Is Brazil a better team without Neymar?

By July 08, 2019
Leighton Levy

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    Jamaica Reggae Boyz assistant coach Jerome Waite believes the team was guilty of underrating its opposition in an uninspiring 2-0 win over lesser-ranked Aruba in Nation’s League action at the National Stadium on Saturday.

    In the end, the Jamaicans scraped out a win courtesy of goals from Devon Williams and Shamar Nicholson but much more had been expected with approximately 129 places between the teams in the rankings.  It was the second time the Jamaicans faced the inhabitants of the tiny island, with a population of somewhere in the region of 106,314. 

    Visibly annoyed spectators at the Jamaica National Stadium, galled by the home team’s misplaced passes and sloppy turnovers, clearly expected a result similar to the 6-0 beating administered to the visitors during a 1997 Caribbean Cup fixture.

    “We won 2-0 and it could have been better, but we looked a little lacklustre,” Waite said following the match.

    “One of the things that I believe contributed to that is that the opposition didn’t seem to have much to offer, so we went into a super-slow gear.  It’s not what we are capable of doing and when we play better opposition we have a tendency to rise to the occasion,” he added.

    “Despite that, we have to understand that it’s a job and it’s our duty to continue doing what we need to do, which is to play our best at all times,” he added.

     

     

     

  • Neymar was not a pre-match injury risk, insists Tite Neymar was not a pre-match injury risk, insists Tite

    Brazil coach Tite is adamant Neymar had shown no sign of injury before Sunday's 1-1 friendly draw with Nigeria, in which the forward was withdrawn after 12 minutes due to leg discomfort.

    Neymar was named in Brazil's starting XI for the friendly in Singapore but appeared to reach for the back of his left leg as he made an early exit.

    He was then seen in conversation with a member of Brazil's staff on the bench, though Neymar did not look to be in significant pain.

    Nevertheless, given the injury problems the forward has sustained in the last two years, Tite was asked after the game if he had taken a risk by playing him.

    Tite was unequivocal in his response, insisting the Paris Saint-Germain star would not have played had there been any doubt over his fitness.

    "No, not at all," Tite replied when asked if Neymar was at risk before the game.

    "It would be irresponsible and incompetent of me [to play him if he was a doubt]. I would have to receive the complaints of the coach and the president of PSG if that happened."

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  • Tite ekes positives out of Brazil's draw against Nigeria Tite ekes positives out of Brazil's draw against Nigeria

    Tite commended Brazil's second-half improvement against Nigeria despite being left with a disappointing 1-1 draw and four-match winless streak from Sunday's friendly in Singapore.

    Casemiro's scrambled equaliser three minutes into the second half earned the Selecao a share of the spoils following Joe Aribo's opener.

    The Copa America winners had already suffered one blow prior to falling behind, losing star forward Neymar to a suspected hamstring problem in the 12th minute.

    His replacement, Philippe Coutinho, squandered a late chance and Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro rattled the crossbar with a header as Brazil failed to improve on the 1-1 draw they registered against Senegal on Thursday.

    "The result was insufficient," Tite told reporters at the National Stadium.

    "In terms of results, the Brazilian team always wants to win and seeks to win.

    "But especially in the second half, we had a great performance. We had ball possession and creativity.

    "It's no use having possession of the ball without creating, but we did. It was not effective [enough] to score."

    Though the superior side after a sloppy first half, Brazil have now failed to overcome any of Colombia, Peru, Senegal and Nigeria since being crowned South American champions on home soil in July.

    Tite's men would have had less work to do had defender Marquinhos made a better effort to block Rangers midfielder Aribo's path to goal in the 35th minute.

    The Paris Saint-Germain centre-back put the onus on the entire team to break free of their funk.

    "As soon as possible we need to rediscover our game pattern," Marquinhos said.

    "We have conceded goals in each of these four games. We have to improve collectively, then the individual [personalities] will appear."

    Brazil face bitter rivals Argentina in Riyadh on November 15 before rounding out their 2019 schedule with a friendly against South Korea in Abu Dhabi four days later.

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