Tite admitted he is struggling to get the most out of his players after Brazil’s winless streak stretched to a third match with Thursday’s 1-1 draw against Senegal.
Famara Diedhiou scored a penalty late in the first half of the friendly international to cancel out Roberto Firmino’s ninth-minute opener at the Singapore National Stadium.
Brazil drew 2-2 with Colombia and lost 1-0 to Peru in last month’s friendlies and are on their longest wait for a victory since 2013.
The Copa America champions nearly fell to back-to-back losses as Sadio Mane struck the post for Senegal, leaving coach Tite to accept the criticism aimed his way.
Imagens da partida da #SelecaoBrasileira nesta manha de quinta! Firmino marcou o gol do Brasil na partida.
Time volta a campo no domingo, dia 13, para enfrentar a Nigéria.
— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) October 10, 2019
“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.”
Tite used a 4-4-2 formation in Singapore, with Neymar starting alongside Firmino in attack.
Neymar earned his 100th cap for Brazil and almost marked the landmark appearance with a goal, only for Alfred Gomis to keep out his effort in first-half stoppage time.
Asked about the Paris Saint-Germain forward’s performance, Tite said: “He is getting back to his normal patterns.
“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 against Nigeria at the same ground.
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