Brazil manager Tite has given a long and very interesting interview to Rio de Janeiro newspaper O Globo on Thursday.
The national boss was very sincere about several aspects on his mistakes at the World Cup, and what is he trying to do to improve for upcoming tournaments.
One of the questions made by O Globo was specifically about the Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho. The player had a pretty bad performance in the quarter finals clash against Belgium, which included an own goal.
With fans adding it to his game against Germany in 2014, which was part of the 7-1 disaster in Belo Horizonte, Fernandinho ended up taking a lot of abuse on social media.
The player hasn’t returned to the national team since the World Cup, but Tite made sure to say that his wish is to call up Fernandinho again, and the player knows that.
“I wanted the first post-Cup called to be him,” Tite told O Globo. “To show that no one would cut heads. I didn’t do it to preserve his public image.
“There is a rotten, racist, derogatory side of which I am ashamed: it’s the social media, where behind the anonymity they attack wife, mother, for being black. I will not bow.
“In a pre-match press conference for the team, I said that I had called one part of the World Cup group at each call up and that the next one would come the ones that were missing, and that Fernandinho would be called.”
Tite clearly still feels Fernandinho is part of his plans going forward, and the manager supports the Manchester City player against some of the abuse he’s been getting over Brazil performances.