Rogerio Micale Refutes Suggestions that Olympic Gold Was Tite’s Work
Former Brazil-U23 coach Rogerio Micale has denied suggestions that Brazil’s Olympic gold victory was masterminded by senior team manager Tite. Micale, who left the role recently, moved to clarify suggestions that Tite worked with the young team behind the scenes as the Seleção won their first ever Olympic gold for football in Rio last August.
In an interview with SporTV, Micale said, “We had a working friends' relationship, we talked. We worked, he was starting to work with the full team. We met some times, but we did not work in the same room,” Micale insisted.
“We came to exchange ideas about football and, when it was all over, we were going to narrow that relationship of philosophy and style of play between my team and the senior side,” he explained. Tite has won 8 successive qualifiers with Brazil since taking the job last year, earning the plaudits of the nation’s press.
But Micale denies suggestions that the Olympic campaign was down to Tite, “I heard a lot about that. It gets annoying because Tite is a successful person. He is consecrated, he is doing a great job on the national team. We are feeling glad to see the Seleção play again.
“He has all the merit in the world. Tite went to lunch with us. His presence was important to us, just like the call of Felipão (Scolari). They are people who strengthen you with a firm word. But we worked for one year on our system of play.”