It’s time to replicate what our predecessors have done in FIFA: Paulinho

Players of Brazil and New Zealand in action during the practice match held at Andheri sport complex, Andheri west. Express photo by Kevin DSouza, Mumbai 28-09-2017.

Vastavam web: Motivated by the messages they received from stars back home, Brazil’s versatile footballer Paulinho today said that it’s time to replicate what their predecessors have done in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.In the absence of Nigeria who failed to qualify, the South American champions are the most successful team in this edition.Brazil’s campaign has got a big boost with video messages coming from Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Ederson Moraes among others.

“It’s just positive thing for us to receive messages.They have been in such situations, played here. Some have won and some could not.One of the key players who has played in all the three positions, Paulinho said they’re currently focused on Germany and not looking too far ahead.

“We know each match has its different history. We have to go step by step. We cannot think of the final at the quarterfinal stage. Now our focus is on next game. But goal is to be the champions.” Asked whether he’s interested in playing in European leagues, he said: “There’s an opportunity for every talented players in this competition. It’s not a pressure for us as our mind is in our game. We look this more as an opportunity. What future holds for us will be a consequence of how we performance as a group here.”This shows what kind of opportunity we have here. We are now only thinking about game right now, focused in our game.”