Already qualified for the 2022 World Cup, Brazil made short work of Bolivia (4-0). As a new starter, Lucas Paquetá made a XXL services.
Brazil may have qualified for the 2022 World Cup for a few games, but Tite does not seem to want to release the pressure. One player particularly stands out in his World Cup qualifiers, it’s Lucas Paqueta.
Paquetá took advantage of the suspension of Neymar, who had already left for Paris, to shine against Bolivia (0-4). Author of an XXL match last night against Bolivia, the latter displays monstrous statistics ! Last night in 77 minutes played, the midfielder managed 78% of his passes, including 2 key passes, 1 decisive pass and was threatening with 3 shots so 1 goal! The Brazilian midfielder is a real metronome, constantly improving.
Still in this role of number 10, the OL player opened the scoring after 20 minutes of play. Perfectly served by his former Lyon teammate, Bruno Guimarães, Lucas Paquetá only had to open his left foot to adjust the opposing goalkeeper. Replaced in the 77th minute by Arthur, the former Milanese had nevertheless had time to celebrate the first goal in 6 selections from Guimarães (66th), after having subtly found it with a stung ball.
On the side of Lyon, not sure that this desire to go and grab first place in the South American qualifiers will be greeted with a smile. Already involved in all OL matches for almost 90 minutes, Lucas Paquetá cannot even breathe with the Seleçao. In addition to the trip to reach the South American continent, the Lyon playmaker was still a starter in the two games of this March rally.
The Brazilian metronome
Paqueta is asserting himself more and more in the midfield of Brazil. The latter has made very good qualifying matches and his statistics prove it. In all World Cup qualifying matches, the Lyonnais midfielder is 2nd decisive passer after recovery, 3rd scorer, 2nd in duels won, 3rd in direct participation in goals (4), 3rd in dribbling (12).
Among all the qualifiers, he is second in tackles and first in attacking tackles. A performance that does not leave indifferent his coach who does not intend to leave him on the bench. The latter spoke about him at the end of the year during the 1-0 victory against Colombia: “ When I gave him a hug, I said to him: ‘you are able to play on the left, in midfield’. And I joked, because sometimes he also plays as a number 9 in his club, right? He told me that wherever I needed him he would play. But we needed to have him in his position, even if he is versatile yes, and above all decisive of course.
Head to the World Cup for Brazil with a Paqueta on fire!