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Paulinho eager for fast Spurs start: 'We have to beat West Ham'

Tottenham midfielder Paulinho has finally returned to the squad after the summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Paulinho has returned to training at Spurs over the last week, and is determined to see the side go all out for more wins this season, starting with the match at Upton Park on Sunday.

His absence from preseason has seen the likes of Lewis Holtby and Etienne Capoue impress, with the German in particular seemingly revelling his role in Mauricio Pochettino's team.

But the competition for places doesn't faze the Brazil star, who scored 8 goals in 37 games in his debut season at the Lane, admitting it comes with the territory at Tottenham and preferring to focus on the importance on the club racing out of the blocks this year round.

“Most of the players have had a chance to play this summer and it shows that Tottenham is a big club because we have top players,” he said.

“You have to fight for your place and I’m looking forward to the challenge, but I think the most important thing now is to think about the first game.

“West Ham are a good team but if we want to be better this season, we have to win our games and start well so I think it’s important that we are strong in the first game and then we’ll see how the rest of the season goes.”

Paulinho may not even play a part in the club's opening couple of fixtures, having only recently returned to full training as a result of his World Cup participation.

“I’ve been back for just over one week and I feel good,” added the former Corinthians player.

“I still have to train a little bit more with the squad and I’m not at 100 per cent yet, but it’s going well. It’s very good to see my team-mates again and I hope this season we can be better.

“It was a good experience for me at the World Cup, but now I have to think about the Club and about the season ahead. We have to try to win more games, and I’ll try to tell my friends and team-mates about my experiences in Brazil so that maybe it will help the group and help the team as we try to win a lot of matches this season.”

After a mammoth first season in English football last year, when he went straight from his final season at the Sao Paolo club to the Confederations Cup, and then to Spurs, Paulinho's few weeks off after the World Cup will give him a real chance to recharge his batteries, and should hopefully see an upturn in form from the 26-year-old.

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