Neymar Exclusion ‘Part of Brazil’s Preparation’ Admits Tite


Brazil boss Tite has admitted that omitting Neymar from the squad for June friendlies against Australia and Argentina is as much in the interests of the team, as it is the player himself.

Neymar has been spared for the games in Melbourne, alongside other senior players such as Marquinhos, Dani Alves, Casemiro and Marcelo. Tite has decided to rest those players after gruelling club seasons, but he also wants to take the chance to look at some fringe players.

Brazil are already qualified for next year’s World Cup and Tite says learning to play without Neymar is valuable contingency planning for the team, in case their talisman becomes unavailable for any reason.

“The team must be prepared for various situations that may occur in the game. I talk about negative results, going behind on the scoreboard, adversity, knowing how to manage games. Working without Neymar is also preparation, yes.

“We met Edu (Gaspar, coordinator of CBF), Rogério Caboclo (executive director) and President Marco Polo (Del Nero) and they agreed in pursuing the best course of action for the Brazilian national team- regardless of names. That was the opinion of all of the technical staff.”

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