Tite is ashamed of his “accidental mistake” in Neymar’s ankle injury
Ahead of Brazil's second group game against Switzerland on Monday, the Brazil manager discussed Neymar's injury after admitting to making a mistake in man-managing the PSG forward.
was substituted after suffering an ankle injury in the 80th minute ofBrazil
's 2-0 victory over Serbia. The new injury has been described as a lateral ligament injury to his right ankle.
After Neymar shared pictures of his heavily swollen foot on social media,
admits he could have handled his star man better. He told his press conference:
"I made a mistake.
"I did not realise and I want to publicly acknowledge this.
"He was injured, I didn't see that he had an injury, we didn't get that information.
"He tried to continue to play until he told us he was feeling his ankle, because right then he had the ability to try to push with the team, he participated in the goals.
"I hadn't seen he had an injury, it was 10 minutes and it was not malicious, it was accidental."
"If we want to celebrate the football we have to pay attention to the fouls, because they focus on specific players," Tite said. "This is a fact and it has to be stopped."
However, Tite remains confident he will have both Neymar andDanilo
back on the squad before Qatar 2022 is over.
"That's my opinion,"
"Medically I am not in a position to speak but I do have the medical reports.
"I can continue to say that not only about Neymar but also about Danilo. Both situations have changed, but we do believe both will be available to play.
"We have to live day by day, deal with the possibilities. We have 26 players who have to be fit and in great shape, that's how we've been working. It shows why team spirit is important."
On how much
Brazil suffers from Neymar's injury
, Tite said:
"Neymar is an extraordinary talent, but we are also relying on our other players as well.
"What I think about major talents is that they are players who do everything well and maybe in three opportunities they get them. Creativity is not constant.
"This talent comes up only two, three times in a match and Neymar has that ability.
"There are other players. An assist from Vinicius [Junior], or creativity when finishing a play from Richarlison, a header from Pedro, a chance for Gabriel Jesus, Raphinha… they have this ability."
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