In the preview of the quarter-final clash between Brazil and Croatia (this Friday, from 12 -Argentina time-) at the Qatar 2022 World Cup, titusthe coach of Verdeamarela, referred to the repercussions generated by the “pigeon” dance with his players after Richarlison’s goal in the 4-1 win against South Korea.
“It’s Brazilian culture when you score a goal. And we will never be disrespectful. We will continue to get our way because we are not disrespecting anyone.”assured the coach during the press conference, who assured that it is possible that he will still dance to celebrate a goal by Brazil.
“It’s also for me a connection with a young generation, kids who could also be my grandchildren. It’s not my profile that appears in the photos, that of the athletes, not the coaching staff. But I want to participate in the joy. I have a bond with them, so if I have to dance, I dance. But without showing off, that’s why I asked to be covered. But I know you need to train more, your neck is stiff…”, added Tite, showing a new fun facet and making clear the relaxed atmosphere that reigns in Brazil a few hours before the match.
And he underlined: “We have to adapt to the characteristics of the group of athletes. We have to adapt to their language, which is dancing, playing. Learning her dance is hard, it’s hard.”
Then, the former Corinthians manager recounted how the idea of joining the celebratory ball came about: “We were playing, I don’t know what happened with Richarlison, and I’m like, ‘What about that dance? If you score a goal, you can come and I’ll dance.'”
Finally, Tite rejected inquiries received about the celebration, which, for example, ex-Manchester United player Roy Keane described as “disrespectful to his rival”.
“I am very careful with those who are mean, who interpret it as a lack of respect. I know about visibility, I didn’t want them to have any other interpretation than in the sense of joy for the goal, for the team, for the performance, for the result”, clarified the coach, who would put Alisson Becker on the field; der Militao, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and Danilo; Lucas Paquetá and Casemiro; Raphinha, Neymar, Vinícius Júnior; richarison.
Croatia’s position against Brazil’s dance
For his part, Croatian central scorer Dejan Lovren referred to the Brazilians’ celebrations which have generated controversy and debate among the fans. “Dancing after a goal? They can do whatever they want. I don’t see any disrespect in that.”condemned Lovren, the undisputed starter in the back of Zlatko Dalić’s side, who have just left Japan on penalties away.
However, despite noting that “I know how Brazilians breathe and I don’t see anything negative about it”, the current Zenit and former Liverpool player planted a flag before the duel and left a warning: “Everything has its limit…”.
Croatia would form with: Dominik Livakovic; Josip Juranovic, Dejan Lovren, Josko Gvardiol and Borna Barisic; Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic and Mateo Kovacic; Andrej Kramaric, Bruno Petkovic and Ivan Perisic.
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