Home from home as Lucas relishes Brazil recall
Wed 10 October 2018, 13:03|Tottenham Hotspur
Lucas Moura says he feels ‘gifted’ to have his chance again with the Brazilian national side.
After over two years away, the lightning quick forward has returned to the international arena following his superb start to the season.
Last appearing for Brazil in a Copa America stalemate against Ecuador in 2016, Lucas’ bright form this season, which has already seen him named EA SPORTS Player of the Month for August, has prompted Brazil boss Tite to give him the opportunity to impress.
The 26-year-old has not had to go far to link up with his national team either - Brazil have been training at Hotspur Way this week ahead of friendlies against Saudi Arabia and Argentina.
“I’m so happy to be back with the national team and, of course, to train here, at my home!” Lucas smiled.
“It’s a big gift because it’s so difficult (to get into the squad). Brazil have a lot of players, a lot of good players and for me, to be in the national team, is a pleasure.
“I try my best every day, I work very hard and so to have this opportunity from the coach, it is amazing. I've had a lot of difficult moments in the last year because I didn’t play (in his final season at PSG) but now to be back in the national team...it is amazing and a special moment.
“I’m so happy because the last time I was with the national team was in 2016. I am so happy for this moment with Spurs. I need to of course say thanks to my team-mates, the staff and to the Club because they gave me the opportunity to get back into the national team and I now need to enjoy this opportunity.”
Brazil will head from Hotspur Way to the Middle East to face Saudi Arabia in a friendly on Friday before facing Argentina four days later, on Tuesday.
In facing Argentina, Lucas could be set to line up against fellow Spur Juan Foyth after the defender was called up by Argentina for the first time last week; a challenge that the forward is relishing.
“It is always a big game, to play against Argentina. It is always so difficult,” the Brazilian added.
“I’m very happy for Juan. I hope we play well and get the win. I’m going to enjoy these games as to be with my country, to wear the shirt, for me, the feeling is difficult to explain.”