Douglas Luiz was the main novelty that he presented Brazil at the start of the South American Qualifiers Qatar 2022. Before the game against Bolivia, the Aston Villa footballer had only added ten minutes with the ‘verdeamarela’. However, Tite gave him confidence and he responded in a great way.
In the absence of Arthur and Allan, the left sector of the midfield had a vacancy, which it seemed that Bruno Guimaraes would fill, with a great moment with Olympique de Lyon. Although it was finally Douglas Luiz who ended up winning the arm wrestling.
“He is a soccer player with technical ability, long distance shooting and is very competitive, with us, we want him to have a lot of freedom on the left side, to go from the side to the attack, articulating and supplying balls up, as he did against Bolivia”, were the words of the Brazilian DT about the development of former Vasco da Gama in the victory against ‘Verde’.
This opportunity came when he is going through his best moment since he arrived in European football in 2017, bought by Manchester City for 13 million euros. Due to a work permit issue, he could not debut with the ‘Citizens’ and had to be loaned to one of the City Football Group clubs, Girona.
He played two seasons with the Spanish team in LaLiga, but was never able to establish himself as the undisputed starter. The adaptation of the Iberian football cost him and he even ended up losing the category in the 2018-2019 season.
For the following season, Aston Villa decided to pay 16.8 million euros to Manchester City for his services, and it was at that club that he managed to show all his worth. Today it is a key part of Dean Smith’s scheme. Before traveling to join his team, he was present on the field during the ‘Villains’ 7-2 win against Klopp’s Liverpool.
Everything indicates that Douglas Luiz will be part of the eleven of Brazil to face Peru on date 2 of the Qualifying Qatar 2022. In case this happens, the match at the National Stadium will be his litmus test to see if he is ready to fight for a place against more experienced players.
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