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The magic of Brazil is back and it’s all thanks to coach Tite

Brazil is the only other team (aside from hosts, Russia) who are certain to play in the Russia 2018 World Cup. The Brazilians secured for themselves a World Cup berth with four qualifying games to spare. Clearly, Brazil has been the best team in the South American CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers and they deserve their ticket.

Since a managerial change in their race for a 2018 World Cup qualification place, the Seleção have been in some blistering form. They’ve taken maximum points from their last nine games; they’ve scored a staggering 25 goals in those games and conceded just twice. No team has scored against Brazil from open play in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers since that managerial change last year – the two goals they’ve conceded have come from an own goal and a penalty – they’ve been that good!

Last night, Brazil were again too hot to handle as they trounced Paraguay 3-nil to mathematically secure their place in next year’s FIFA World Cup. This Brazilian team really looks like world beaters now. They’ve absolutely annihilated every opponent set before them and yes, they deserve all the credit and the hype.

Tite to the rescue for Brazil

Brazil’s newfound success can be attributed to the tactical genius of one man – Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, popularly known as Tite! The 55-year-old Brazilian gaffer has absolutely revamped Brazil and brought back the soccer magic of the Samba boys that made them one of the most revered soccer teams in the world.

We’ve always known Brazil to be good at soccer – most people will argue that the game of soccer was invented by the South American nation. Whatever the truth is, Brazil is a team that always commands respect on the pitch. No team can boast of having won the World Cup more times than Brazil – even though they last won it in 2002.

However, the last four years have not been so rosy for Brazil (soccer-wise). They’ve experienced some fall from grace and have seen themselves being beaten by teams who they should normally walk over. In the 2014 World Cup, Brazil was humiliated 7-1 in the Semi-finals by Germany; in both the 2015 and 2016 Copa America competitions they were eliminated without much of a fight in the knockout stage and the group stage respectively.

They started their 2018 World Cup qualification in struggling fashion – they could only manage nine points from their first six games and everything looked gloom. However, Brazil fired Dunga and brought in Tite, last June, and things took a turn for the best.

Tite, who is well versed in the South American game having won the Copa Libertadores with Corinthians, has saved Brazil some blushes. He came in as Brazil manager with a working philosophy to get the best out of the big names players who are doing well and playing regular football for their clubs.

The likes of Douglas Costa, Willian, Hulk, Thiago Silva and even Chelsea’s David Luiz can’t seem to get into the Brazil squad anymore. Whereas youngsters like Gabriel Jesus, Marquinhos, Roberto Firmino and standing skipper, Neymar, are making things happen day in, day out for five-time World Cup winners.

The Brazil players laud Tite

Neymar, who has now scored 52 goals in 77 games for Brazil, attributes Brazil’s recent success to the adjustments made by coach Tite. Neymar was quoted as saying:

"We know this, we are humble enough to respect our adversaries, we have to play. Sometimes one part or the other didn't fit. But coach Tite arrived and made adjustments. We are playing football. Now everyone turns up”

Paris Saint-Germain defender, Marquinhos, who is an integral part of Tite-led Brazil, gives us an insight of how Tite manages to get the best out of every player in the Brazil squad. Marquinhos is quoted as saying:

He always maintains a good level. Tite is a coach who likes to keep his feet on the ground and who likes to have a team whose feet are on the ground as well”

“He is a coach who likes to know why he won. So for you to win you have to be humble and respect the opponent, and to be able to respect the opponent it's hard work.”

“It's giving your all on the pitch. It's having a good game and understanding why you won. So he looks to pass this on to the team.”

Tite has managed to bring back the mesmeric magic that makes the Brazilian soccer team so irresistible. If they continue like this, they could well win the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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