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Roberto Carlos Identifies Philippe Coutinho As Key Man For Brazil

Brazil legend Roberto Carlos says that Philippe Coutinho can be a key man for the Seleção during this World Cup, especially with opposition attention devoted to Neymar. Coutinho scored a stoppage time goal against Costa Rica on Friday, before Neymar added a second.

Carlos sees the Barca schemer as an important part of Brazil’s World Cup hopes, “Tite has also brought the best out of Philippe Coutinho, who is shining in a central position,” he told the Mirror newspaper.

“I love watching that guy play. He’s ­brilliant on the ball, obviously, but he’s clever off it, too, taking up good positions. Everyone speaks about Neymar, but Coutinho is proving that he’s also a ­massive player for Brazil too. When all the defenders focus on ­Neymar, he pops up and decides matches.”

Carlos also says that Neymar should cool his temper, despite what he perceives as rough treatment from opposing players, “I can understand why he gets annoyed with referees. He got kicked around in both games, but the ref in the Costa Rica match kept telling him off, saying he was diving.

“But I’d tell him to stay a bit more calm in those ­situations. He can be this World Cup’s best player and we don’t need him getting sent off. Some people were wondering why he was crying after the final whistle, but I don’t have a problem with that. He was out of action for three months and needed to get some of the emotion out after scoring.”


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