•  The technical director summoned ‘Ney’ to the Brazilian team again and defended him from strong criticism after being eliminated from the Champions League

Neymar after finishing the match against Madrid

Tite, coach of Brazil, came out this Friday in defense of Neymar, who was the subject of harsh criticism after being eliminated with PSG in the round of 16 of the Champions League against Real Madrid.

He spoke about the subject after disclosing the call for the last two games of the South American qualifiers for the 2022 Qatar World Cup against Chile and Bolivia. “He played well in the first half and, like the whole team, he crashed in the second half,” Tite said.

The Canarinha coach included the PSG star in his list, absent from the last call due to injury, and recalled that he “has room for growth” in his level of play because he has just recovered.

“He has an extraordinary quality, but he comes from a natural process of someone who comes from an injury,” he stressed.

The ’10’ of the Brazilian team was one of those highlighted in last Wednesday’s defeat against Madrid, who managed to overcome the tie in twenty magical minutes of the second half and win 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium.

Neymar in the match against Madrid

“He comes in that process of searching for his best form, which is something that time and training will give him,” said the coach.

Brazil’s physical trainer, Fábio Mahseredjian, stressed that Neymar was close to 80 days without playing and that, normally, it takes him a while to get back to ideal physical shape.

“He has played five games so far, only two complete. With Tite, he is going to evolve and you are going to perceive a greater evolution in each training session,” he added.

Brazil will face Chile on March 24 at the Maracaná stadium in Rio de Janeiro and five days later it will face Bolivia as a visitor to put an end to the Qualifiers that were a walk for the Canarinha.

Tite’s squad, which has already secured its ticket to Qatar, is the undefeated leader with 39 points and a record of twelve wins and three draws.

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