Philippe Coutinho was a surprise inclusion in Tite’s Brazil squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Colombia and Argentina, but the Selecao boss is determined to get the Barcelona midfielder to show his form from a few years ago.
The 29-year-old became one of the best players in the world whilst at Liverpool but has failed to live up to expectations since his 160 million euro move to Barcelona in 2018.
“Coutinho today is not the best Coutinho, but Coutinho is a great player. He has a great future, we are going to get him back to what he was at Liverpool. We need to resume the process of seeing what a great player he is,” Tite said ahead of Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Colombia.
“Talent is not up for discussion and no one can say that Coutinho doesn’t have it.”
“For me, Couto can play on either side, he can play inside or outside, but he’s an integral player who has to make the final pass.”
Tite also discussed Real Madrid youngster Vinicius Junior, who was initially left out of this squad list before being called up as an injury replacement for Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino.
“We have to have patience and understanding with him,” Tite said.
“He went through quite a long period of adaptation at Real Madrid. We have to have that awareness in the national team about the preparation of the players.”
“I have to create a welcoming environment in which he can have that development.”