4 days into the World Cup that has seen Asians overtrump groups with a number of World Cup titles and Tunisia and Morocco steal factors from extra favoured groups, Brazil are able to enter the fray. That meant former World Cup winners within the press convention room on the fundamental media centre right here and a shift within the language of soccer.
Head coach Tite was by no means that for Roque Junior and his colleagues within the Brazilian media, he was Professor. Even the FIFA media officer operating Wednesday’s press convention referred to as Tite that. The teaching workers was all the time the “technical commission”, footballers “athletes”, the squad “selection” and questions and solutions tended to meld the philosophical with the prosaic. Not like coaches and captains of different groups whose common response could be to take it one match at a time, everybody sought detailed solutions on whether or not Brazil are prepared.
Not for Serbia on Thursday however for a sixth World Cup title.
Serbia was talked about as soon as by head coach Tite. “They are very strong team but we have to use our skills and not let them use theirs, especially their offensive quality,” he mentioned of the facet that has Dusan Vlahovic and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Thiago Silva couldn’t get past the third query when he was requested what the individuals again house may anticipate. The questioner didn’t point out the trophy or Brazil’s 20-year look forward to Silva understood what was not mentioned. “What we can tell the crowd at home is that we truly believe in ourselves and we ask them to believe in us,” mentioned the 38-year-old central defender.
“The final is far off but they can dream on,” he mentioned. Stress? What stress? Not if the central defender can like Diego Maradona confer with himself within the third particular person and say that that is the “best version of Thiago Silva.” One that’s calmer and higher ready.
“Are you ready to hug the cup?” was the fifth query. “The fact that in 2002 we won in Asia is great inspiration for us. There are images of all the World Cups we have won and they are a source of motivation to make history. I was speaking to Roque (Junior) and he told me how it was back then. It makes me more motivated,” mentioned Silva.
Junior is a member of the 2002 World Cup profitable squad and in an elite quartet that has gained the Champions League and Copa Libertadores too (Ronaldinho, Cafu and Dida are the others). The previous defender is right here as a journalist. Additionally within the press room was former worldwide Walter Casagrande Jr.
Tite evaded repeated probing on the attainable line-up for the opener however couldn’t keep away from being requested about being favourites. One query was additionally on the probabilities of ending a 20-year wait. To the primary, he pressured on the significance of not letting the event get to him and the workforce. Being caught up within the swirl of a World Cup generally is a “normal human condition” however it’s to be averted, he mentioned.
“As I was telling Casagrande and Roque, dealing with the emotional aspect is very important. This is the biggest cup, the biggest athletes take part here, the visibility is huge but in all this you need to act naturally. What is of essence is to be yourself.”
It was some extent Silva additionally made earlier whereas answering how prepared a few of the younger gamers within the choice had been. “We have a good blend of young and experienced players and young ones such as Vini (Vinicius Jr) and Rodrygo are used to playing and delivering under pressure in Europe. Sometimes, the most difficult thing is to keep it simple.”
To the query of ending an extended wait, the Brazil head coach mentioned: “I cannot be responsible for 20 years, I have been in charge for only four. I know Brazil has a beautiful history and people at home are fascinated by football. Dreaming is a part of our lives and we are dreaming to be world champions. If not, we will be dreaming to do our best.”
As the one coach to have been retained regardless of not profitable the World Cup – Brazil misplaced to Belgium within the 2018 quarter-finals–Tite acknowledged that “it was a shift in paradigm”, one which he was “very aware” of. “But now I have the whole picture. I know the beginning, the middle and the end and when we can see the whole picture, the chances of winning becomes higher. But I also know others could have been in my place.” The “butterflies” too are “smaller” however the classes learnt from Russia should be carried out right here, he mentioned.
Argentina’s loss to Saudi Arabia “serves as reflection for us, for sure,” mentioned Tite. “We know there are no easy matches in the World Cup.”