How Will Philippe Coutinho Better Brazil in the World Cup 2018?
Brazilian football players haven’t had a taste of lifting the FIFA World Cup since 2002 – which is quite a long time for the most successful team in international football, having won it on 5 occasions (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002). Things look good for the Brazil side this year though, as they not only have a handful of players with World Cup experience, but they also have several youth prospects that have the ability to take the national side forward in this year’s competition. One of those players is Philippe Coutinho, who recently secured his dream move to Barcelona, making him the second most expensive signing in world football (a reported £142 million if certain clauses are met). Coutinho wasn’t able to compete with some of the Brazilian players in 2014, which is why he was overlooked for the world cup squad by Scolari. However, he’s dug deep in recent years and he’s now one of the most respected players around. How will Coutinho use his chance to better the Brazil side this year?
Excellent Vision & Passing Ability
A player of Coutinho’s quality is a player who will make the difference in this year’s tournament. He’s no Neymar in front of the sticks, now is he another Ronaldo. However, what Coutinho is is a creative player with excellent vision and passing ability. It could be the ingredient that Brazil has been missing for years now. We could end up seeing a Brazil side that wipes the floor with their opposition, thanks to Coutinho and his ability to open up defences.
Brazil have always been frightening going forward, especially when the likes of Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, and Roberto Carlos formed part of the roster. The system which Tite has in place suits the style and play that Coutinho has been known to offer Liverpool for the last 5 years. He’s always been attack minded and, with his passing and creativity, he could be one of the stand out players of the tournament when it hits the big screens in June 2018. Brazil certainly won’t be short of attacking quality with Coutinho and Neymar at the top end of the pitch. One thing that benefits Brazil further is that Coutinho now plays alongside another very attack minded player in Lionel Messi, and that sort of quality could easily rub off on the attacking midfielder to help take Brazil further this year.
Although Coutinho flourishes as a number 10 playmaker, the managers he’s played under have realised he can offer more. He’s played on both flanks where he’s been crucial to Liverpool’s successes in recent years, but he can also play as a second striker. The Brazil international scored 41 goals in 152 appearances for Liverpool – which isn’t at all bad for a player that’s been played in various positions over the years. Brazil will certainly benefit from someone who’s so versatile, especially if one of their other world class players like Neymar doesn’t fire on all cylinders.
Excellent Team Player
Coutinho has also proved over the years that he’s not just there to score goals, he’s there to create them to ensure the teams he’s played for have won games. Will Philippe be the player that takes Brazil that one step further this tournament? Check out www.toals.com to see the odds on him walking away with the golden boot. If Coutinho doesn’t manage to scribe his name in the golden boot trophy this year, he’ll certainly have a good chance of winning awards among his team mates thanks to his team playing attributes that will improve his number of assists, and get the likes of Neymar on the scoresheet.
Could Coutinho now prove to be the difference to Brazil’s world cup adventures thanks to his move to Barcelona? He’s now surrounded by some of the best players in the world which could benefit him physically and mentally. Brazil fans will already be excited by the line-up Tite can now offer, but they might be more excited by the fact that Coutinho is going to come into this World Cup side as one of the most influential players in world football.