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Former Brazil Boss Parreira Heaps Praise on Casemiro and Paulinho

Former Brazil boss Carlos Alberto Parreira has identified midfielders Casemiro and Paulinho as two of the most vital cogs in the Seleção line-up.

Parreira had two spells in charge of Brazil- winning the World Cup with them in 1994- before coaching them again between 2003 – 2006.

Parreira said of Casemiro, “Last year, I went to give a talk to coaches at UEFA. Wales coach Chris Coleman said, ‘Gareth Bale told me that Casemiro was Real Madrid’s most important player, because he gave the team balance.

“With Casemiro there, Luka Modric can go, Bale can go, because Casemiro protects the team behind the midfield.” Parreira also heaped praise on Barcelona midfield Paulinho, whose career has been resurrected under Tite’s guidance.

“Paulinho has a fundamental quality: He is the player that spring forward as a surprise and that is why he is so often unmarked. He scored three goals against Uruguay in Montevideo, where we hardly ever win.

“He was reborn, and credit to Tite for that, who knew him Corinthians and went looking for him in China when nobody was talking about Paulinho anymore.”


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