The Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, the country's most important sports diary, was very critical with midfielder Lucas Paquetá.
In an article published on Monday, daily the former flamenco player was one flop (a term commonly used in the European press to refer to failures) i 1-0 loss from Brazil to Argentina, in a friendship last week, and decided he is not an "outstanding athlete".
But Gazzetta says Paqueta has the potential to be a "big player". However, to reach this point, you have to "grow up".
"The things Paqueta is bound to prove by his pedigree. He is a Brazilian who came from Flamengo for € 38 million and has an offensive role. Therefore, it is understood: & # 39; football poetry & # 39; in the feet and firmness in goal income, a guy who plays fun and gives 10 assists per match. But right now there is a risk that he will just come across as ordinary. Mainly because Paqueta is not an "outstanding" player, but a good player. It can somehow be a good player. But it still has to grow, he said.
The magazine also highlighted the criticism of former player Rivaldo, who said "very sorry" to see the shirt 10 with Paquetá in Brazil's game, since he started in the reserve bank.
"It can be said that Paqueta's chances of being burned were extremely high the moment Tite decided to give him the jersey number 10. This is not the first time this has happened, but it took place last Friday's friendly against Argentina in Riyadh. In short: the half-world eyes were on the back, where you saw the two figures that made the story of green and yellow football. And how did things end? Very bad, "he wrote.
"Coach Tite put him on the bench after a first half where he made a poor start, missing several moves in a 4-2-3-1 schedule, where Paqueta was the centerfielder centered on line three. He was replaced by showing an inappropriate performance, who drew critical comments from Rivaldo on their social networks, ”he added.
Finally, the vehicle says that despite the poor performance against the Argentines, the former Flamenco player is still at high pace with Tite.
"In his interview, Tite came out to defend his players: & # 39; We have to rest easily with Paqueta. It was a very close match. He missed his first moves, so he lost some confidence. With Paquetá, because he is a big player and will show that this is growing more and more in Milan, "he concluded.