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Tite Denies Issues with Neymar

Seleção manager Tite says there is no truth to reports that he is becoming frustrated with star turn Neymar. The Brazil boss spoke after his team’s 3-1 win over Japan in Lille on Friday, with Neymar opening the scoring from the penalty spot.

“We've been working together for a year and a half. We have a very strong team and we have always been very loyal. I got tired of hearing that 'Tite had a problem with Neymar.' And I can speak of his player’s character, of his greatness in the locker room.

“We are human beings, sometimes we suffer faults and react in the wrong way. I've reacted the wrong way in my career. But we must not question a person’s nature. I can speak of the character, and great heart that Neymar has.

“What I can say about Neymar is from my relationship with him. I can speak of this one year and six months with him. I can speak very strongly. Regarding the game, I was in doubt if Japan was going to make high pressure, whether we would have to break through that blockage.

“Even with the changes, we had fluency, we had performance. And I said that what matters most is not what is achieved, but what it is deserved. In the second half, we were not as good as we were in the first half, the substitutions ended up somehow affecting us.”


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