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Brazil head coach Tite blasts managers who play Neymar out wide

Brazilian head coach Tite criticizes ‘donkey’ and ‘stupid’ PSG managers playing Neymar wide rather than up front for ‘limiting creativity’

  • The Brazilian coach gave an interview in which he discussed the importance of Neymar
  • Tite says Neymar is too creative to waste wide at this stage in his career
  • He says he will make more mistakes centrally, but it’s worth the advantage

Tite has labeled managers who deploy Neymar everywhere as ‘stupid’, saying the mercurial Paris Saint-Germain star remains the ‘solution’ and not the ‘problem’ for his national side.

The Brazilian head coach, in conversation with the podcast Sexta Estrelasaid Neymar’s creative qualities make it baffling why a manager would select him so widely these days.

Neymar will make mistakes in the central areas, Tite believes, but those will be offset by his creative output and the benefits the team brings.

Tite has said any manager who plays Neymar wide at this stage in his career is an 'ass'

Tite has said any manager who plays Neymar wide at this stage in his career is an ‘ass’

He said, ‘He’s not a problem, he’s a solution. Sometimes they say he will make more mistakes there.

“His position makes him make more mistakes because if he does it creatively, he will be decisive,” he added.

“When a coach picks Neymar on the side of the team, when I watch the game, I call him an ass. A player with these qualities, pulling the cart, severely limits creative capacity.

The Brazilian head coach says what Neymar brings to the team from the central areas is invaluable

The Brazilian head coach says what Neymar brings to the team from the central areas is invaluable

Creativity is not constancy, it is contingency, it is indirect. He will make more mistakes, yes, because his creative capacity and where he is located demands it.’

Neymar’s role under Tite has changed since the manager took over de Selecao in 2016, with the player evolving into a more ball-loving player.

At the 2018 World Cup, Neymar enjoyed 395 touches on the ball over Brazil’s run to the quarter-finals, where they were eventually defeated by Belgium.

Meanwhile, at last year’s Copa America tournament, where the Seleço were defeated in the final by big rivals Argentina, Neymar’s strokes went up to 438, but his stamina dropped throughout the tournament.

Neymar's role within teams has changed since his move to Paris Saint Germain in August 2017

Neymar’s role within teams has changed since his move to Paris Saint Germain in August 2017

Carry’s are more often performed by players who are wide out, with attackers deployed more centrally they are more likely to be asked to tee the ball to surrounding teammates or go in front of the goal themselves.

Tite himself noted this in the podcast, saying that he has spoken with Vinicius Junior about his role in the current Brazilian side which is similar to Neymar’s in 2014.

The 2014 World Cup, right up to Neymar’s tragic injury against Colombia, was marked in part by the majestic young Brazilian picking up the ball from the left and blasting past defenders.

The legendary Brazilian's role in the 2014 World Cup in Seleço was one of entering from the left side

The legendary Brazilian’s role in the 2014 World Cup in Seleço was one of entering from the left side

Tite said: ‘We were in training, I said to Vini: ‘You are the Neymar of 2014, because the Neymar of Barcelona and the national team at that time Neymar was on the side, today he is in the centre.’

Brazil are currently favorites for the World Cup in Qatar, having wiped it all out in what is usually a grueling South American qualifying process.

Brazil has Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon in their group and their tournament starts on November 24.

Tite noted how Neymar's position on the playing field had changed since he left Barcelona

Tite noted how Neymar’s position on the playing field had changed since he left Barcelona

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