Brazil Tight: “We have reached the World Cup. Now is the time to become a champion” | Brazil

How are you doing in the months leading up to the World Cup? How do you manage your anxiety? how are you? I’m expecting, but I’m focused. You have reached the World Cup. Let’s go to the final and become the champion. This is the truth.In the last World Cup, I was a manager for other reasons [Dunga was fired in 2016 and Tite took over].. Now I had the opportunity to do a full four year cycle. Expectations are high, but the focus is on work.

I have staff with great values ​​and qualifications. And an extraordinary family.If I didn’t have a wife [Rosi], I will not be where I am. I lose my temper, hit the roof, and like everyone else, I don’t sleep at night. But I have a partner who supports me and a family who supports me. I draw power from my family, work and spirituality.

Are you scared of anything? The pressure we face is a problem: responsibilities, position pressures, demands. When I was a supporter, I wanted the team to be the best. That is what drives us. But mental health is important. Think about what Mandela said. “Courage is the ability to confront fear.” All the decisions he made were fearful. When I read it, I found out that I was an ordinary citizen. I have horrors, nightmares, and little goose bumps. I’m afraid, but I’m not afraid. Fear and fear are different.

I also read Tostão [a Brazil legend who won the 1970 World Cup] “Fame creates human division. It creates creatures and makes creations poor.” You need to take care of Adenol. [Tite’s real first name].. Adenol has a life: he continues to be a father, a grandfather. But he doesn’t want to be measured. If he wins, he is the best. Otherwise he will be cursed. I do not understand. When I speak, I speak for my entire team. No one monopolizes the truth. We need to reflect on different opinions and accept well-discussed ideas. It doesn’t win at all costs.

Alex Ferguson says that the best professionals are constantly competing with themselves for improvement. Do you know why? Comparing yourself to others can be frustrating and hurt. In some respects I get better, in other respects I get worse. I have a healthy heart and need to keep myself healthy.

Do you feel sick if criticized like last year? I need time to understand. Works are most often seen when completed at a distance. There are results. What do people expect?Break the record [for the most points] With a qualifier.We have the longest undefeated streak: 12 games [under Tite in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup] And now 17 games without loss [in the 2022 qualifiers].. It’s 29 games.

It’s very difficult in South American qualifying. He scored 13 more goals than Argentina in 17 games. I returned to No. 1 in the FIFA rankings.We were champions [2019] Copa America. 2nd place [in 2021].. I didn’t win last time, but in addition to a series of problematic, difficult and embarrassing moments, there was an entire process that I didn’t want to go deep 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].. I maintained a clean sheet in 13 of the 17 qualifying sessions. The average goal scored per game was over 2.5. Also, one thing I would like to point out is that no one wanted to play Copa America. [then] president [of Brazil’s football federation, Rogério Caboclo]..

Brazil celebrates after winning the Copa America in 2019. Photo: Chris Blanckill / Fantasista / Getty Images

Is Brazil the most enviable team? I will talk.Italian coach ridiculed Miranda [the Brazil defender, then at Internazionale, after Brazil were knocked out of the 2018 World Cup by Belgium]: “How do you feel about being knocked out in Belgium?” I heard from Miranda and told Miranda. [the Italian coach] He has never coached a country like Brazil or his own, so he never knows this feeling. This is enviable. That’s why he asked him. Many are jealous of Brazil. They don’t admit it. Probably the most enviable team in the world.

It’s about the lack of respect and jealousy. This is the history of having the heritage I have, the heritage we have, Pele, Zagallo, Tostan and Garrincha. If Zagallo is criticized, why can’t I? Is Brazil the most enviable? I think so, but when I go out, everyone asks me how I can withstand the pressure of becoming a coach for the Brazilian team.

Recently Neymar said he was tired and this World Cup might be his last. Are you worried about Neymar? Did you tell him about it? You said “recently”.You need to pay attention to when this happened [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].. Had I been talking right after I pulled out the cup, I would have been very angry. This needs to be contextualized. Talk to all players, including Neymar, about the physical, technical, tactical, and mental preparation of the decisive game. We convey insights. There are always great expectations for Neymar’s splendor. But now it’s sparse. It’s Neymar, but it’s also Vini Jr. and Rafinha.Chiago [Silva] Paqueta, Casemiro and Fabinho are also at a high level.

Neymar will accept Vinissius Jr. after playing against Chile in the World Cup qualifiers in March.
Neymar will accept Vinissius Jr. after playing against Chile in the World Cup qualifiers in March. Photo: Carl de Souza / AFP / Getty Images

Is Neymar your best player or is this the era of Vini Jr. Neymar is Neymar. He remains our biggest star. The current difference is that the brilliance is diluted by nearby stars. The beauty of Neymar is that he understands this about the growth of these children. He encourages the boys to level up. Time and experience bring this maturity.

How about competing in the World Cup without a mom?She died in 2019 Mother’s simplicity … it was beautiful. When we beat the Copa America, she asked me if it was bigger than the World Cup. Honey … So I explained that it’s not the same cup but difficult. I am peaceful What I am doing is also their will. [Tite gets teary-eyed.] I am doing my father’s will. He was my first coach. I know I’m proud of them. My mother has always given me a lot of faith. My father had a love for sports. I’m fine, I have their light, their energy.

I can only play soccer with my grandson for 15 minutes. They are so fierce that I can’t do anything more. Then their grandmother goes out to play with them a little. I can’t get away from football. It’s my joy, my satisfaction.

There are lots of videos and games to watch, but there are also times with the family. I like to be with Roshi while walking. I like books, chimarrão [maté], Coffee, being with my kids and grandchildren. I like movies. I read a lot – it strengthens me. But I don’t switch it off. I always ask to write down something.

Tight next to the tactical board.
Tite will spend a year with his family and study after the World Cup. Photo: Guardian

Will this World Cup shape your future? of course. If you win the World Cup, you will be in an open market. You can choose. I don’t lie. My idea is definitely not to work in Brazil. I would like to spend a year with my family, grow older in sabbatical, study, and not take responsibility because my responsibilities are too great. If something comes from the outside, it happens. Now I have the responsibility and joy of becoming a Seleção coach. I’m not going to talk to anyone.

But have you ever offered to take over a European club? Yes, Real Madrid and sports. What I like is that when European clubs are interested in professionals, they have a conversation to explain what they need. This is really cool. There is another club I would like to talk to and I said no: PSG [after Unai Emery left in May 2018].. They wanted to talk to me, but I said they wouldn’t. I don’t want and don’t. I don’t want to open up the possibilities of anything else. I want to concentrate on my work. The rest is another story.

At the world cup [just before the 2018 tournament]They [Madrid] They said they wanted to talk, and I said no, I don’t talk, stay away. I want to be peaceful with myself and my work. I am working hard. When you do something in parallel, it’s not doing it to the fullest. you can’t. Received offers from Real Madrid, PSG and Sporting. But I didn’t want it. I want to win the World Cup. After the World Cup, decide your future.

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