Brazil national team trains without shin pads: “the bug catches” but the strategy works – Brazil

Brazil national team trains without shin pads: “the bug catches” but the strategy works – Brazil
Brazil national team trains without shin pads: “the bug catches” but the strategy works – Brazil

Although there are even some tougher entries – as happened with Dani Alves on Pedro and Raphinha – the truth is that the players of the Brazilian national team do not wear shin guards in training. The ‘strategy’ has been used by Tite since 2015, when the current Brazil coach was Corinthians coach. The idea is to reduce the number of yellow and red cards in the team. At that time, at Timão, Tite saw three players sent off in the first games of the season and, when he was eliminated from Libertadores, the team already had 8 reds.

So the coach remembered to prohibit the use of shin guards in training, to have more loyalty in disputes. “If they behave like this with their opponents, I want to see them do the same with their colleagues! I didn’t know what was going to happen, but then I saw that things changed. It’s the meaning of ‘competing strong, loyal, but on the ball'”, said Tite in 2018, quoted by ESPN Brasil.

Marquinhos, who curiously worked with Tite at Corinthians, confirmed: “The bug catches up in training. But it’s all 100 percent loyal. Since the time of Corinthians, in Europe, we train like this. This gives us the awareness of being loyal” , explained the PSG defender.

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