Tite not drawn on Brazil future after World Cup exit

After his team’s World Cup exit, the head coach was unwilling to discuss his future in charge of the Selecao

Brazil coach Tite refused to be drawn on his future after his team’s surprise loss to Belgium in the World Cup quarter-finals Friday .

Favourites to win the tournament heading into the encounter, Brazil bowed out after a Fernandinho own goal and Kevin De Bruyne strike helped Belgium to a 2-1 win in Kazan.

Renato Augusto’s second-half header gave Tite’s men hope, but they were unable to find an equaliser.

Tite, who took over in June 2016 and led Brazil through an impressive qualifying campaign, said talks about his future would have to wait.

“I am not going to talk about the future. It’s not appropriate in a moment of a lot of excitement,” he told a news conference.

“I’m still with the match, I’m not thinking about the future like that. I can’t answer that question.”

Brazil had their opportunities against Belgium, but the likes of Neymar and Philippe Coutinho were unable to inspire a comeback.

Tite said his team’s opponents were simply more effective, while praising Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

“The effectiveness is that: translating the opportunities into goals and scoring,” he said.

“[Belgium] had a goalkeeper who really made a difference. Out of the 20-something [shots we had] we were on target quite a few times.

“But I want to talk about the quality and talk about these figures [as] something that can be translated into something that can be understandable.”

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