Brazil’s new generation will ease pressure on Neymar, says coach Tite

Soccer Football – World Cup – Final Draw – Doha Convention and Exhibition Center, Doha, Qatar – April 1, 2022 Brazil’s coach Tite before the draw REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jul 24 (Reuters) – Brazil coach Tite is excited by the rise of the young players who rose to European soccer stardom last season and will be available for the national team in November when his team bet to win a record. extending the sixth World Cup final in Qatar.

The new generation of talent includes Real Madrid Champions League standouts Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo, Barcelona star signing Raphinha Richarlison, Tottenham Hotspur’s new striker Bruno Guimaraes, Newcastle United’s versatile midfielder , Antony, the electrifying winger of Ajax Amsterdam, and Matheus Cunha, the relentless striker of Atlético de Madrid, among others. .

All of these players are 25 or younger and already part of the world’s elite, which Tite believes will ease the pressure on Paris St-Germain striker Neymar, 30, who has carried the load as the Brazilian superstar of his generation throughout his career.

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“I have a feeling that the arrival of these young players is going to be good for Neymar on and off the pitch,” Tite told Reuters in an interview, revealing his key player was excited about his new teammates.

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“The other day Neymar looked at me and said: ‘Coach, these kids that are coming, it’s crazy… what a headache to have trying to put them all on the pitch.’ The river.”

When you have other players with great technical potential, you share the load and the attention of our rivals who now have to choose where to focus their defensive tasks.

Tite said he hoped to use Neymar in a more central role that would allow him to unleash Brazil’s young players up front and adopt a “hybrid system”.

With squads of up to 26 players and five substitutes allowed at the World Cup in Qatar working in his favor, Tite wants to ensure his team has fresh legs and is more unpredictable.

“Neymar has become more of a creative role, a point guard, a builder and a finisher, but a bit further back. Bow and arrow, creator and finisher,” Tite explained.

“Football is fast and unforgiving these days and we will be up against a lot of opponents who will close down deep with a five-man defensive front.

“Neymar used to have a double team. Now, if you do that, you will open up space for other players who can be so decisive and important for our team. We are in a good place at the moment.”

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After his team was eliminated from the 2018 World Cup by Belgium in a heartbreaking 2-1 loss in the quarterfinals, Tite will be the first coach to coach Brazil in two consecutive tournaments since Tele Santana in 1982 and 1986. .

The 61-year-old is confident that he is now a better coach than he was in Russia four years ago and the experience of having lived through a World Cup will free him and his squad from many distractions.

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“Performance is key. It’s fundamental and we have it. But the most difficult aspect of a World Cup is the mental part. The mental demands of a World Cup are absurd, extraordinary,” Tite said.

He added that the pressure will be the same as in Russia, but he sees that the new generation of players will cope very well with the responsibility of wearing the colors of Brazil.

“An experience is essentially practical. It is necessary to live the theory to really understand it. We carry a bit of the legacy of Brazil,” Tite said.

“Those guys have been working for years for the Brazil U-20 team. They won the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo, they have a very competitive mentality and their heads are in the right place.

“Their visibility in the elite is very high, so they see the weight of the responsibility of playing with Brazil naturally. The pressure is there, but they are better prepared”.

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Information from Fernando Kallas; Edited by Ken Ferris

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