Kaká: Philippe Coutinho, Not Neymar, Is Brazil’s Most Decisive Player

Kaká: Philippe Coutinho, Not Neymar, Is Brazil’s Most Decisive Player
Jun 27, 2018

Brazil FIFA World Cup News

Former Brazil international Kaká has praised Philippe Coutinho’s performances for Brazil and believes that Coutinho has been the Seleção’s most decisive player at the 2018 World Cup and urged for players to step up while Neymar recovers from injury.

Coutinho has scored in both of Brazil’s opening fixtures in Russia, including the late goal that led to a 2-0 win against Costa Rica on Friday.

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Speaking to ESPN Brasil on Sunday, Kaká acknowledged that the Barcelona man has carried the load for his country while Neymar has been working his way back from injury.

Neymar is our best player and I think Tite is doing a great work on managing him and trying to get him as comfortable as possible and trying to make the group stronger.”

The group is so strong, and we see Coutinho as the protagonist, the most decisive player in Brazil.

Neymar entered the tournament while still recovering from a foot injury suffered while playing for Paris Saint-Germain in February. He picked up a knock on his ankle in Brazil’s 1-1 opening draw against Switzerland but bounced back with a goal against Costa Rica.

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Kaká, whose career was hampered by injuries himself, has urged the fans to be patient with Brazil’s No. 10.

He’s been recovering for about three months. It takes some time. We see him growing every game, and I think we must protect him. Protect him regarding his emotional [state], encourage him. And wait, because he is going to achieve, he is going to reach his maximum on the pitch regarding his physical condition.”

Neymar will never fail to have technique and creativity. Let’s wait for Neymar to be 100 percent regarding his physical condition and help Brazil to get their sixth star.

Brazil are chasing their sixth World Cup and Kaká is confident that Neymar will lead the South American giants to glory. The former Real Madrid star emphasized Neymar’s importance to Brazil’s campaign.

I see him [Neymar] improving every game. The first game was so nervous. Not just about his game, but Brazil as well. It’s understandable.  I’ve been there and I know what the opening game in a World Cup is like. The emotional, anxiety, everything that involves a World Cup game.

The pressure on him is unusual. He needs to understand how to protect himself from criticism. He is so mentally strong.

Brazil take on Serbia tonight at the Spartak Moscow stadium. Both teams seeking qualification to the next round knowing a loss could end their time in Russia.

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