Luiz Gustavo in charge of the hard work for Brazil

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 25, 2014 at 6:18 pm •  Published: June 25, 2014
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TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Luiz Gustavo has the tough job for Brazil at the World Cup.

While Neymar is scoring the goals and grabbing the attention, Gustavo is staying back protecting the defense.

The soft-spoken defensive midfielder knows he gets almost no accolades for his role. Fans are constantly trying to get near the likes of Neymar, Oscar and David Luiz, but Gustavo doesn't get much adulation.

And he is just fine with that.

"It's natural," Gustavo said Wednesday. "I actually think that I need this privacy. I like to live my life this way. I'll leave the rest to the more popular players. I don't see any problem with that."

The Wolfsburg midfielder enters the round of 16 as one of the tournament's leaders in ball recoveries, with 24 after the first three matches. He is also key to the team's offense, being in charge of giving freedom to the talented strikers.

"I'm aware of what I need to do to help my teammates and the team," the 26-year-old Gustavo said. "And that's what I try to do every day. I'll be satisfied after a match if I know that I was able to do my best to help the team."

A former striker, Gustavo said coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has made it clear what he wants from him, so he has no thoughts of venturing much into attack.

"I'm not going to change now, because if I do, I know I'm going to get in trouble," said Gustavo, who noted that he pushed his luck when he briefly left his defensive role in the match against Cameroon on Monday.

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