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Paulinho: 'Philippe Coutinho is amazing'

Paulinho: 'Philippe Coutinho is amazing'
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Brazil midfielder Paulinho hails fellow countryman Philippe Coutinho as "amazing" and said that he is excited to play alongside his club teammate.

Brazil midfielder Paulinho has hailed fellow countryman Philippe Coutinho as "amazing" and said that he is excited to play alongside his club teammate.

The Barcelona duo, who were both included by Tite in Brazil's 23-man World Cup squad, are expected to take part in the country's opening game against Switzerland on Sunday.

Paulinho, speaking to The Mirror, revealed that Tite plans to use him as an "organiser" to allow Coutinho to roam further upfield.

"Tite asked me to be more of an organiser — to let others be free around me," the midfielder said. "And this is what will happen with this Brazil team. We want to release Coutinho because he has amazing skills. Tite wants him to be nearer the goal.

"This will happen in matches. It's not a ­problem. I can do that job. All I want to do is help Brazil.

"And of course the ­manager decides who plays but in my opinion, Philippe Coutinho – he rocks."

Brazil are one of the favourites to lift the World Cup trophy for a sixth time in their history.

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