It's not my responsibility that Brazil have not won WC in 20 yrs: Tite
Published : Thursday, 24 November, 2022 at 12:35 PM Count : 385
Brazil have no problem being the favourites to win the World Cup and dealing with the pressure must be natural for their players, coach Tite said on Wednesday.
"The pressure is natural. Brazil have the biggest history in football and with that legacy always comes the pressure," Tite told a news conference ahead of their World Cup Group G debut against Serbia on Thursday.
"We have some of the players that call the biggest media attention in the world so we take it naturally, it's our dream winning a World Cup. Pressure is inevitable."
Brazil have won the World Cup a record five times and Tite said it is not his responsibility that Brazil have not won the tournament in 20 years, Reuters reports.
He said he can only be accountable for the last four years, his only complete cycle since Brazil lost against Belgium in the quarter-finals in Russia in 2018.
"In Russia we only had two years to fix the team and I came to the rescue. Now is different because I had the opportunity the build the team the way I wanted," Tite said.
"That's why my feeling today is completely different than four years ago. I'm not that nervous because all the work has been done."
Tite did not disclose his team selection.
His background as a defensive coach means there has been much speculation over his picks for the match against Serbia, with the biggest question mark surrounding Vinicius Jr.
The 22-year-old scored Real Madrid's winner in the Champions League final against Liverpool and finished eighth in the Ballon d'Or last month, elevating him to world-class level in his fifth season with the La Liga side.