Tite will go to Europe to see David Luiz, Lucas Moura and four more names for the Seleção
With an eye on the future of the Brazilian national team, coach Tite will travel to Europe this week to watch games and talk to coaches and players to follow up on his work in the 2017 season.
One of the priorities is to seek out more information and watch some players on the spot, which he believes could be part of the group, as he said in talks in recent days. Tite's schedule is not yet complete, but according to UOL Esporte, he is sure to be at the Camp Nou on Saturday for Barcelona against Real Madrid. The Brazilian coach also wants to watch a fixture of French champions Paris Saint-Germain and would like to follow defender David Luiz more closely at Chelsea. A trip to Portugal is also in the plans, according to the report. David Luiz has been one of the highlights of the season in England, after arriving from Paris Saint-Germain. David Luiz is part of the strongest defence in the league and shows signs of maturity under Italian coach Antonio Conte. He was one of the most criticized players after Brazil's 7-1 loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup.
In France, Tite has already revealed that he intends to watch a match of Lucas Moura. The technical committee of the Seleção have already accompanied some games of PSG and gave endorsement for the selection of Marquinhos and Thiago Silva. Under coach Unai Emery, the former São Paulo winger has seven goals and three assists this season. However, the competition for him in the Seleção is hard: Neymar, Douglas Costa, Philippe Coutinho, Willian and even Taison. At least two players from Portuguese football are also in Tite's plans. Benfica goalkeeper Éderson is seen as a potential name for the Brazilian national team and Tite intends to closely monitor the youngster. The Brazilian football federation wanted Éderson to start in the Olympic Games, but Benfica did not release him. After starting the season on the bench, under more experienced Júlio César, Éderson has regained his starting spot in the last days.
Former Corinthians midfielder Elias is another player that would be observed by Tite in the Portuguese capital. One of the coach's trusted men, Elias is currently at Sporting, but has not yet been called up to the squad after Dunga's departure. The midfielder, however, has not adapted to the Portuguese team and may leave the club soon. Another goalkeeper on the list of Tite for a closer observation is Diego Alves, from Valencia. The coaching committee's evaluation is that the technical level of the current squad is higher than that of Diego, but the coach has expressed in recent days that he would like to observe him more closely. Although he is quite satisfied with the performances of Casemiro and Fernandinho, the coach saw Rafael Carioca lose space at Atlético Mineiro this season and has been evaluating alternatives. Tite also plans to watch Wolfsburg defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo, who was a regular starter under Luiz Felipe Scolari and Dunga.