News ID: 231028
Published: 0909 GMT September 08, 2018

Tite: Brazil recovering from painful World Cup

Tite: Brazil recovering from painful World Cup
Neymar celebrates after scoring from a penalty for Brazil in a 2-0 victory over USA at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the US, on September 7, 2018.

Brazil head coach Tite said his team is recovering from the "pain" and "frustration" of its World Cup exit after overcoming USA in New Jersey on Friday.

New permanent captain Neymar and Roberto Firmino were on target as Brazil defeated USA 2-0 in an international friendly at MetLife Stadium, FourFourTwo magazine reported.

Brazil was the favorite to win the World Cup in Russia but the South American giant was shocked by Belgium in the quarterfinals.

Speaking after Brazil's victory stateside, Tite told reporters, "We are recovering the work from pain and a frustration of elimination. It has an emotional aspect.

"This was a feeling we noticed when we met with the athletes. And it's a resumption in which Douglas Costa started only his second match. I was asked about the other athletes. But the others are the ones that were already but need more time on the field.

"We have to give Firmino, Douglas Costa, Fred more chance. And then the newbies. But having these players on the pitch so they have the opportunity and time for a better analysis. And this was beyond my expectation."

Neymar wore the captain's armband after Tite scrapped his rotation policy following Russia 2018 and the Paris Saint-Germain star led the way.

After Firmino opened the scoring in the 11th minute, Neymar doubled the lead from the spot approaching half-time when Brazil was awarded a contentious penalty – Fabinho falling to ground under minimal contact.

Discussing Neymar – who endured a difficult World Cup campaign having been criticized for exaggerating fouls – Tite added, "You're going to have your eyes on Neymar.

"I want to speak little, but be complicit in his behavior and attitudes so that he can grow more and more. Without losing the audacity, without taking the last dribble in the final third of the field. It is a brand not only of Neymar, but of the Brazilian player.

"If you watch, [Philippe] Coutinho picks up the ball and goes inside, Willian also, Douglas Costa and Everton as well. I will not take those characteristics, some adaptations yes. But Neymar's behaviors and his attitudes will speak for themselves and you can follow."





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