Brazil head coach Tite believes the nation’s embarrassing 7-1 World Cup defeat to Germany has proved a useful learning tool.
The footballing world was shell-shocked as Joachim Low’s side routed the hosts in the 2014 semi-final, before going on to lift the trophy by defeating Argentina.
The nature of that humiliation has left its mark on Brazil, with the game still cropping up in media conferences over two years after the event.
Luiz Felipe Scolari was the man in charge at the time, making way for Dunga after the tournament, with Tite then succeeding him earlier this year.
Ahead of Brazil’s World Cup qualifier with Bolivia, Tite acknowledges the Germany loss was a painful experience but implored the nation to use it as motivation to succeed and look to the future.
“It is part of the history, nobody is running from it,” he said. “The 7-1 happened, we were beaten. But there are stages, and this time belongs to the work we are doing in our quest to qualify for a World Cup, and we all know how difficult and important it is.
“In parts, all of us were beaten in the 7-1. I also lose, with an equal degree of responsibility. And with the due respect, Brazilian media also lost. Brazilian fans also were beaten. The Brazilian director also lost. All the other athletes also lost.
“You know, life goes on. We are trying to get better. The 7-1 was useful for Brazilian managers. I was touched. This has affected our personal pride. You think, ‘Man, things can’t be like this’ – and other people thought this way too.
“So we are trying to do work together so that we can grow. We listen to the comments you make in the press, and try to see how they can relate more to all our efforts and not just the final result. Don’t think that the players don’t listen to it -they do! We do.
“And when it is made with a real, balanced analysis, we can even disagree with it but if it has a beginning, a middle and an end, we say, ‘OK, let’s think about it, perhaps this can be useful for us’.
“And it’s not that we are against somebody, we’re not against anybody, but let’s try to move on.”
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