The Brazilian soccer coach, Adenor Leonardo Bachi ‘Tite’, affirmed this Saturday that the historic duel between Brazil and Argentina, which will have one more edition this Sunday in São Paulo for the South American Qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, will always be a “different match.
“I learned, I grew up with Brazil and Argentina being a different game. It is not worth using hypocrisy, half words. You only have a rivalry with whom you admire “Tite declared at a virtual press conference on the eve of the match to be played at the Neo Química Arena stadium in Sao Paulo.
“When you play the Libertadores against Boca, River, Racing, you are in a different atmosphere. What one cannot do is play it before the game. It is having more serenity, balance because the game itself mobilizes you, it is adrenaline. This weighting is essential, “he stressed.
For Tite, the difference against a rival like Argentina, which in the last match between the two teams, played in July, defeated the Brazilians (0-1) in the final of the Copa América in Rio de Janeiro, is “the balance of the physical, mental, technical and tactical aspects. Soccer is like baking a cake. “
Brazil, leader of the South American tie with a 100% performance, has 21 points, the product of 7 victories in the same number of games, followed by Argentina, second with 15 points and also undefeated.
If they get a victory on Sunday in Sao Paulo and another on the 9th in Recife against Peru, with a combination of results from their rivals, Canarinha could secure the mathematical qualification for Qatar 2022, becoming the first team with the ticket in their pocket .
Brazil trained this Saturday morning in Sao Paulo with the full group, with a part of the practice broadcast on the social networks of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), but without giving any indication of the probable starter.
Tite, who always advanced the starting rosters in the previous ones, chose this time to reserve the disclosure of the line-up for the same day of the game.
The reason was the 11 players he had to summon at the last minute due to the decision of the English League clubs and some of Russia to cede them to the South American teams for health reasons in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, which forced him to change his plans .
“I see that there must be equality for all the teams and I trust the good sense of the entities. That damages not only the preparation of Brazil but also all the South American football teams that will be left without the same preparation for the World Cup, giving a privilege to European teams, “said Tite.
However, Tite gave indications that midfielder Gerson and goalkeeper Éverton Ribeiro, who entered the second half and were fundamental against Chile, may have the opportunity in the starting team that will be measured against Argentina.
Regarding which player he would like to now have from the remembered Brazilian team that played the ’82 World Cup in Spain and was eliminated by Italy, Tite did not hesitate to say that that dream footballer would be: “Zico, Zico and Zico”.
At the same press conference, the attacker Gabriel Barbosa ‘Gabigol’, from Flamengo, commented that “the defeat” in the Copa América against Argentina “is in the past” and will now face the same rival without “revenge”. but always looking to “play well for victory”.