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Tite admits Brazil are in a bad patch of form

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Tite confessed his struggles to extract everything from his Brazil squad after Thursday’s 1-1 draw against Senegal extended their winless run to three games.

Ever since leading Brazil to their first Copa America title in 12 years in the summer, Tite has now overseen two draws and one defeat in the national team’s last three matches following the draw with Senegal.

Although things at one point in Singapore looked like that might’ve ended after Gabriel Jesus set-up Roberto Firmino’s ninth-minute opener. It capped off a strong start for the Selecao, who regularly threatened the Senegal defence.

Aliou Cisse’s men, however, began to fight their way back into contention after a short break in the first-half. Their efforts were ultimately awarded when Marquinhos brought down Sadio Mane in the area, with Famara Diedhiou firing home an equaliser from the spot.

And the humid conditions eventually began to derail Brazil’s attempts to restore their lead, with Neymar and Jesus both missing chances. However, they were able to escape with a draw after Mane struck the post five minutes from time.

“We were below what we can do. The squad played less than what it can play,” head coach Tite told reporters in Singapore.

“It was less competitive than what it can be. The squad can give more than this. This wasn’t a good game.

“We need to get results. When we don’t, criticism emerges and I have to be mature enough to absorb it.”

Neymar reached a personal milestone in the game by becoming only the seventh player to history to win 100 caps for Brazil.

Ultimately, though, the Paris Saint-Germain forward couldn’t move level with Ronaldo Nazario on 62 goals international goals after a rather subdued outing alongside Firmino in a 4-4-2 formation.

“He is getting back to his normal patterns,” Tite said on Neymar.

“We are also making adjustments for him in the 4-4-2 system, as we’re doing within the whole team.”

Defender Thiago Silva, meanwhile, also confessed Brazil’s recent bad patch of form has left him worried.

The Copa America champions will next face Nigeria at the same venue on Sunday for one final friendly.

Neymar, Brazil, Senegal
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 10: Neymar Jr of Brazil and Lamine Gassama of Senegal in action.