With just under three months to go before the World Cup debut, Tite and his coaching staff are 100% focused on the Brazilian national team’s preparations for the competition in Qatar. Next week, the coach will make the call-up for the last two friendlies against Ghana and Tunisia, in Europe – probably in Paris and London – at the end of September. It will be the last chance to observe players to define the pre-list of 55 names, to be sent to FIFA until October 20, which then, until November 10, will become the final list with 26 athletes.
Tite wants to make the most of the games against the African teams, as Brazil will face Cameroon in the group stage of the Cup. But his idea to close the preparation for the World Cup was to face an old rival: Argentina. “It wasn’t initially planned (to face Ghana and Tunisia). I particularly wanted to face Argentina. But there were political components, from FIFA, from nationalities, which made the game not happen. We tried England, but it wasn’t possible either”, revealed the coach about the possibilities tried.
About the team, more specifically the offensive sector, Tite talked about Neymar, in good form at Paris Saint-Germain, and Gabriel Jesus, in a crescent after leaving Manchester City for Arsenal. The two were with the coach at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and now, four years later, they are better in his opinion.
“Talking about a past situation, it is unfair now. I didn’t answer about past situations because they are from the past. What we want to do now is establish the real. His (Gabriel Jesus) exchange was beneficial. He had been playing ( at City) not so much 9, often coming in from the sides and not so much from the front (towards the goal). his best performance. This situation was beneficial for him”, explained Tite, who then spoke about the Paris Saint-Germain star.
“In relation to Neymar, what I can tell you is, let you know. Ricardo Rosa, his personal physical trainer, who worked with me at Corinthians and in the Arab world. (Neymar) He already worked during the vacation period. He came back playing in high performance as everyone is watching. What we are doing is encouraging all players to maintain this high level both physically and technically”, continued the coach.
“Neymar is 10, he has creative freedom, yes. He will no longer play at the top, this is a past situation for Barcelona and also for the national team. When he goes to PSG, he goes to a more central position. player who creates, who gets ahead. A player who has expanded the tools. It is possible to make an analogy. It is the same thing as a car with accessories. Neymar has many accessories in the car to be left only on the sides. He has a creative ability , has a preview of the move, good finishing”, he added.
Tite also commented on his future after the World Cup. After six and a half years at the head of the Brazilian national team, he will rest and give a new coach a chance.
“Sabbatical year is a nice term, isn’t it? But I’m going to rest a little. I’m going to stay with the family for a while. I’m going to stay with Rose (wife). But according to my son (Matheus Bacchi, assistant in the Selection), she will stay with me for a couple of months and then he’ll kick me out of the apartment (laughs). But I’ll give it some time. In Brazil, you have to be careful to have a project. Today, there is a great contribution with foreign technicians in Brazil. message: give professionals time to work, regardless of nationality”, he said.
“I would like it to be a Brazilian (next coach of the national team). This is just a taste. There are great professionals from abroad and here in Brazil and I don’t allow myself to make any statement. at Internacional. I want to feel good about myself”, he concluded.