“The cycle has ended, and I hold to my phrase,” the 61-year-old said after Friday’s match. “There are different nice professionals that may substitute me. When their (Croatia’s) goalkeeper (Dominik Livaković) is the perfect participant on the sphere, the sport is speaking to you. We needed to be simpler in making targets. However did Brazil present their finest? Total, sure. I perceive that I’m essentially the most accountable, however we’re all liable for the loss. It’s not about being a hero or a villain. There isn’t a such factor in sports activities.
“Typically we’ve got an amazing efficiency, we shoot at objective, and the ball deviates. That’s regular. However I can respect the end result. The loss hurts, however I’m at peace with myself proper now.”
Brazil was up 1-0 up within the 117th minute when Croatia’s Bruno Petković leveled the rating simply earlier than further time expired. Brazil went on to lose 1(4)-1(2) within the ensuing penalty shootout.
Tite assigned Brazilian celebrity Neymar, who tied soccer legend Pelé’s record for essentially the most targets scored in nationwide crew historical past Friday, the fifth penalty shot, which was in the end by no means taken.
“The fifth penalty is the decisive one. There may be extra strain and gamers who’re mentally ready are finest to take it,” Tite stated of his determination.
Each of Tite’s World Cup squads (2018 and 2022) have been eradicated within the quarterfinals.
The one main trophy Tite gained as Brazil’s supervisor since taking on in 2016 was in 2019, when he led Brazil to the Copa América on residence soil — Brazil’s ninth Copa America title and first in 12 years.
Tite’s present contract, signed in July 2018, saved him with Brazil till the top of the 2022 World Cup. In February, he revealed that he meant to step down as supervisor of Brazil after the 2022 match.
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