes, despite an abject performance.

Zico believes Head Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari made a mistake in leaving Paulinho on and notes that his form is a concern for Brazil.

“The most important change was never made: Paulinho once again had a game to forget,” he wrote in his column for The Guardian. “He is a problem now because he is a shadow of the player who last year proved so important in creative and defensive duties. 

“He is a true box-to-box player that I had the pleasure to interview for my TV show and I advised him to keep playing that way. Paulinho should have made way for Ramires in the middle and Willian could have been an option to replace Hulk on the right. 

“I really didn’t understand why Scolari tested the Chelsea man in training and in friendlies but then didn’t summon him for the Mexico game.”


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