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Tite Explains Decision Not To Play Rafinha and Dedê

Brazil coach Tite explained his decision not to give Rafinha and Dedê some minutes in either of the Seleção’s friendlies this month.

Both were unused subs in the 1-0 wins over Uruguay and Cameroon this week. But neither player made it onto the pitch.

One or both had been expected to get some minutes against Cameroon. Tite explained that the precarious game state made it impossible for him to bring them on.

“The game came in such a way that, within 15 minutes of the second half, we could not get the second goal. If I put Dedé or Rafinha on, this is not giving them an opportunity.

Because he's going to make a mistake and then we'll burn the guy. He will think, ‘If I make a mistake here, it will be my fault.’ So some situations we have to think again.”

Tite also congratulated Cameroon boss Clarence Seedorf for the way his team played, “The game was for those looking for well-played football, we did not have a ‘broken ball.’

I'm not saying what's worse or better, but the game was an aesthetically more beautiful. They went out playing with the goalkeeper, who has the technical ability to pass with both feet.”


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