Brazilian national football coach Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, known as Tite, expresses concern about Neymar. Tite stated that a corruption case back 2013 has affected Neymar’s performance and he wants it addressed at once.
In an interview, Tite explained that Neymar is clearly affected with the case that stems from his transfer to Barcelona. Investment group DIS filed a lawsuit stating they received less than 40 percent of Neymar’s transfer fee. They argued that Barcelona deceived them by lying about the real fee that came with Neymar’s transfer.
However, Altamiro Bezerra, CEO of Neymar’s company, stated they are keeping an eye on things. He added that they did not find anything new with the petition to reopen the case. Barcelona, on their part, added that they will give Neymar legal help to prove his innocence.
Tite added that Neymar does not deserve the pressure placed on him. The 24-year old has worked hard to earn his place in the Brazilian football scene. Tite takes note that Neymar has matured with his game and warn rivals to watch out for his evolution.
“He [Neymar] is still in the process of evolving, including maturing,” Tite said of his key player. “He will hit the peak of his career when he is 27, 28 years old.”
Preparing the Olympic champions for their road to the World Cup, Tite wants to play other nations in friendly matches. The Brazilian boss wants to face Europe’s best namely Germany, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. He is also open to playing England but put more emphasis in playing against Germany.
Brazil is looking at playing friendly matches as they will not see action in next year’s Confederation’s Cup. The team will have to wait until March for their next World Cup qualifying matches against Uruguay and Paraguay, respectively. So, the friendly matches will come as a big help to their cause as well.
Tite added that aside from Neymar, a new breed of Brazilian players are showing maturity in the game. He added that Brazil has good players blessed with skills who could play “collectively” as a team. Tite stress he will not put more pressure on Neymar, rather the team will help him cope with his current situation.
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