Real Madrid’s Vinicius Júnior to be watched by Brazil in Copa tie

Real Madrid’s Vinicius will have a twin source of pressure on him in tonight’s Copa del Rey clash against Barcelona: not exclusively does the Brazilian face the test of playing in his first Clásico, yet he will take to the field in the knowledge that a representative of his national team – reportedly assistant coach Sylvinho – will be watching on from the stands at the Camp Nou.

Vinícius Júnior among stars Brazil staff are in Europe to watch

Sylvinho is part of a four-man team which Brazil boss Tite has sent on a fact-finding mission to Europe to run the rule over several current or potential internationals, including Vinícius Júnior. It will be the first occasion when that an individual from the Seleção’s instructing staff has made a trip to see the 18-year-old in real life for Madrid since his late spring move to the Spanish capital.

In the wake of Vinícius Júnior’ impressive form for Madrid since breaking into the side under Solari, Tite has made no mystery of his enthusiasm for calling up the forward as Brazil get ready to have the Copa América this mid year. « It is a period of change and open door also, » he told columnists two weeks back, including: « Vinicius is among the individuals who may have a chance. »

Friendly in Czech Republic up next for Brazilians

Brazil’s next diversion is an amicable against the Czech Republic in Prague on 26 March,

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