Tite backs Brazil to grow in knock-out phase

Moscow: Tite insists Brazil can cope with being installed as World Cup favourites, following Germany’s shock exit, with the Selecao boss backing his side to grow in the knock-out stages at Russia 2018.
Brazil sealed a 2-0 win over Serbia in Moscow on Wednesday with goals either side of half-time by Paulinho and Thiago Silva to set up a last 16 clash against Mexico on Tuesday in Samara.
With Germany having failing to advanced past the first round for the first time in 80 years, Brazil are now installed with many bookmakers as they favourite to win the World Cup.
Tite expects his side to grow in the knock-out stages having finished as Group E winners.
“We can take the pressure, we are a balanced team and we have replacement who can come in, which is important,” said the Brazil’s head coach Tite. “For example, Marcelo was injured early on and we were able to replace him.
“For us, this is about getting stronger and growing.
“We embrace expectations, but this team has created a high level because they did very well in the qualifications, but then you come to the World Cup — it’s a new cycle and a new format.
“We have had three matches and things are on the up.” Tite said he suffers with an embarrassment of riches and that one of the hardest parts of his job is deciding who to leave out, having brought on Manchester City star Fernandinho in the second half and left Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino on the bench in Moscow.
“It’s one of the things which drains me the most as a coach is to leave top quality out,” he said. — AFP