- Renan Lodi discusses Brazil’s Qatar 2022 qualifying showdown with Uruguay
- He remembers seeing his dad cry after the Seleção’s South Africa 2010 exit
- The 22-12 months-previous hails Atletico Madrid workforce-mates Luis Suarez & Joao Felix
“He was Brazil’s biggest danger,” wrote Marca after the 1-0 victory over Venezuela on Friday. “The three chances the Seleção created in the first half all came from his feet.”
Yet this wasn’t, regardless of the Spanish sportspaper jestingly referring to him as a “striker”, an attacker they had been raving about however a left-again. Renan Lodi was, certainly, the principal invention infuser within the vacuum created by Neymar’s absence and was named man of the match by a number of publications – one thing which might have sounded preposterous 18 months in the past.
The Serrana native had by no means been capped by his nation at any degree and was at Atletico Paranaense. He’s since moved to Atletico Madrid, established himself as Brazil’s first-selection left-again, been known as “a phenomenon” by Filipe Luis, “a wonderful talent” by the legendary Junior and “a player who has it all” by Diego Simeone.
FIFA.com caught up with Renan Lodi, 22, to debate the skyrocketing of his profession, Brazil’s showdown with Uruguay in FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifying, Luis Saurez, Joao Felix and whether or not Atletico Madrid can win La Liga this season, and the world’s greatest left-backs.
FIFA.com: Most of the Brazil gamers represented the nation at youth degree, however you didn’t. How did it really feel to abruptly be within the senior squad as a 21-12 months-previous 12 months final 12 months?
Renan Lodi: I performed for Atletico Paranaense at each youth degree. I used to be at all times dreaming of being known as up by the Seleção – at U-15, U-17, U-20 and senior degree. Every time there have been Seleção name-ups at youth degree, I’d get my hopes up and be actually unhappy after I wasn’t known as up. But I at all times maintained my concentrate on turning skilled with Atletico Paranaense and, if God needed, reaching the senior Seleção. I’m having fun with it as a lot as potential, and I wish to play in addition to potential for my membership to maintain getting known as right here.
Thirteen months in the past you’d by no means even been in a Brazil squad. Now you’re the primary-selection left-again. How does that really feel?
It’s a sense of immense satisfaction. You take into consideration what number of gamers who’ve dreamed of this – footballers and individuals who do different issues. I like carrying the Brazil shirt. I’m studying as a lot as I can from each participant, from each coach. I’m very proud to be right here and I’m loving each second of it.
You have supplied three assists in six Brazil appearances. Does Tite encourage you to get ahead?
I’m almost another striker! (laughs) I’ve extra freedom to assault with the Seleção. It’s not like this at my membership. I actually take pleasure in it. But with Tite, he asks me to get ahead, sure, however to additionally at all times preserve my defensive tasks.
How happy are you with Brazil’s begin to Qatar 2022 qualifying?
We’re actually completely satisfied. The ambiance within the squad is superb. You couldn’t say one little factor destructive about it – all of the gamers wish to assist one another. We’re very happy with the primary three outcomes. Nine factors, the utmost. But we have now an enormous sport towards Uruguay and we wish to get extra. We wish to put in good performances and maintain choosing up factors.
What do you consider this Uruguay workforce?
They’re very well organised. They’re very powerful to interrupt down. They give their the whole lot from the primary minute to the final, which at all times makes it very intense and quick-paced. They have magnificent gamers. Suarez is out with COVID and that’s an enormous blow to them, however they produce other nice attacking gamers. It might be a really powerful take a look at for us, however we’re assured, effectively ready, and we’ll give our all to try to get the factors.
Had you mentioned the sport with Suarez?
We joked about it at Atletico. He wound me up, I wound him up. He stated he going to mark me, cease me, that they’d win. I stated issues again to him. All good enjoyable.
What’s the World Cup reminiscence that almost all sticks in your head from rising up?
2010. I’ll always remember that. We had been watching it at residence. We had been beating Holland however we ended up getting eradicated. My dad began crying. It was actually tough for me to see that. I bear in mind it as if it was yesterday.
Which left-backs have you ever most loved watching?
Roberto Carlos was a terrific participant, however I didn’t see an excessive amount of of him as a result of I’m younger. I actually like Filipe Luis, Alex Sandro, who I watch rather a lot – the way in which he defends, the way in which he reads the sport. Marcelo too.
Who do you charge because the world’s greatest left-again now?
[Andy] Robertson of Liverpool and Alphonso Davies of Bayern Munich are excellent gamers. Davies is even youthful than me, and Robertson continues to be younger. They’re nice gamers and have a lot potential.
Can Atletico Madrid win La Liga this season?
Yes. Things are going very well, we’ve received a really sturdy squad. La Liga’s a extremely tough league to win. The desk is de facto messy, the favourites have dropped factors. We’re third, we’ve received two video games in hand on the groups above us, and we’re working very arduous to have a terrific marketing campaign.
What do you consider Suarez?
He’s an actual joker, quite a lot of enjoyable. He additionally does his utmost to assist all people day-by-day. I attempt to study the utmost potential from the time I spend with him, as a result of there aren’t any phrases to explain him. He’s sturdy, very proficient, finishes with each toes. He’s a powerful participant and an enormous asset for our membership.
And what about Joao Felix?
He’s my brother on the membership. We’re almost the identical age. We get alongside very well. He’s an extremely proficient participant, however he’s at all times making an attempt to study and enhance additionally. I’ve little doubt that he’ll turn into probably the greatest gamers on the planet.