Brazil national team coach Tite is weary of Willian’s performance in international games, hence he is reportedly willing to axe the Chelsea play maker for Reds star Philippe Coutinho.
The Sun report that Tite would drop the Chelsea player for Liverpool’s Coutinho when Brazil play in the World Cup qualifiers this week.
Willian scored a goal as Chelsea thrashed Hull 2-0 but his international performances leave much to be desired. In the games against Ecuador and Columbia, Coutinho was the play maker ahead of Willian. With the immediate impact the Reds player made in the games, he is set to get a more permanent role in the squad, Globo Esporte reports. So Coutinho would be the play maker when Brazil play Bolivia on Friday. Tite had to make the decision as both stars have been in competition for space in the starting XI. Coutinho’s current form at Liverpool – scoring four goals in eight games in all competitions this term – gave him the edge over Willian.
“Why Coutinho instead of Willian? There’s a reason he is called the Magician [by Liverpool fans]. With his passes, Coutinho opens the lines, creates space. I like his mobility; he was influential in both games when he came on [speaking of the last international break],” Tite said at a press conference.
Manchester City player Fernandinho will start behind the midfield trio, and Gabriel Jesus – incoming City addition – will lead the attack line. Thiago Silva, who is poised to make his return to the national team in over one year, will likely be absent.
Unlike Willian, Oscar will star for Brazil in the forthcoming games. Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino would start from the bench as with Oscar as the South American side hope to close up the gap with Argentina and Uruguay.