Brazil national team manager Tite has surprisingly admitted that he was wrong to play Man City forward Gabriel Jesus ahead of Roberto Firmino at the World Cup.
Despite going into the World Cup as third favourites to win the tournament itself, Brazil failed to inspire as many commentators expected beforehand, with the media focussing on Neymar’s diving antics as much as the football itself.
One aspect of the South Americans’ tournament that Liverpool fans took issue with was the fact that Roberto Firmino was on the bench for every game while Gabriel Jesus started up front.
And now, Tite has admitted that he was wrong to exclude the Liverpool forward and despite Firmino’s poor start to the 2018/19 season, he fully deserved to play more in Russia.
Brazil boss Tite has revealed during an interview with SporTV that he admits his mistake in maintaining Gabriel Jesus in the World Cup, instead of playing Roberto Firmino. pic.twitter.com/BAEqxI4yJE
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“He had played all the qualifiers next to Neymar and Coutinho and I thought [Jesus’] presence would facilitate their task,” Tite said.
“Then vs Mexico, he was able to play on the left so we could use Neymar in a central role.”
In recent friendlies, Tite has been playing Firmino up front instead of Jesus and this could signal a change in approach from the Brazil national team coach and it’s one that Liverpool fans will be over the moon with.