COPA AMÉRICA

Brazil: Tite cagey on quit talk as Copa América row rumbles on

Brazil may have recorded a fifth World Cup qualifying win out of five on Friday, but head coach Tite's future is uncertain amid a row over the Copa América.

Tite addresses Brazil quit talk as Copa America row rumbles on

Brazil head coach Tite gave no guarantees over his future as Seleção boss after his side beat Ecuador 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Friday.

Brazil was this week confirmed by CONMEBOL as the new host nation for the upcoming Copa América, which was postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Brazil squad unhappy country is hosting Copa América

The tournament was due to be staged in Colombia and Argentina, but was moved due to mounting political unrest in the former country and a surge in covid-19 cases in the latter.

Yet there is uncertainty over whether Brazil will compete in the competition due to their displeasure over the relocation of the event.

Captain Casemiro suggested the entire squad are united against hosting the Copa América, which starts on 13 June, with Brazil so hard hit by coronavirus.

"I will express it when it matters" - Tite tight-lipped on future as Brazil boss

There has been talk that Tite could resign before the tournament, but the coach gave little away after the victory over Ecuador, with another World Cup qualifier against Paraguay to come on Tuesday.

Tite said in a media conference: "I am doing my job normally. I always do. I am at peace with myself. My adversities are very little in comparison with other people."

Asked if he could quit next week, Tite replied: "You can raise any hypothesis, I only ask you to be careful. I will express it when it matters. Not now. This was a tough match against Ecuador."

Casemiro earlier told TV Globo: "We are not going to talk about this [the stance on Brazil staging the Copa América], Tite already told how the opinion is.

"As the captain and leader, we already have our position. We want to talk but now is not the moment to do it.

"I'm not the only one, it's not only the European players [against hosting], we are all. When someone speaks, everybody does it, or Tite, or coaching staff. We have to be unified."

Richarlison opened the scoring and Neymar added a stoppage-time penalty as Brazil took another step towards securing their spot in next year's World Cup in Qatar, making it five wins out of five at the expense of Ecuador.