Brazil Boss Tite Calls For Calm Amid Raphinha Hype

Brazil Boss Tite Calls For Calm Amid Raphinha Hype Photo: TT
Brazil's Raphinha, right, celebrates with Brazil's Neymar after scoring his side's third goal against Uruguay during a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at Arena da Amazonia

Brazil manager Tite has called for calm after Raphinha dazzled with a two-goal display in his first start in Thursday’s 4-1 win over Uruguay in 2022 World Cup qualifying.

The Leeds United winger, who has been linked with Liverpool, netted Brazil’s second and third goals after Neymar opened the scoring.

Luis Suarez rifled in a free-kick in the 77th minute to make it 3-1, before Brazil substitute Gabriel Barbosa rounded out the scoring.

But Raphinha’s performance, having debuted for Brazil as a substitute last week before getting his maiden start on Thursday, generated plenty of hype.

We continue calmly. It’s a process,” Tite told reporters. “We have the observation of great performance. But in a little while, we’re left thinking it’s the peak of the mountain.

“It’s going to fluctuate, because it’s normal, because he’s a boy, because a whole atmosphere was generated.

“He played a great game, but we have to be sensible and calm when evaluating.”

Tite wouldnt be drawn on Raphinha’s prospects of playing a more influential role moving forward, instead joking about talking to his wife and daughter and calling Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa to say “thanks”.

You have to play a lot at your club,” Tite said. “Competition increases, the level increases and the athlete competes to be in the national team.”

Elsewhere, Argentina stayed in touch with Brazil in qualifying after a 1-0 home win over Peru with Lautaro Martinez netting shortly prior to half-time.

Lionel Messi was relatively subdued in the win, with second-placed Argentina staying six points behind Brazil on the road to Qatar.

The top two appear destined to confirm their ticket for Qatar soon, while there’s a logjam behind them with Ecuador (17), Colombia (16), Uruguay (16) and Chile (13) all contending for two automatic spots with six games to play.

Ben somerford
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