Inter Milan defender Lucio has defended his fellow Brazilians at rival Serie A clubs.

Lucio knows some of his countrymen are not flavour of the month at their clubs.

But he said: "If Diego did not play well at Juventus, it's certainly not because of a lack of potential. He will inevitably do better in his second season. Nobody can doubt Felipe Melo's value, either.

"At Milan, Ronaldinho is a phenomenon and the time has finally come for Alexandre Pato to shine."

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