Announced holder for the first time in his international career, Raphinha began to score serious points in Brazil.
Incumbent. This Thursday evening, Raphinha (24) will start, except bad surprises, for the first time in his career a match with Brazil, according to O Globoesporte. It will even be his first professional match played on Brazilian soil. Substitute in his first two selections, against Venezuela (1-3) and Colombia (0-0), the former Rennais had shown good things, notably delivering two assists and gleaning good marks and appreciations in the dailies local sportsmen.
The left-hander, who in a few months has become a sure bet in the Premier League for Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds side (9 goals and 9 assists in 36 appearances since his arrival at the end of the 2020 summer transfer window), will have the opportunity to confirm his progress and his current form from the start of the match against Uruguay. Impressed by his rapid adaptation to the group and his understanding of the technical and tactical instructions, Tite, his coach, is clearly under the spell.
Tite and his staff unanimous
“Raphinha is a winger who gives breadth, speed, depth. It can overflow to center, center without overflowing. He also has a good strike at mid-distance ”, he launched on Wednesday at a press conference, still wishing to temper the media enthusiasm about the left-hander revealed at Vitoria Guimarães and Sporting CP in Portugal. “But you have to go calmly, otherwise, you create too much expectation around the player. We are in the construction phase and offer opportunities ”.
One thing is certain, his profile and his character conquered the technician and his staff. “They’re the kind of players who don’t spare their efforts, who don’t calculate, who are never tired”, have we slipped to UOL Esporte in the framework of the Seleção. By passing this new life-size test in Manaus, Raphinha would undoubtedly score valuable points for the list for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Enough to give some additional regrets to the supporters of Roazhon Park for not having been able to benefit from his talents for longer …