Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho has praised his Brazilian teammate Fernandinho after the Manchester City player enjoyed a goal-scoring appearance for Brazil on Monday.
“And how Fernandinho played because the game was hard and he helped us start working. We are working to find the best way.”
Some feel the “best way” would be without Paulinho in the team, with the Tottenham star struggling to find the form that made him a surprise star at the Confederations Cup.
Shortly after those impressive showings he arrived at White Hart Lane, and yet he has failed to replicate his best form and Brazilian legend Zico even went so far as to call Paulinho “a problem” for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side.
So as much as it is honourable for the Spurs man to praise his international teammate, he should perhaps be more concerned about losing his place to the Manchester City man.
After all, Fernandinho looked impressive during his 45-minute spell against Cameroon, scoring one and creating a clear-cut chance for another while playing more accurate passes and having more touches on average than Paulinho has managed in the tournament.
The way things are going, the City midfielder could easily take the place of the stuttering Spurs man who was so effusive in his praise of Fernandinho.