New Brazil are organised, focused, fighting from the front - Miranda

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The Inter man praised the mentality and work-rate of his team while Paulinho says the Selecao are going to Uruguay to win... but would take a draw

Paulinho says Brazil are going to Montevideo looking for the three points that could seal their qualification for World Cup 2018… but admits a draw would be satisfactory.

Brazil sit top of Conmebol’s 10-team qualifying group with six games remaining, with an 8-point cushion between themselves and the final qualification slot. 


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With 27 points, the Selecao are just a draw away from a total that has been enough to secure a place at the World Cup in every previous Conmebol qualifying campaign under the current format.

"We are in form and high on confidence,” said Paulinho.

“We hope to get there, to put in a good performance and go in search of victory. We know the quality of the opponent, but if we impose our style on the game we have everything to achieve the win. 

"It's going to be difficult, and for that reason a draw won't be a bad result, but we are focused on winning.”

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With Luis Suarez suspended, Uruguay will be without their all-time top-scorer, but defender Miranda says the absence of the Barcelona attacker will not change the approach either side takes to the game.

“It’s a big loss for Uruguay to be without Suarez, but their style of play does not change. They fight for every ball when they don’t have it. It's a tough style and we are prepared to face it.”

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“Our forwards are the first line of defence,” he added. 

“If they lose the ball they try to press and win it back quickly. We are well organised and do not stop playing just because we don’t have the ball. We are mentally very strong and this really helps to organise ourselves defensively.

“Our job is not to make sure that every player reaches his top level, that Brazil play at their best. We respect Uruguay, but we will go there to win.”

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