Brazil was humiliated four years in World Cup tournament and Barcelona star José Paulo Bezerra Maciel Júnior known popularly as Paulinho says Brazil have learned lessons from that humiliation and are in better shape for Russia.
The five-time world champions suffered an embarrassing 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany in front of their own fans in Belo Horizonte in 2014 and 29-year-old Paulinho is one of the few survivors from that game to have made the squad for Russia. Memories of the 7-1 defeat to Germany, when they conceded five goals in the opening half an hour, haunt Brazil fans.
Luiz Felipe Scolari, who oversaw that humiliating defeat, has gone – with Tite leading Brazil in Russia.
“What we have done is put the past to one side,” Paulinho said according to BBC.
Brazil will start their tournament against Switzerland on Sunday in Rostov-on-Don before playing their second Group E game five days later in Saint Petersburg against Costa Rica. They round off the group campaign in Moscow against Serbia on 27 June.
“We have greater confidence,” Paulinho continued.
“From the way things are going for the Brazil team at the moment, it is clear that confidence is better.
“Brazil are better prepared in a number of ways. That is just part of football. In four years you learn a lot of things.”