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Graffiti was Robinho's work

Brazil forward Robinho has owned up to daubing graffiti on the wall of the team's dressing room after Sunday's 3-0 win away to Chile in a World Cup qualifier.

Newspaper pictures showed the words, “There must be respect for the best team in the world,” written in Spanish on the walls of the National Stadium.

Robinho told reporters it was a response to the Chilean players, who he said underestimated Brazil before the game.

“I was the one who wrote it,” he said. “Chile should have respected Brazil for our tradition, which I don't need to talk about. They thought it would be easy.”

“We didn't ask for anything more than respect.”

“Maybe if they had played more defensively, they would have made it more difficult for us. But they tried to play us on equal terms and you saw the result.”

Brazil had failed to score in their previous three matches before the Chile game and lost to Venezuela in a friendly and Paraguay in a World Cup qualifier in the process.

The forward, who this month joined Premier League club Manchester City for a British record 32.5 million pounds ($57.21 million), said he hoped beleaguered Brazil coach Dunga would keep the job he was in danger of losing before Sunday's win.

“He's our coach, our commander and we hope he stays until the World Cupm” said Robinho. “The pressure here is great and the only way to relieve it is with victories.”

Brazil, who jumped to second in the 10-team South American qualifying group, host bottom team Bolivia on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Mark Hughes is eager to give Robinho his Manchester City debut against Chelsea on Saturday.

The forward is currently on international duty with Brazil and had been facing a race against time to return to his new club ahead of the weekend's Premier League fixture.

However, City have funded a private jet to bring back Robinho, along with compatriots Jo and Elano, and Argentine defender Pablo Zabaleta, to ensure he is available for Chelsea's visit.

"We couldn't have got the lads back in time on scheduled flights, so we have had to make other arrangements," Hughes told the Manchester Evening News.

"I will make a judgement on what I see, but it is fair to say that there will be a reasonable chance that Robinho will be involved.

"I think it is always important to get a player assimilated as quickly as possible.

"I did it with Vincent Kompany and he excelled and I have done it in the past. Some players can instantly cope with the different demands placed on them by the Premier League and some players cannot, so I think it is important for me to know that situation straight away.

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