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Tite praises Arthur Melo

KAZAN, RUSSIA - JULY 06: Tite, Head coach of Brazil looks on during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Brazil and Belgium at Kazan Arena on July 6, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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The Barcelona midfielder had his official debut with the Brazil national team against the United States, playing 30 minutes on the field

After representing Brazil in the U17 and U20 levels, midfielder Arthur Melo was able to debut on the senior team this Saturday.

The 22-year-old Barcelona footballer was called up by Tite for the friendly against the United States and El Salvador.

And after starting on the bench, he was called by coach Tite to play the last 30 minutes of the 2-0 win against the American team.

And he managed to impress his manager.

“Arthur articulates the game and is positional, re-programming passes,” Tite told Sport 360 after the match.

“He encourages the opponent to mark somebody, but then he tricks them by changing his side and redirecting the pass.”

“He has the ability to make a pass for the passer,” he added.

“He can collect the ball close to the defenders and give it to Philippe Coutinho or Neymar.”

“He makes this transition happen, taking part in the first or second movement, and he does it with impressive ability,” he explained.

“He always finds the best escape, the best pass out. Even if he doesn’t provide the assist, he comes up with the pass that will help a player in attack to be found in space.”

This is the first time he got to play for the national senior team since he was called on 2017 for two World Cup qualification matches, but he sat on the bench against Bolivia and Chile on those two occasions.