Arthur explains the differences between Barcelona & Brazil

Arthur Melo opened up on the differences between his roles at Barcelona and the Brazilian national team.

Since arriving from Brazilian side Gremio in an initial €31m deal last summer, Arthur had a promising debut campaign at Camp Nou.

The 22-year-old featured regularly in the Barcelona midfield last season and even earn regular comparisons to Blaugrana legend Xavi Hernandez. 

Therefore, Brazil coach Tite handed Arthur his international debut in September 2018 in a 2-0 friendly win over the United States. He’s since made a further eight appearances, with the Selecao picking him for the 23-man Copa America squad.

But now the young midfielder has revealed he enjoys more much freedom to create play at Brazil to what he has at Barcelona.

“The main thing is that I take part in the creation of the play further forward at Barcelona, [whereas] in the national team I have more freedom to go back and build the play,” said Arthur, according to Marca.

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“I think that’s the biggest difference, as Tite gave me more freedom to look for the ball further back.

“[At Barcelona] I get more between the lines and I have to move towards the attack.”

Arthur made 44 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona last season and helped them win La Liga.

Now, the 22-year-old is aiming to cap off a splendid season by winning the Copa America with Brazil on home soil this summer.

The Selecao will then begin things by hosting Bolivia for their Group A opener in Sao Paulo on June 15.

The eight-time champions hope to make amends for their group stage exit in 2016. It’s also been 12 years since they last tasted Copa America glory.

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL – JUNE 05: Players of Brazil pose for the team photo prior to the friendly match against Qatar at Mane Garrincha Stadium on June 05, 2019 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

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