Brazil head coach Tite admitted Neymar has not been at his best during the World Cup but defended the star’s performances, saying he has been “participating collectively”.
The 26-year-old was widely criticised for his theatrical reaction when he claimed that Mexico’s Miguel Layun stood on his ankle in Brazil’s 2-0 last-16 victory, but Tite previously said he supported Neymar’s view of the incident.
He reiterated his stance in blunt terms ahead of Brazil’s q
“The medical team know the price he paid to come to this point, also the physician. They know what he had to do to get here, in a sequence of matches.
“I knew, time allows you that [recovery]. It was a natural situation, he was faster than expected because he’s a great player, he resumed his work quickly.”