- Tite discusses taking one yr off to review teaching
- He hails Neymar, Kevin De Bruyne and Roberto Mancini’s Italy
- He explains why going through Argentina is far more than a World Cup qualifier
“Surviving for long in a country that has 200 million Seleção coaches is impossible,” summarised Luiz Felipe Scolari of what many deem probably the most demanding job in soccer.
Surviving below the scorching scrutiny of the gluttonous Brazil followers is, certainly, akin to surviving within the Lut Desert. Winning, to Brazilians, merely isn’t sufficient. You must win with immeasurable swagger.
Mario Zagallo was A Seleção’s eighth coach within the 5 years main as much as Mexico 1970. Carlos Alberto Parreira was their fourth appointment in little over a yr in 1991. Scolari turned the fourth in 9 months ten years later. Only one man in historical past – Flavio Costa, who was in cost between 1944 and ’50 – has spent over 5 years within the canary-yellow chair.
A person who just isn’t solely surviving, however thriving within the proverbial poisoned chalice in set to double that statistic. Tite has gained 38 and misplaced simply 4 of 52 matches. He’s unbeaten in his final 21 FIFA World Cup™ preliminaries, profitable 16 of them.
The 59-yr-outdated has masterminded Brazil’s finest-ever begin to a World Cup qualifying marketing campaign, eclipsing the figures Junior, Socrates, Zico and Co set in 1981. And essentially in a land the place, to many, futebol-arte is as paramount as three factors, he’s retaining the insatiable satiated.
Tite took outing from his hectic schedule – he watches and analyses matches with the regularity different Brazilians drink espresso – to speak to FIFA.com in regards to the upcoming clashes with Colombia and Argentina, Diego Maradona, Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Alisson, his admiration of Roberto Mancini’s Italy and Kevin De Bruyne, and why he took a yr out from teaching to review the gorgeous recreation.
FIFA.com: Tite, 4 video games, 12 factors, 12 targets for, two in opposition to. How would you consider Brazil’s begin to World Cup qualifying?
Tite: Every recreation, each part has its personal story. We have to take a look at the larger image. The pandemic took one thing away from us, affected the standard of soccer. Roughly talking, the standard we confirmed in three of the video games was above my expectations, and in opposition to Venezuela we struggled a lot. It’s a progress course of. The factors replicate the workforce’s efficiency, and our complete impresses me.
Now you’ll face Colombia and Argentina, who’re unbeaten since shedding to Brazil on the Copa America and who boast abilities like Dybala, Correa, Messi, Martinez and Aguero…
They are two crucial video games. The qualifying competitors is so balanced. The two video games in opposition to Colombia within the final qualifiers have been, technically, one of the best two video games we performed in. Both groups sought to assault, sought to create, precipitated issues for the opposition. They have been very even video games. The two video games have been very tough for us. The conventional derbies – Brazil-Argentina, Brazil-Uruguay – they’ve a actually sturdy historic factor. And Argentina have nice people. For me, Brazil in opposition to Argentina, in addition to being a World Cup qualifier, it’s one other competitors in itself.
Speaking of Argentina, Diego Maradona sadly handed away not too long ago. What did you consider him?
Let me use the account of Careca, with whom I’ve a good relationship. Maradona’s technical skill, capability to improvise, creativity… Careca all the time needed to stay extraordinarily attentive simply to beat the ‘difficulty’ and sustain with such an distinctive participant. On the pitch, Maradona was extraordinary.
Speaking of nice gamers, what do you consider Neymar?
Neymar has matured a lot. Before, when he was at Barcelona and in my early days with the Seleção, he was a participant who could be out on the wing, would rating targets, had tempo, would dribble, do particular person performs. Now he’s expanded the realm by which he performs and, in addition to being a goalscorer, he creates performs for others. He’s now what we name a ‘bow and arrow’ – he can set issues up and end issues off. He’s elevated his arsenal.
How necessary is Philippe Coutinho to the Seleção?
Since I took over, the Seleção has gone via phases. The most memorable part was within the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup. It was one of the best model of the Seleção. We created a lot of possibilities, scored a lot of targets, conceded solely a few, have been constant. And we did it enjoying in a actually stunning means. Coutinho, in these qualifiers, was what I name an ‘external float’. First he was out on the suitable, given the liberty to create. Then when Renato [Augusto] received injured, he performed within the centre in a function a little just like the one he performed for Liverpool. He was additionally good there. He’s gone via ups and downs, however he’s a nice participant and he’s in nice type.
Do you suppose Alisson is one of the best goalkeeper on the earth?
I believe to be and to be at that second are two various things. Is he in one of the best three on the earth? I’ve completely little question, 100-per-cent conviction. To say he’s one of the best I’d have to actually look carefully in any respect the goalkeepers to check. But I believe during the last yr he was one of the best. Was he higher than Neuer? Yes. Better than Ter Stegen? Yes. Better than Oblak? Yes.
Aside from Brazil, who do you suppose is one of the best facet on the earth proper now?
It’s tough to say. After the pandemic, there hasn’t been a lot alternative for groups to indicate what they’ll do. Brazil, Argentina, Colombia have had little or no possibilities. The Europeans have performed eight instances, 4 greater than us. Italy have come again enjoying, for me, soccer that’s far more stunning to observe. Mancini has completed a nice job. He’s put in a college of soccer like Arrigo Sacchi. I believe they’ve a larger steadiness between defensive play – characteristically, traditionally what they’re famend for – and offensive play. Belgium nonetheless have this nice technology. They’re a nice workforce, have nice particular person expertise, and one of the vital proficient gamers on the earth in De Bruyne. France are very sturdy too.
Who do you suppose are one of the best three gamers on the earth at present?
I might say the three I voted for [The Best FIFA Men’s Player]. Neymar first, Lewandowski second, De Bruyne third. Before he received injured Neymar was, even by his personal requirements, in improbable type. Lewandowski is an unimaginable striker. De Bruyne is able to doing issues that others can’t. His improvisation, his willpower. I really like watching him play.
Can you clarify your resolution on the finish of 2013 to take a break from teaching for a yr, journey the world and examine soccer?
I’ve all the time studied soccer and needed to develop my data, my concepts. When I left Corinthians, it was the right alternative to review different coaches and groups to a larger diploma, first-hand. I’d gained every part I might at membership stage – the Campeonato Brasileiro, the Libertadores, the Club World Cup, the place we beat Chelsea. I believed the subsequent step was the Seleção and I needed to enhance myself as a coach as finest as I might. I learn books on Simeone, Guardiola. I studied what Bianchi achieved at Boca Juniors and Cruyff achieved at Barcelona. Football is completely different everywhere in the world, every place has various things you may study. I went to fulfill up with Bianchi and hear his concepts, which have been very insightful. I hung out at Arsenal. I hung out with Ancelotti at Real Madrid. I studied Manchester City, the English champions, Bayern Munich, the German champions. I sought to study every part – the stuff behind the scenes, the coaching, the ways and what occurs on the pitch. Everything. I watched all of the matches on the 2014 World Cup, took notes, broke them down. That interval was crucial for my profession.
Which coach have you ever discovered probably the most from?
Ancelotti. The means Simeone organises his groups is outstanding. Guardiola, his offensive ways, skill to interrupt groups down is absolutely spectacular. Bianchi has an unimaginable skill to get one of the best out of his gamers in huge finals. Some of Cruyff’s tactical concepts have been improbable. But I doubtless discovered probably the most from Ancelotti. He sees the sport in a completely different and distinctive means.