Brazil coach Tite had an emotional change together with his Ecuador counterpart Gustavo Alfaro after the groups drew 1-1 and began trying into the knockout stage of Copa America.
TV footage confirmed Alfaro praising his counterpart’s ethics and including that Tite deserves the World Cup title.
Alfaro and Tite shared a pleasant hug after the change on the Olimpico Stadium in Goiania.
Ecuador’s coach insisted Tite ought to stay within the job regardless of current inner issues on the Brazilian soccer confederation. Brazilian media reported Tite may have been fired earlier than Copa America due to his crew’s resistance in taking part in the match on house soil in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Do not go, please. Resist as a result of you’ll find yourself being world champion, keep in mind what I’m saying,” Alfaro advised Tite on the pitch after the match.
“You dignify this (job).” Ecuador held a below-strength Brazil to a draw to safe a spot within the Copa America quarterfinals because the fourth-place crew in Group B. Brazil had already secured high spot within the group earlier than the match started, permitting coach Tite to depart Neymar and different key gamers out to relaxation.
Tite has been a critic of Copa America being held in Brazil in emergency mode. Final week, he was fined $5,000 by South American soccer’s governing physique, CONMEBOL, for saying throughout a June 12 information convention that the match was shifted to his nation in a “complicated method.”
CONMEBOL confirmed Brazil because the match’s host lower than two weeks earlier than the opening match.
Brazil’s gamers reportedly threatened to boycott the Copa America till solely days earlier than they began their title protection on June 13. They printed a letter earlier than the match saying they have been “in opposition to the group” of the competitors, however “won’t ever say no to the nationwide crew.” Tite publicly mentioned he and his assistants agreed.
Later some gamers, resembling midfielder Everton Ribeiro, talked about considerations concerning the nation’s alarming COVID-19 figures, which now whole greater than 510,000 deaths.
Alfaro, who coached Argentinian giants Boca Juniors and San Lorenzo earlier than his job at Ecuador, confirmed throughout his information convention that he’d praised Tite throughout their post-match dialog.
“I love Tite so much, I believe he’s a genius. For us coaches he’s a job mannequin for his dedication, his battle,” Alfaro mentioned.
“He might be world champion and, truthfully, I would really like coaches like that to have their reward.
“That’s the way you consolidate the battle of people that dignify the career, who’ve a transparent and concrete sense to defend the rules of their gamers. I would like coaches and other people like that to succeed.”
Requested about Alfaro’s feedback, Tite mentioned he wouldn’t reveal them for they have been “intimate feedback.” Then he praised Ecuador’s competitiveness and honest play.
“Nationwide crew coaches are influencers. They’re centered, educated. If CONMEBOL agreed, they might give necessary opinions so the competitors improves,” Tite mentioned.
“The respect is reciprocal not just for the outcomes, but additionally due to how each conducts himself. All coaches have this attribute of respect, of dignifying the career.”
Tite was two years into the Brazil job when his crew was eradicated within the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup by Belgium.
Brazil now leads South American World Cup qualifiers for the 2022 match in Qatar and is the favourite to defend its Copa America title.