Brazil boss Tite pleased to have ‘big character’ Neymar as captain
‘He’s a big character and on the field he’s a leader’: Brazil boss Tite pleased to have Neymar back as captain as he urges PSG star to show he is ‘human’
- Neymar has taken the captain’s armband for Brazil after giving it up back in 2016
- Brazil manager Tite says he is pleased to have the PSG superstar as his skipper
- Tite has revealed he told Neymar that it is important to show that he is ‘human’
- Cameroon boss Clarence Seedorf passes the armband around his dressing room
Neymar is slowly maturing into the role of Brazil’s captain, according to manager Tite, who has been encouraging the Paris Saint-Germain superstar to engage more with the public.
The captain’s armband was passed around the dressing room during this year’s World Cup with various senior players chosen to lead out the team in different games as they reached the quarter-finals before losing to Belgium.
After the tournament in Russia, Tite decided it was time for Neymar to return to the role on a permanent basis in the build-up to the Copa America in Brazil next year.
Neymar trains with his Brazil team-mates at Stadium MK ahead of the game against Cameroon
The PSG superstar wrapped up warm in a hat and snood as Brazil trained on Monday evening
NEYMAR FOR BRAZIL
Honours: Confederations Cup 2013
He stressed it was a responsibility and not a gift for the team’s biggest star and one of the things the coach demanded was more openness from the 26-year-old PSG striker.
‘I am happy with how things have turned out,’ said Tite when asked about the captaincy ahead of a friendly on Tuesday against Cameroon in Milton Keynes. ‘In the dressing room he is a big character and on the field he is a leader.’
It is his second spell as Brazil’s captain. He was named as skipper after the World Cup in 2014 by Dunga, and he led the team through the Copa America in 2015 and to gold in the Olympic Games in Rio. He stood down after the Olympics following criticism of his conduct on and off the field from former players.
Neymar, who is now back as Brazil’s full-time captain, laughs with team-mate Filipe Luis
The former Barcelona forward did a press conference alongside son Davi in London last week
Hidden beneath hat, snood and gloves, Neymar was not the model of transparency as he trained in the stadium:mk on Monday. Although, last week, he brought his seven-year-old son Davi along to a press conference, ahead the friendly against Uruguay, in London.
‘He did the press conference with his son to show he is human,’ said Tite. ‘I have told him this is important when you are captain. I think it has been a success so far.’
Cameroon manager Clarence Seedorf has adopted the policy of passing the captain’s armband around the squad and his team will be led out against Brazil by Brighton defender Gaeten Bong.
Brazil boss Tite says he is pleased Neymar has the armband after passing it around his squad
‘I understand the importance given to the captaincy band by everyone in Cameroon,’ said Seedorf. ‘But it was a bit too much exaggerated and it was a heavy load for any player to captain.
‘It is important, of course, and I wanted to show all the players they are important. There is more than one player in the team. More than one player who can decide everything.
‘We think there are a lot of leaders in the group and we want them all to represent our spirit. We need them all to be competitive. Not one or two players.’
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