Neymar is an “essential” member of the current Brazil squad, but he is not “irreplaceable”, according to Tite.
At the age of 28, Neymar has already amassed an impressive 101 caps for his country, while rising to third in the Selecao’s all-time top scorers list on 61 goals, behind Pele and Ronaldo.
The Paris Saint-Germain superstar has played in two World Cups for Brazil, helping them reach the semi-finals in 2014 and the last eight in 2018, but he has only ever won one trophy at international level – the 2013 Confederations Cup.
Tite is eager to point out that his team are able to cope without their star performer, but admits that the world’s most expensive player brings “unpredictability” which raises the “collective” standards within the group.
“Neymar reassures you, because he brings unpredictability to your game” the Brazil head coach told France Football.
“Because he will offer you an individual or collective solution that others cannot, and with him, the potential of a team is not the same, because he will sparkle. The Neymar I am speaking of is the one who was within full mental and physical capacities.
“Neymar is essential, but not irreplaceable.”
Source: News update