Tite dismisses Brazil as favourites for World Cup

first_imgBrazil manager Tite has dismissed suggestions that his side are now the big favourites to win the World Cup following Germany’s shock group exit on WednesdayThe Verde-Amarela secured a 2-0 win against Serbia in their Group E finale to take the top spot with goals from Paulinho and captain Thiago Silva setting up a Round of 16 tie against Group F runners-up Mexico on Monday.After the favourites Germany were handed a shock 2-0 defeat to South Korea that saw them being eliminated from the tournament, Brazil are now being widely considered as the new favourites to lift the World Cup for a record sixth time.But Tite is choosing to stick to “reality”.“We don’t live in expectations, we live in reality,” said the 57-year-old, according to ESPN.“Because we did so well during the qualifiers and friendlies we created an excessively high sense of expectation, but the World Cup is a new cycle, a new format.“We are a team who withstand pressure, who have high-quality substitutes. We look at getting stronger and improving.”Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.After a surprise draw with Switzerland in their opening game, Brazil overcame a tense end to the group stages to grab top spot in Group E and progress to the last 16 for the 13th consecutive time.And Tite will allow himself a drink to celebrate.“I’m still going to have a caipirinha tonight, I’ll allow myself!” he said.“The World Cup is made up of human relationships, you have to feel how the dressing room is established, how the players interact, the responsibility the joy, the pride, you try to balance things out.“If you’re hyper you try to slow it down if you’re a bit low you try to hype it up. In terms of the emotion of the team, there is still more to grow. Comparatively speaking, they have grown in those three matches. From here, it is only up.”Despite a shaky start to the tournament, Brazil have now won 19 of their 24 matches under Tite with the ex-Corinthians boss boasting a winning percentage of 79%.last_img

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