Brazil coach Tite has suggested that Neymar has a greater impact on Selecao games than Paris Saint-Germain because at the international level the team serves him more.
Neymar was in good form as Brazil thrashed South Korea 5-1 in a friendly on Thursday, with the PSG star scoring two penalties.
But that was just the iceberg’s perception of his performance, as he pulled the strings and showed Brazil the greatest creativity. His eight key worlds were more than twice as many as anyone else on the field, as South Korea failed to deal with him.
Neymar’s display in Seoul may be seen by some as his departure from PSG this quarter, and the Ligue 1 champions are clearly determined to let him go. Tite thinks he can give an explanation of why Neymar might seem so important in Brazil.
“Neymar is a bow and arrow, depending on the circumstances of the game,” Tite told reporters. “You have that ability.
“At PSG, he often plays even a little deeper than Messi and Mbappe. Not here, he’s a great arrow.
“He gets a lot of awards. The team is working on making this clear to him, this is the wisdom in this. We have a very supportive team.”
Thursday’s result was good as Brazil created plenty of chances against the home side. Another impressive feature of Tite is its durability despite its adaptability to time zones.
“The Brazilian team was at a [certain] level of play in our recent games,” he continued.
“Doing this far from home – in a different place, with our own clock, and time – is difficult.
“I had to drink a lot of coffee, and if you are not in a good mood, it is difficult to do that at this level of performance.
“I liked not only those who played in the starting XI, but also those who came in, especially the players who came later and brought that level of play.
“I’m talking about ‘quick legs.’
Brazil will stay in the region in a friendly match against Japan on Monday in Tokyo.