Zico, the former Brazil midfielder thinks that the Tottenham midfielder, Paulinho is not playing well and he does not deserve to play for Brazil national team.

Former Brazil midfielder Zico believes that Paulinho is behind of all that struggling performance Brazil did put in the first games of the competition. Referee decisions helped a bit Brazil in they first game vs Croatia wich they won 3-1, and a bore disappointing draw vs Mexico.

Zico believes that Paulinho is suffering from a lack of confidence after his awful season at Tottenham.

“The most important change was never made: Paulinho once again had a game to forget,” told Zico for the Guardian.

“He is a problem now because he is a shadow of the player that last year proved so important in creative and defensive duties. He is a true box-to-box player that I had the pleasure to interview for my TV show and I advised him to keep playing that way.

“Paulinho should have made way for Ramires in the middle and Willian could have been an option to replace Hulk on the right.

“Paulinho had a tough season at Tottenham and it’s blatantly clear that he lacks rhythm and confidence. He is not as incisive as he used to be.

Brazil will face Cameroon on June 23.

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