Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar was the top performer for the Brazilian national team in its recent 5-0 win against Bolivia. The performance from Neymar and Brazil was far from a surprise as the Selecao’s attack constantly overwhelmed the defensive backline of Bolivia throughout the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying contest.
For Tite, he was thoroughly impressed with Neymar’s performance. The forward had his way against Bolivia with two assists and 18 dribbles completed. Tite has watched Neymar develop in his game for club and country, so this on-ball showcase is simply what the Brazilian manager now expects to see out of the forward on a regular game-by-game basis. Tite spoke further about Neymar and his performance against Bolivia during a recent press conference (via Globo Esporte) ahead of Brazil’s key fixture against Peru.
“Neymar is a man, he is no longer a boy and he has developed that maturity,” Tite said. “This situation is increasingly evolving, which makes me very happy. In technical and tactical terms, he is not just a forward now. He developed this, as happened in the game (against Bolivia) of giving two assists, having the penultimate ball, breaking the mark.
“Regarding the technical part, this greater freedom, to float to be a player of articulation, to be sharp, flank, on the side, this also favors. This adaptation is even by PSG, who had been working in this way. We have to have the sensitivity to be able to work this space for what he has been doing in his club.”
Tite also confirmed that Neymar has been regularly training with the team as of late. So, the PSG forward is expected to start against Peru this week.
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