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Five-time champions Brazil got to see both sides of the coin in just three days. They went into their quarter-final match against Croatia on the heels of a 4-1 win over South Korea, but then they lost to the 2018 runners-up, which ended their quest for the Hexa.
Tite, the coach of Brazil, quit after the team lost in the quarterfinals.The 61-year-old was happy for his team when they beat South Korea, but he had to deal with the disappointment of losing on penalties to Zlatko Dalic’s Croatia.
Even though the end was disappointing, Brazil’s star player Neymar only had good things to say about his national team coach. The number 10 for the Selecao took to Instagram to send an emotional open letter expressing his gratitude to the Brazilian coach.
“Before we met in person, we played a lot against and can I tell you? I thought you were really annoying! Because you put together a team to tag me, you would do everything to beat me and you still spoke ill of me. But destiny is funny, huh?
“I knew you as a coach and I already knew you were very good but as a person, you are MUCH BETTER! You met me and you know who I am and that’s what matters to me….
“I come here to openly thank you for everything, all the teachings you’ve given us… and there were so many. You will always be one of the best coaches I’ve ever had or will have, I will always hype you up.”
“We had beautiful moments but we also had moments that hurt us a lot and the latter will hurt us for a long time. You deserved to be crowned with this cup,” he added. “We all deserved it for everything we did and for everything we gave up to try to achieve our biggest dream. But God didn’t want it that way, patience. God has given us EVERYTHING!
“Thank you professor Tite, for all the learnings.. and if there is a phrase that I will never forget is “MENTALLY STRONG” and we will have to be VERY at this moment! A big hug and THANK YOU,” he wrote on Instagram.