World Cup 2018: Coach Tite says anxiety hit Brazil hard vs Switzerland

first_imgBrazil coach Tite was not a happy man after his side started the FIFA World Cup 2018 campaign with a draw against Switzerland in Rostov-On-Don on Sunday.After their 1-1 draw in the Group E opener, coach Tite said Brazil’s stuttering performance stemmed from anxiety at playing their first World Cup game.The five-time champions opened the scoring on 20 minutes when Philippe Coutinho’s stunning strike went in off the far post but Steven Zuber levelled five minutes into the second half with a powerful header.Switzerland were well-organised throughout and Brazil created chances but failed to convert them as Neymar and his team mates lacked the guile to secure the win, becoming the latest of the tournament favourites to stumble.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEDefending champions Germany lost to Mexico on Sunday while Argentina were held by Iceland and Spain drew with Portugal, with only France of the fancied teams winning despite an under-par display against Australia.”Until we scored the goal there was a lot of pressure. There was a lot of anxiety, too much pressure and it translated into our way of playing, we were not precise enough,” Tite told a news conference.Mexico shock Germany, Swiss deny 5-time champions Brazil”We had some good, clean situations but could have been more precise. This kind of anxiety comes from the concern of playing a first game in a World Cup; even the coach is anxious.”As a result of those nerves, the Brazil defence were too passive when Zuber barely had to jump to head a corner home in the 50th minute, giving the Swiss a deserved point in a group also featuring Serbia and Costa Rica.advertisementWORLD CUP 2018 DAY 4 HIGHLIGHTSBrazil need to improve on dead balls, said Tite.”In a World Cup, about 45 per cent of the goals come from set pieces,” he explained.His assistant, Cleber, rued the team’s lack of killer instinct as Brazil enjoyed possession but too often lost the ball in or near the box.”The Swiss were more balanced than at the 2014 World Cup, they put some pressure on us and we created chances but were not efficient,” he said.Earthquake detected in Mexico after Lozano stuns GermanyTite concluded: “Of course I’m not happy with the result. We wanted a victory. But anxiety hit us hard.”Brazil’s next game is on Friday against Costa Rica, who lost 1-0 to Serbia in their opener.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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