Brazil’s Tite: ‘We reached the World Cup – now it’s time to be champions’ | Brazil


With a couple of months to the World Cup how are you? How are you managing your nervousness? How am I? I’m expectant however targeted. We reached the World Cup; now it’s time to achieve the ultimate and be champions. That is the reality. On the final World Cup I used to be the supervisor due to different circumstances [Dunga was fired in 2016 and Tite took over]. Now I’ve had the chance to do the total four-year cycle. Expectations are excessive however the focus is on work.

I’ve workers with nice values and credentials. And a rare household. If I didn’t have my spouse [Rosi], I wouldn’t be the place I’m. I lose my mood, I hit the roof, I don’t sleep at evening, identical to everybody else. However I’ve a companion who helps me, a household that helps me. I draw power from my household, work and spirituality.

Are you afraid of something? The strain we face is an issue: the accountability, the strain of the place, the calls for. Once I was a supporter, I wished the staff to be the very best. It’s what strikes us. However psychological well being is necessary. I take into consideration what Mandela mentioned: “Braveness is the power to face concern.” In each choice he made, concern was current. Once I learn that, I noticed that I’m a traditional citizen. I’ve my fears, my nightmares, my little goosebumps. Worry however not dread; concern and dread are completely different.

I additionally learn what Tostão [a Brazil legend who won the 1970 World Cup] mentioned: “Fame creates a division of the human being – it builds a creature and impoverishes the creation.” I have to take care of Adenor [Tite’s real first name]. Adenor has a life: he’ll proceed to be a father, a grandfather. However he doesn’t need to be measured. If he wins, he’s the very best. If not, he’s reviled. I can’t perceive it. Once I communicate, I communicate for my complete staff. No one has a monopoly on the reality. We have to replicate on completely different opinions, and we’re open to concepts which are nicely argued. It’s not about profitable at any worth.

Alex Ferguson says nice professionals compete towards themselves in fixed pursuit of enchancment. Have you learnt why? If I examine myself to another person, I will likely be annoyed and harm. On some factors I will likely be higher, however on others I will likely be worse. I have to maintain myself wholesome, with a wholesome thoughts.

Do you are feeling dangerous whenever you get criticised like final 12 months? We’d like time to know. Works are greatest seen when they’re at a distance, completed. Now we have outcomes. What individuals are anticipating? We beat the file [for the most points] within the qualifiers. Now we have the longest unbeaten streak: 12 video games [under Tite in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup] and now 17 video games with out a loss [in the 2022 qualifiers]. That’s 29 video games.

It’s very tough in South America qualifiers. We scored 13 extra targets than Argentina in 17 video games. We’re again to first within the Fifa rankings. We had been champions of the [2019] Copa América. A second place too [in 2021]. We didn’t win final time, however there was a complete course of, on high of a tough, troubled second, stuffed with a collection of issues, that I don’t need to go deeper into [Brazil took over hosting rights from Colombia and Argentina amid the pandemic but were criticised for doing so while tens of thousands were dying in the country]. We stored a clear sheet in 13 of 17 qualifiers; our common targets scored per sport was above 2.5. I’d additionally wish to level out one factor: no one wished to play the Copa América and all people expressed that to the [then] president [of Brazil’s football federation, Rogério Caboclo].

Brazil celebrate after winning the Copa América in 2019.
Brazil rejoice after profitable the Copa América in 2019. {Photograph}: Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Photos

Are Brazil essentially the most envied staff? I’ll inform you a narrative. An Italian coach mocked Miranda [the Brazil defender, then at Internazionale, after Brazil were knocked out of the 2018 World Cup by Belgium]: “How does it really feel to be knocked out by Belgium?” I heard that from Miranda and I instructed Miranda that he [the Italian coach] by no means will know this sense as a result of he by no means coached a nation like Brazil and even his personal nation. That is envy. That’s why he requested him. Many individuals are jealous of Brazil. They don’t admit it. Maybe it’s most envied staff on the earth.

It’s about lack of respect and envy. That is the legacy I carry, the legacy we supply, the historical past of getting Pelé, Zagallo, Tostão, Garrincha. If Zagallo is criticised, how can I not be? Are Brazil essentially the most envied? I believe so, however once I exit everybody asks me how I face up to the strain of being the coach of the Brazil staff.

Just lately Neymar mentioned he was drained and this World Cup could also be his final. Are you frightened about Neymar? Did you speak to him about it? You mentioned “lately”. Now we have to concentrate to when this occurred [the interview was released last October but had been recorded months earlier, either soon after PSG had lost a Champions League semi-final or Brazil had lost the Copa final]. If I had spoken proper after a cup elimination, I’d have been extraordinarily upset too. This needs to be contextualised. We speak to all of the gamers, together with Neymar, in regards to the bodily, technical, tactical and psychological preparation for decisive video games. We cross on insights. Due to Neymar’s greatness, there’ll at all times be nice expectations. However now it’s diluted. It’s Neymar, but in addition Vinícius, Raphinha; Thiago [Silva] is at a excessive degree once more, Paquetá, Casemiro, Fabinho too.

Neymar embraces Vinícius Júnior after scoring against Chile in March’s World Cup qualifier.
Neymar embraces Vinícius Júnior after scoring towards Chile in March’s World Cup qualifier. {Photograph}: Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Photos

Is Neymar your greatest participant or is that this Vinícius’s time? Neymar is Neymar. He stays our greatest star. The distinction now could be that the glow is diluted by close by stars that may additionally shine. Neymar’s greatness is that he understands this – in regards to the development of those children. He encourages the boys to go up a degree. Time and expertise present this maturity.

How will or not it’s to play at a World Cup with out your mom? She died in 2019 My mom’s naivety … it was stunning. After we received the Copa América, she requested me if it was larger than the World Cup. Honey … So I defined it’s not the identical cup nevertheless it’s onerous too. I’m at peace. It’s their will too what I’m doing. [Tite gets teary-eyed.] I’m doing my father’s will. He was my first coach. I do know I’m making them proud. My mom at all times gave me plenty of religion, my father the love of sport. I’m wonderful, I’ve their gentle, their power.

I can play soccer for less than quarter-hour with my grandchildren. I can’t do extra as a result of they’re very intense. Then their grandmother goes to play slightly with them. I can’t flip away from soccer. It’s my pleasure, my satisfaction.

I’ve many movies and video games to observe however there are moments with the household too. I wish to be with Rosi, strolling together with her. I like books, chimarrão [maté], espresso, to be with my kids and grandchildren. I like motion pictures. I learn so much – it strengthens me. However I don’t swap off; I’m at all times asking to write down one thing down.

Tite next to a tactics board.
Tite plans to spend a 12 months along with his household and learning after the World Cup. {Photograph}: The Guardian

Will this World Cup form your future? Positive. When you win the World Cup you get an open market. You’ll be able to select. I cannot lie: my concept is certainly to not work in Brazil. I need to spend a 12 months with my household, to take a sabbatical 12 months, to check, to not have any accountability as a result of the accountability is just too nice. If one thing comes from the skin, it should occur. Now I’ve the accountability and pleasure of being the coach of the Seleção. I’m not even going to speak to anybody.

However up to now you had provides to take over a European membership? Sure, Actual Madrid and Sporting. What I like is that when a European membership have an curiosity in knowledgeable, they’ve a dialog to clarify what they want. That is actually cool. There was one other membership that wished to speak to me and I mentioned no: PSG [after Unai Emery left in May 2018]. They wished to speak to me and I mentioned I received’t; I don’t need to and I received’t. I don’t need to open up that chance of one thing else. I need to be targeted on my work. After is one other story.

On the World Cup [just before the 2018 tournament], they [Madrid] mentioned they wished to speak and I mentioned no, I received’t speak, don’t come shut. I need to be at peace with myself and my work. I’m giving my greatest. While you do one thing in parallel, that’s not doing it to the fullest. I can’t do it. I acquired provides from Actual Madrid, PSG and Sporting. However I didn’t need that. I need to win the World Cup. After the World Cup, I’ll resolve my future.


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