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Tite delighted with maiden Copa win

5 July 2012 12:19

Corinthians head coach Tite has claimed his team worked harder than any other to win the club's first Copa Libertadores title.

The Brazilian club defeated Boca Juniors 2-0 in the second leg of the final on Wednesday to win the continental club competition for the first time.

Speaking after the victory, Tite was adamant Corinthians deserved their success.

"This group deserved this title," Tite said.

"No team did more than we did, no one marked better, no one was more focused.

"This isn't happening by luck, we deserved it."

Brazilian-born Qatar international Emerson scored both goals for Corinthians on Wednesday to complete a 3-1 aggregate victory over Boca Juniors.

Corinthians midfielder Danilo admitted after the historic victory that the players had considered the final as an important opportunity to end the club's 101-year drought in the Copa Libertadores.

"A team like Corinthians should've won the Copa Libertadores before," Danilo said.

"We came into this final very focused and we played a great match to finally get it done."

Tite agreed that his team had been completely focused on continental success.

"They couldn't have done any more or worked any harder - they have great concentration," the 51-year-old head coach said.

"It was not chance, it was not luck.

"It was the merit and competence of this squad."

Corinthians midfielder Paulinho argued their tough preparation had paid off to lift the Copa Libertadores trophy.

"This is worth all of our hard work," Paulinho said.

"Everyone deserves to be celebrating."

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