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Brazil boss Tite speaks about Jesus’ injury, South Korea clash and confirms Neymar’s return

Brazil manager Tite spoke in the press conference ahead of their clash against South Korea. Here’s what he has to say.


Tite dispels fake news around Jesus’s injury

On Sunday afternoon, Tite, the head coach of Brazil, criticised the media for disseminating “evil lies” on the physical condition of Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus.

When asked if Jesus had a knee problem before the World Cup during his pre-game news conference, Tite responded, “Thank you very much for your inquiry because I don’t enjoy hearing lies out there, horrible lies.”

“Those are the individuals who desire to harm others. We never, ever play for victory at the expense or danger of a player.”

“So that’s the name of the liar who exists because that’s what we call them. Haters who continue to spew hate should find something better to do and quit spreading lies.”

“We have a terrific medical department, and we are responsible. Arsenal has an excellent medical department. If we were morally and individually accountable, it would never have happened. This is something I wanted to avoid. It is unfortunate.”

Cesar Sampaio, Tite’s assistant coach, continued, “Yes, that’s important for us to be clear because Tite and (technical director) Juninho were specifically visiting Arsenal (in August), and at no point where we made aware, not only them but as medical staff and I reiterate what Tite said: we will never put health at risk for any result.”

Tite on South Korea clash: We have to be careful

According to Brazil manager Tite, the South Korean matchup in the Round of 16 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be “different” from the 5-1 friendly thrashing in Seoul earlier this year. His squad must be “extremely careful” to avoid suffering a giant killing.

“Portugal lost to South Korea, France to Tunisia, Argentina to Saudi Arabia… Nobody won all three games. The outcomes speak for themselves.”

“I don’t believe that any prior circumstance makes it easier because they are both solid, demanding matches. We must exercise extreme caution.”

“I know many things have changed since the friendly game (in June). We’ll consider the guys we’ll field against Korea.”


Tite suggests Neymar will return for the South Korea clash

After head coach Tite announced that Neymar was available to return and would play in the match, Brazil received a significant boost ahead of their World Cup last-16 matchup with South Korea.

The PSG forward sustained an ankle injury during the opening matchday victory over Serbia, missing the Selecao’s next two group games.

However, Tite hinted that Neymar would be available to play South Korea on Monday during a press conference on Sunday.

Neymar will work out this afternoon, and if everything goes well, he’ll play tomorrow. The others 10, you don’t know who they are.”

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