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Brazil Coach Tite calls up Vinicius Jr in light of Firmino's injury
Brazil Coach Tite calls up Vinicius Jr in light of Firmino’s injury

 

Tite has recognized Vinicius Jr’s Real Madrid form, but it is clearly better late than never, with the veteran coach recalling the forward to his team due to an injury to Roberto Firmino.

Firmino came in as a substitute in the week’s 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid, but the Brazilian appeared to suffer a hamstring injury and was taken off again before the conclusion. Firmino’s injury confirmed by Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp.

Tite opted to go with Firmino, Coutinho, Antony, and Raphinha instead of Vinicius, which was a controversial decision given that the former Flamengo prodigy has just achieved his greatest form in a Real Madrid shirt.

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He is the most in-form of all the Brazilians who play in the Champions League this season, with nine goals and seven assists, finally providing Karim Benzema with a striker partner capable of sharing the load in the same way Benzema did for Cristiano Ronaldo years ago.