Paulinho: I feel important to Brazil

The Tottenham midfielder has been key during an impressive run of results for the Selecao and is hoping to finish the year with a big victory over Chile in Toronto
Tottenham midfielder Paulinho believes that he has become an important part of the Brazil team.

The ex-Corinthians star has started the Selecao's previous eight matches, with only injury keeping him out of the team that defeated Italy in the Confederations Cup prior to that run of games.

Brazil face Chile at Toronto's Rogers Centre on Tuesday evening, where Paulinho is once again set to play a vital role in central midfield.

"It's a difficult question," replied the Spurs midfielder when asked by the press if he has become as important as Neymar for coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, "but I feel important.

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"I have to use these opportunities to show Scolari what I can do. I know the responsibility that's on me. I am ready and prepared to take it."

Brazil have lost just one of their previous 17 games and the 25-year-old went on to praise the World Cup 2002-winning coach's approach since taking over from Mano Menezes in November 2012.

"Right from the beginning, we have understood the way the coach wants us to behave and what he wants from the group on the field," Paulinho enthused. "We had time to work at it before the Confederations Cup. Football has no magic formula. It's a simple game and we kept it that way.”

The midfielder was one of those who featured for Brazil the last time that they met Chile in April, when a team of domestic-based players were held to a disappointing 2-2 draw in Belo Horizonte, and he is desperate for a better outcome this time.

"I see it as another opportunity for us to show our football," he remarked. "This is the last game for the national team this year and it is important to finish the year with a big win."