Brazil Coach Tite seeks to End Three-game winless run against Nigeria

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SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - OCTOBER 10: Neymar Jr of Brazil is challenged by Salif Sane of Senegal during the international friendly match between Brazil and Senegal at the Singapore National Stadium on October 10, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Lionel Ng/Getty Images)

Brazil’s Coach Tite has called on his players to step up and deliver a good performance when they face Nigeria in Sunday’s international friendly at the Kallang National stadium.

Brazil were forced to a 1-1 draw by Senegal, Thursday, to stretch their winless run to a third match.

 

Famara Diedhiou scored from the penalty spot late in the first half to cancel out Roberto Firmino’s ninth-minute opener at the Singapore National Stadium.

 

Brazil are now on their longest run without a win since 2013, after drawing 2-2 with Colombia and lost 1-0 to Peru in last month’s friendlies.

 

Tite was critical of his players after the game and asked them to give more on the pitch in their next game.

 

“We were below what we can do. The squad played less than what it can play,” Tite said at his post-match news conference.

 

“It was less competitive than what it can be. The squad can give more than this. This wasn’t a good game.

 

“We need to get results. When we don’t, criticism emerges and I have to be mature enough to absorb it.”

 

Neymar became the youngest player to earn 100th cap for Brazil, but the player struggled to impose himself on the game. Tite admitted the 27-year-old is still far from being 100% having missed a few months through injury and transfer drama.

 

“He is getting back to his normal patterns,” he said.

 

“We are also making adjustments for him in the 4-4-2 system, as we’re doing within the whole team.”

 

Brazil return to action on Sunday with a friendly at the same ground against Nigeria on Sunday.

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