The numbers say everything: out of 26 coordinates under Tite’s order, A Seleção have won 20, drawn four and lost just two. They have scored 55 objectives and yielded only eight. Coming into Friday’s gathering with Belgium, they had never yielded in excess of one objective in a diversion and had assembled a kept running of 15 matches without vanquish.
Nonetheless, the second of those thrashings and two of those objectives touched base in a sensational quarter-last in Kazan. The 2-1 overcome by Belgium saw the group’s desires of winning the competition for a 6th time sneak past their fingers.
Harsher onlookers may call attention to that the main numbers that issue are the last score. Exposed to the harsh elements light of day, there is no avoiding the way that Brazil were disposed of at the quarter-last stage for the third time in four FIFA World Cups™.
“It’s something that is difficult to state now, seemingly out of the blue, however the training group merit a ton of credit,” said Renato Augusto, whose objective gave his group trust against the Belgians. “I believed that we merited no less than a draw today. We gave it everything. Tite attempted each choice, however lamentably the [second] objective never came.”
It has been more than a long time since a Brazil administrator stayed in control for two successive releases of the World Cup when Mario Zagallo drove the group at West Germany 1974 after their triumph at Mexico 1970.
As indicated by focus half and skipper Miranda, it is vital that the group keep confidence in their pioneer. “Tite has completed an extraordinary activity and needs to stay in control. He’s a praiseworthy expert,” he told FIFA.com.
Battling to keep down his feelings, the protector rushed to credit the restriction. “We came up against an extraordinary rival. They ought to be saluted. They battled until the end and got the outcome.”
In his question and answer session, Tite dissected the outstanding level of football on appear in Kazan. “In spite of all the torment that I’m believing, I’m as yet fit for assessing [the game]. Any individual who appreciates great football will have enjoyed what they saw,” he pronounced.
Tite’s holistic approach and influence
The coach took charge of A Seleção on 20 June 2016. He has been in the job for a little over two years, during which time he has given the team a new lease of life.
Furthermore, his influence has extended beyond the field of play. Under Tite, the coaching team has expanded and improved its capacity for research and analysis, as well as communication with players, clubs and coaches outside the national set-up.
“The fans are capable of reaching their own conclusions. Sometimes it hurts. But one thing’s for sure: they are capable of analysing what took place. It’s about more than the result,” stated the manager.
Tite preferred not to speculate on his own plans. “I’m proud of our work. I’m feeling this defeat, but it’s about being able to take stock. I can’t get ahead of myself,” he said. Nonetheless, he reflected that “whenever a coach is given more time, in theory his work will improve.”
For now, A Seleção must wait and see. The team will naturally be anxious to go on another winning run. But with Qatar 2022 still four years away, they will also know that time is on their side.