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Tite Confirms Willian to Start Ahead of Coutinho

Brazil boss Tite has confirmed that Chelsea winger Willian will start ahead of Liverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho in tonight’s World Cup qualifier against Ecuador in Porto Alegre.

Coutinho has yet to play for Liverpool this season due to a back injury, whilst Willian has started the season very well for Chelsea. Willian will start on the right of the attack this evening.

“We confirm the squad 15 days in advance, we know that is a big window and that changes at clubs can happen,” Tite explained, “I have to be aware of this. At the same time, the Brazilian team is the most important thing.

“A player of Coutinho’s level is always going to be called. I had contact with Klopp and Liverpool and asked about the possibility of calling him. Willian has played well this season, so as a matter of fairness, he starts and Coutinho is an option.”


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