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Brazil coach Tite praises reborn Paulinho

Brazilian national coach Tite has hailed Paulinho for his form for both country and Barcelona.

The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder arrived at Camp Nou this summer from Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande under a wave of criticism from the clubs fans.

Many felt the midfielder would fail to make an impact with the Catalan club, who boast a whole host of midfield options which include Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Andres Iniesta, Denis Suarez, Andre Gomes, Arda Turan and Rafinha.

However, two league goals and solid displays have seen him push for starting place, featuring from the start in the behind closed doors victory over Las Palmas last weekend.

Having impressed for Barca, the former Spurs man has also forced his way into the Brazil side, making a huge impact in their World Cup qualifying campaign.

And, Tite has praised the 29-year-old for his performances.

“I believe he is evolving and has raised his level,” Tite told reporters ahead of the upcoming qualifier against Bolivia.

“I think the reasoning behind this is that he’s playing in Barcelona’s system of player’s supporting each other and benefiting their own performances.

“He is a box-to-box player, but has many more aspects to his game including good anticipation and perception of the game so he will no doubt be a big success at Barcelona.”

Brazil, who have already qualified for the World Cup in Russia next summer; face Bolivia and Chile over the international break.

Barcelona, meanwhile, have won seven out of seven games in La Liga and two out of two in the Champions League.

Ernesto Valverde’s side face Atletico Madrid next week at the Wanda Metropolitano looking to make it eight out eight.

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