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USA: Neymar to return for Brazil-Colombia clash - Tite

United States, Miami
September 05, 2019 at 23:37 GMT +00:00 · Published

Brazil head coach Tite confirmed that Neymar would return for Friday's friendly against Colombia. He made the comments at a press conference in Miami on Thursday.

Tite noted that Neymar "is ready to play" and "in the condition to do what the team needs," adding that "we are not going to give up on a talent like him."

"Do you know about the team's performance with or without Neymar? Exactly the same. The whole team grew stronger [given] this fact. But at the same time, Neymar is indispensable to this team," said Tite.

Neymar has not played since he suffered an ankle injury in a friendly against Qatar, which ruled him out of the Copa America. The Brazil team still went on to win the tournament, their first Copa America since 2007, without the talisman.

Speculation around Neymar's future had been rife this summer, with rumours that the former Barcelona star was set to return to Catalonia in a mega-deal after a falling out with the Paris Saint Germain hierarchy.

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Brazil head coach Tite confirmed that Neymar would return for Friday's friendly against Colombia. He made the comments at a press conference in Miami on Thursday.

Tite noted that Neymar "is ready to play" and "in the condition to do what the team needs," adding that "we are not going to give up on a talent like him."

"Do you know about the team's performance with or without Neymar? Exactly the same. The whole team grew stronger [given] this fact. But at the same time, Neymar is indispensable to this team," said Tite.

Neymar has not played since he suffered an ankle injury in a friendly against Qatar, which ruled him out of the Copa America. The Brazil team still went on to win the tournament, their first Copa America since 2007, without the talisman.

Speculation around Neymar's future had been rife this summer, with rumours that the former Barcelona star was set to return to Catalonia in a mega-deal after a falling out with the Paris Saint Germain hierarchy.

W/S Brazil head coach Tite entering press conference room, Miami

M/S Tite sitting down

W/S Tite at press conference

M/S Tite at press conference

SOT, Tite, Brazil head coach (Portuguese): "In my opinion, Neymar is among the top three players in the world. In terms of the individual skill, I would place Messi and Ronaldo at the top, but there is another generation now. Neymar and Hazard are two extraordinary players, but Neymar has an advantage. He can think at the same speed as Hazard but execute even faster. Under normal circumstances, he is unstoppable. His technical skill and capacity to improvise are huge."

W/S Tite at press conference *CUTAWAY*

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SOT, Tite, Brazil head coach (Portuguese): "We requested a lot of information from the PSG about his physical condition, his technique and his clinical records. We received confirmation from the team, the training and his coach that he is ready to play. He is ready and in the condition to do what the team needs, so we are not going to give up on a talent like him."

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M/S Tite at press conference *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Tite, Brazil head coach (Portuguese): "As a national team, we have to focus on his comeback to play with the squad. All the other issues regarding his situation right now, we don't have any control over it. What we can control is to get him to his full potential in the team. We are giving him an opportunity to grow."

W/S Tite at press conference *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Tite, Brazil head coach (Portuguese): "Do you know about the team's performance with or without Neymar? Exactly the same. The whole team grew stronger [given] this fact. But at the same time, Neymar is indispensable to this team. Fifty per cent of the Brazil goals when Neymar is playing are either scored by him or are a result of his assists. Moral of the story is, the team needs the individual talent of the great athlete, and the great athlete needs the team."

W/S Press conference

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