‘This has to stop’: Brazil manager Tite criticizes World Cup referees for failing to protect Neymar, claiming he is being specifically targeted by the opposition, after an ankle injury sidelines him out of the group stage.
Brazil coach Tite believes there is a “player focus” when it comes to who opposing teams pick to foul.
This comes after Brazil’s star player Neymar was ruled out of his team’s remaining two group stage matches after picking up an ankle injury against Serbia.
Tite is clearly not happy with the way opposing teams are preparing to play Brazil and has stated that this type of play “has to be stopped”.
Neymar is ruled out of the remaining group stage matches in Brazil after an ankle injury.
Speaking after Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia, Tite said: “If you want to celebrate football, you have to pay attention to fouls.”
‘They target specific players. This is the effect. This has to stop.
Neymar was unable to perform at his best in his team’s first World Cup match as he was stopped before he could really get going.
The PSG striker received an incredible nine fouls while on the pitch when several Serbian players tried to thwart Neymar’s threat.
Despite the 30-year-old’s injury, Brazil managed to beat Serbia with a 2-0 win, thanks to a brace from Tottenham striker Richarlison.
‘This has to stop’: Brazil manager Tite has asked referees to offer more protection
Brazil fans hope that their team can continue their good form since the opening game against their next opponent, Switzerland.
Switzerland also comes into the game with a match win and will be looking to upset a team from Brazil without their talisman.
As a result of Neymar’s absence, additional attacking responsibility will now fall to the rest of Brazil’s star-studded forward line as they look to carry the load without their main man.
Brazilian midfielder Casemiro touched on the subject, saying that despite his attacking talents, Neymar will be hard to replace.
Casemiro said: “We have other players who are playing well: Vinicius, Raphinha, Richarlison, Jesus, Rodrygo, Martinelli… the range of options is wide, which is good for us, but we have to be realistic and accept that Neymar is the best player on our team.’
The extra responsibility will fall on the rest of the Brazilian team with Neymar ruled out for the group stage.