Willian Embracing Coutinho Battle
Brazil winger Willian says he is relishing the competition for a starting spot with Liverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho. Both players are tussling for a starting berth on the right hand side of the Seleção attack.
Willian captained Brazil during their 3-1 victory over Japan on Friday, with Coutinho injured. But the Liverpool man is fit for tonight’s friendly against England at Wembley, but Chelsea winger Willian says he is enjoying the competition.
Speaking to Goal.com, he said, “I'm happy with the confidence that Tite has shown me. He and his coaching staff have been doing a great job. My relationship with him is the best I can hope for and I always say that he cares about all the players equally, giving the same level of attention to first-team players and reserves.
"Throughout my competition for a place with Coutinho, he was always very honest, insisting that we are two great players and he will play whoever is in the best form.”
England will be the first European opponents Brazil have faced since Tite took charge in September 2016, “It’s an important test for us, against a different school of thought, a style which we are not used to facing,” Willian pondered.
“England are always a strong team, they have great players and they are in good form after a great qualifying campaign. They have a lot of technical quality, too. We will have to be very focused.”