Paulinho says Brazil wants to replicate predecessors' success in tournament

Ruben Hill
October 22, 2017

"We see this as a positive thing for us as crowd will be supporting Brazil".

Asked whether messages from Brazil senior team players add to the pressure that comes with playing a World Cup, Paulinho said: "They have been at this competition before and now, it is our turn".

In the recent past, Germany annihilated Brazil 7-1 in the 2014 World Cup in the latter's den, while the Neymar-inspired Selecao returned the favour at the Rio Olympics a year ago by winning the gold medal.

Former captain Dunga was appointed for the second time after the 1994 World Cup victor had coached the national team in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. A clash of contrasting tactics and ideologies. "The consequences of what we make as a group though could help us in future", said Paulinho who has two goals and two assists in 318 minutes of football in four games of this World Cup.

"With 40,000, I have". Amadeu rued that his team's midfield play was not good as the Hondurans had many shots at the Brazil goal. He wouldn't have to worry too hard about that though.

The football-crazy Kolkata is all set to roar for their favourite team with the turnout expected to breach the 60,000 mark and Brazil would find themselves at home but Wueck is hardly bothered about it. Unlike a lot of them though, he is also used to playing in front of 40,000 fans who don't like his deep friendship with a football.

The second act was redemption, when Neymar and Brazil's U-23 team clinched gold at the Rio Olympics, downing the Germans in the final. What future holds for us will be a effect of how we performance as a group here.

Germany have scored nine goals but also conceded six from four matches but Wueck said it's not a matter of concern for them. Every defence who've come across the likes of Alan, Lincoln and Paulinho have found them hard to handle.

For the Germans, a shock 0-4 loss against Iran in the group league stage has been the sore point in the tournament. "I just wanted the boys to come off the field", is how German coach Christian Wuck described that game.

"Each game has its own history and they are different". Even their 4-0 demolition of Colombia in the last 16, was more down to the South Americans being woeful than Germany being spectacular.

Compared to their illustrious seniors who are five-time reigning world champions, the German colts are still searching for an elusive title at U-17 level.

"Both teams always try to play aggressive, not sitting back". It's not like one team plays and the other sits back. "We have two-and-half-years of work with these guys", he informed. We are very happy to play the quarterfinals here. "Scoring three goals gave us some relaxing moments", the coach added.

"I have told my players to be prepared for a draw", he said. Their best came in the tournament's inaugural edition in China 1985 when the then West Germany had finished runners-up.

Penalties would be cruel, but the occasion demands no less drama.

Germany defeated Brazil 4-3 in a goal-littered third-place contest at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City in 2011.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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