Brazil CT Tite has defended his decision to give Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta the No 10 shirt after criticism from Rivaldo.
Paqueta was Brazil’s No 10 during their 1-0 defeat to Argentina on Friday night, prompting his club-and-country predecessor to hit out at Tite for “disrespecting” the jersey.
However, the coach has now put his faith in the 22-year-old, backing him to eventually shine for Milan.
“We need to be patient with Paqueta,” he was quoted as saying by Corriere della Sera.
“He lost a bit of confidence after giving away the ball with his two first touches.
“He has talent, so we need to keep calm. Lucas is a great player and he’ll show it on the pitch, increasing his performance levels at Milan.”
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