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Neymar and Firmino delight Tite as Brazil start World Cup qualifying in style
October 10, 2020
Brazil coach Titepraised the performance of Neymar and was pleased at Roberto Firmino’s contribution in the5-0 thrashing of Bolivia.
Marquinhos and Philippe Coutinho also scored, withBolivia not helping their cause with an own goal in the rout in Sao Paulo.
Neymar, who has 61 goals in his 102 caps, did not find the net butwas influential throughout, the Paris Saint-Germain forward showing no signs of the back problem that had bothered him during the build-up to the game.
“We seek knowledge, strategies, to play with harmony,”Titesaidafter the resounding victory.
“Neymar was looser, more central, with freedom of movement, as the opponent’s marking is more demanding.
“Coutinho played inside, with Firmino not far behind.HeFirminodid not seekthe ballso much, he waited foritmore.
“Hescoredtwo and could havehadtwo more.As the game requires, we may not change the functionof the team, but adaptit to suit.”
Brazilare next in action on Tuesday, when they are away toPeru.
Tite will hope his side can be just as clinical on their travelsin what will be a repeat of the 2019 Copa America finalin Rio de Janeiro, a game the Selecao won 3-1 to lift the trophy.
“It is a feature to maintain possession of the ball.But there is no use getting the ball and finishing little,”the Brazil bossadded in his press conference.
Brazil are chasing a sixth World Cup trophy, having not lifted the crown since defeating Germany 2-0 thanks to a couple of Ronaldo goals in the final of the 2002 showpiece.