Brazil coach Tite is excited about the rise of the youngsters who rose to stardom in European football last season and will be available for the national team in November when his side bid for a record sixth World Cup in the final in Qatar.
The new generation of talent includes Real Madrid Champions League stars Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo, Barcelona marquee signing Raphinha, new Tottenham Hotspur striker Richarlison, Newcastle United versatile midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, electrifying Ajax Amsterdam winger Antony and relentless Atletico Madrid striker Matheus Cunha, among others. .
All of these players are 25 or younger and already part of the world’s elite, which Tite says will ease the pressure on Paris St-Germain striker Neymar, 30, who has carried the burden as a superstar. Brazilian of her generation throughout her career.
“We have other players who are also decisive and vital. It’s good for Neymar, the national team and the coach. It’s good for us as a team,” Tite told Reuters in a statement. interview, revealing his key player was excited about his new teammates.
“The other day Neymar looked at me and said, ‘Coach, these kids coming in, it’s just crazy… what a headache trying to put them all on the pitch. “
“When you have other players with great technical potential, you share the load and the attention of our rivals who will now have to choose where to focus their defensive missions.”
Tite said he expected to use Neymar in a more central role which would allow him to free up young Brazilian 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 favour, Tite wants to ensure his squad have fresh legs and are more unpredictable.
“Neymar has become a more creative role, a leader, a builder and a finisher, but a little more behind. Bow and arrow, creator and finisher,” Tite explained.
2018 World Cup favorite
After his side were knocked out of the 2018 World Cup by Belgium in a heartbreaking 2-1 quarter-final loss, Tite will be the first manager to coach Brazil in back-to-back tournaments since Tele Santana in 1982 and 1986 .
The 61-year-old is confident he’s a better coach now than he was four years ago in Russia and the experience of experiencing a World Cup will free him and his team from many distractions.
“Performance is the key. It is fundamental and we have it. But the hardest part of a World Cup is the mental part. The mental requirement of a World Cup is absurd, extraordinary,” said Tite.
He said the pressure will be the same as in Russia, but he sees the new generation of players taking on the responsibility of wearing the colors of Brazil very well.
Brazil’s opponents in the group stage of the tournament are Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon.