Brazil manager Tite accepts it was inevitable that the supporters would jeer at his team given their dull Copa America opener.
Following a lacklustre first-half display in Sao Paulo, Brazil supporters openly booed the national team on Friday night. The tense atmosphere set-up an otherwise dull start to the hosts’ Copa America campaign.
Although Philippe Coutinho’s quick-fire double and Everton Soares’ late strike ensured Brazil a 3-0 victory over Bolivia in their Group A opener.
It was the Selecao’s 100th victory in the competition. However, there was simply no getting away from that poor opening half.
“We felt it! Young lads feel it. The coach feels it,” said Tite, according to AOL.
“Having been at big clubs, when you sometimes don’t produce, then don’t expect the fans to understand. They will boo.
“When you pass the ball along the back, from full back to central defender to goalkeeper, the first thing you hear is BOOOOOOO!
“We need to understand. If we get forward and create chances then they will applaud.”
The pressure is on Brazil to win a ninth Copa America crown on home soil and erase the memory of their group stage in 2016.
Next up for Tite’s men will be Venezuela in Bahia, which is where captain Dani Alves hails from.
“This is normal in Sao Paulo, there are lot of fans of clubs so it’s always complicated playing here, but we showed personality,” Alves said.
“There was even a moment when Tite shouted and you could hear it out on the pitch.
“It’s different in Bahia. People miss the Brazil team, and the energy that we bring. For sure, things will be more animated than here.”