Tite’s Future Hangs in the Balance Following Brazil’s World Cup Exit
Brazil began the 2018 World Cup as narrow favourites in the outright market but they crashed out in the quarter-finals at the hands of Belgium. The 2002-winners fell behind to an own goal in the first half before a moment of magic from Kevin de Bruyne doubled their lead. Renato Augusto’s consolation set up a grandstand finish but Brazil couldn’t find a way through with Thibaut Courtois denying Neymar with a flying injury-time save.
It was a disappointing end to their 2018 World Cup campaign and despite a hugely successful qualifying campaign, fans are understandably frustrated. Brazil can be considered unlucky to have not taken the game into extra time and they will exit the competition with their heads held high. They’d only conceded once prior to their game against Belgium and they look well-equipped for a tilt at the 2019 Copa America.
Tite told reporters that it was “too early” to make a decision on his future but he has plenty of ponder over the next couple of weeks. He’s been in charge since June 2016, taking over from Dunga and brought some much needed organisation to proceedings. The players have clearly responded to his methods.
He has developed a reputation for being calm and measured in his approach and is tactically astute. He has made a number of key substitutions throughout the tournament and his side are always quick to close down space and prevent the opposition from shooting. Tite also enjoys a good relationship with the media and is rarely seen pedalling the usual cliches or excuses.
Brazil’s conquerors Belgium are now second favourites for World Cup 2018 success and they can be backed at 5/2 with 888Sport. Roberto Martinez’s side must overcome France in the semi-final with Les Bleus installed as the 2/1 favourites to pick up their second World Cup title and put their Euro 2016 disappointment behind them.
Brazil’s Defeat Highlights the Importance of Casemiro
Belgium should be congratulated on their victory over Brazil but the Red Devils were clinging on at the end and needed the woodwork and Thibaut Courtois to come to their rescue. Brazil had been defensively robust prior to their quarter-final meeting and the notable absence of Casemiro is just one of the reasons for their premature exit from the competition.
The holding midfielder shields the back four expertly but missed the game through suspension and that left Joao Miranda and Thiago Silva exposed. The 26-year old does the dirty work and doesn’t always catch the eye but his industrious nature is imperative to the way Brazil play. Fernandinho is also a defensive-minded player but he doesn’t get through as much work as Casemiro and his presence was sorely missed against a potent Belgium outfit.