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 primary 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 working Wednesday’s press convention known as Tite that. The teaching workers was all the time the “technical fee”, footballers “athletes”, the squad “choice” and questions and solutions tended to meld the philosophical with the prosaic. Not like coaches and captains of different groups whose normal 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’re very sturdy group however we have now to make use of our expertise and never allow them to use theirs, particularly their offensive high quality,” he stated of the aspect that has Dusan Vlahovic and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Thiago Silva couldn’t get past the third query when he was requested what the folks again residence might count on. The questioner didn’t point out the trophy or Brazil’s 20-year look ahead to Silva understood what was not stated. “What we will inform the group at house is that we actually imagine in ourselves and we ask them to imagine in us,” stated the 38-year-old central defender.
“The ultimate is way off however they will dream on,” he stated. Strain? What strain? Not if the central defender can like Diego Maradona seek advice from himself within the third individual and say that that is the “greatest model of Thiago Silva.” One that’s calmer and higher ready.
“Are you able to hug the cup?” was the fifth query. “The truth that in 2002 we gained in Asia is nice inspiration for us. There are pictures of all of the World Cups we have now gained and they’re a supply of motivation to make historical past. I used to be talking to Roque (Junior) and he advised me the way it was again then. It makes me extra motivated,” stated Silva.
Junior is a member of the 2002 World Cup successful 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 doable line-up for the opener however couldn’t keep away from being requested about being favourites. One query was additionally on the possibilities of ending a 20-year wait. To the primary, he pressured on the significance of not letting the event get to him and the group. Being caught up within the swirl of a World Cup generally is a “regular human situation” however it’s to be averted, he stated.
“As I used to be telling Casagrande and Roque, coping with the emotional side is essential. That is the largest cup, the largest athletes participate right here, the visibility is large however in all this it is advisable act naturally. What’s of essence is to be your self.”
It was some extent Silva additionally made earlier whereas answering how prepared a few of the younger gamers within the choice had been. “We’ve got a superb mix of younger and skilled gamers and younger ones comparable to Vini (Vinicius Jr) and Rodrygo are used to taking part in and delivering underneath strain in Europe. Typically, essentially the most troublesome factor is to maintain it easy.”
To the query of ending an extended wait, the Brazil head coach stated: “I can’t be accountable for 20 years, I’ve been in cost for under 4. I do know Brazil has an attractive historical past and other people at residence are fascinated by soccer. Dreaming is part of our lives and we’re dreaming to be world champions. If not, we can be dreaming to do our greatest.”
As the one coach to have been retained regardless of not successful 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 conscious” of. “However now I’ve the entire image. I do know the start, the center and the tip and after we can see the entire image, the possibilities of successful turns into larger. However I additionally know others might have been in my place.” The “butterflies” too are “smaller” however the classes learnt from Russia should be applied right here, he stated.
Argentina’s loss to Saudi Arabia “serves as reflection for us, for positive,” stated Tite. “We all know there aren’t any straightforward matches within the World Cup.”