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Marquinhos hopes Tite remains as Brazil boss

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Marquinhos has made it clear the entire Brazil team want head coach Tite to stay amid talk he could leave after the Copa America final.

After 26 years of coaching clubs in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, Tite got the big job in 2016 when the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) named him as Dunga’s replacement as national team manager.

The former Corinthians boss’ appointment came following Brazil’s group-stage exit in the Copa America that year. They also suffered a humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany in front of their home fans during the 2014 World Cup semi-finals.

Under Tite, however, the Selecao have won 32 of their last 41 matches and reached the Copa America final this summer. Victory against Peru on Sunday will end the hosts’ 12-year wait for silverware and grant them a ninth title in the competition itself.

But Brazil’s preparations have been overshadowed by reports in the local media claiming that Tite is considering leaving. Apparently, the 58-year-old is upset by some recent changes in staff members.

The CBF quickly attempted to shut down these claims by insisting Tite will remain in charge of the national team. However, the rumours have persisted with Marquinhos being the latest one to comment on them.

“If the coach is unhappy he has not shown it to us,” said Marquinhos, according to Fox Sports.

“I’ve said it before, I’d like him to continue regardless of the outcome of the final, because he’s a great man, a great coach, and despite the World Cup elimination, the statistics are in his favour. They’re good.

“He has been doing a good job for Brazil, and he has the confidence and respect of the group.

“He is very human and has the affection of everyone.”

The Paris Saint-Germain defender, meanwhile, also spoke on the upcoming final against Peru at the Maracana.

Recent history heavily favours Brazil considering they’ve won five of their last six encounters against Peru. The last one, in fact, came in the Group A of this summer’s tournament, where Tite’s men cruised to a 5-0 win.

But Marquinhos and his team-mates have no intention of taking their foot off the gas against a Peru team that defeated holders Chile 3-0 in the semi-finals.

“We know it will be a difficult game, the other one is already in the past,” said the 25-year-old.

“In football, things change very fast and we will face Peru in a totally different situation. The final is always different to other games in the tournament.”

The Brazil and Peru Copa America final will begin at 22:00 (CET) on Sunday.

SALVADOR, BRAZIL – JUNE 18: Marquinhos of Brazil controls the ball during the Copa America Brazil 2019 group A match between Brazil and Venezuela at Arena Fonte Nova on June 18, 2019 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Felipe Oliveira/Getty Images)