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Tite gives his verdict on Neymar & Firmino after Brazil’s win

Neymar, Roberto Firmino, Brazil
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Tite gave his views on Neymar and Roberto Firmino’s contributions towards Brazil’s 5-0 thrashing of Bolivia in a World Cup qualifier.

Brazil began their qualification campaign for the 2022 World Cup in style by making simple work of Bolivia in Sao Paulo.

Firmino silenced his Liverpool doubters by scoring twice after Marquinhos broke the deadlock. An own goal from Jose Carrasco, along with Philippe Coutinho’s effort, sealed the hosts a convincing 5-0 victory.

And while Neymar didn’t get on the scoresheet himself, the Paris Saint-Germain star was an influential part of the squad throughout the match.

“We seek knowledge, strategies, [to play] with harmony,” said Tite as quoted on Diario AS.

“Neymar was looser, more central, with freedom of movement, as the opponent’s marking is more demanding.

“Coutinho played inside, with Firmino not far behind. He [Firmino] did not seek the ball so much, he waited for it more.

“He scored two and could have had two more. As the game requires, we may not change the function of the team, but adapt it to suit.”

Neymar and Firmino will likely return to action on Tuesday for Brazil’s next qualifier away to Peru.