Brazil coach Tite has said that it’s the end of a cycle, after stepping down from his position following the Brazillians shock exit. The South Americans were seen as tournament favourites but the failure to progress has seen the popular figure ending his reign.
Their journey ended in dramatic fashion as they succumbed to a 4-2 penalty shootout defeat to Croatia in the quarterfinals, sending them home.
Despite Neymar’s well-crafted extra-time goal, it wasn’t meant to be as the checked European side equalised through Bruno Petkovic.
Brazil have gone now 20 years without securing a World Cup, and Tite will be stepping aside after six years at the helm of the five-time world cup champions.
“A painful defeat, but I’m at peace with myself. It’s the end of my cycle,” said Tite.
“I already decided this over a year and a half ago. I’m not a two-faced guy. I wasn’t planing to win and then making drama to stay, anybody who knows me knows that.
“It was a whole process. Before, it was a recovery process, but now it had a whole sequel.
“The pain, however human, I may have… the emotions are high. I’m not able to evaluate all the work carried out. Over time, you will make this assessment, I don’t have that ability now after an elimination.”