The Brazilian men’s soccer team landed in Santa Cruz de la Sierra on Monday night. The delegation will remain in the Bolivian city until early Tuesday afternoon, when it will head to La Paz. The script is part of Tite’s strategy to reduce elevation effects.
The selection will face Bolivia this Tuesday, at 8:30pm (Brasilia time), at the Hernando Seles Stadium, with the potential to beat Argentina’s long-standing record in the playoffs.
Paquita greets Bolivian fans upon their arrival in Santa Cruz de la Sierra – Image: CBF TV reproduction
Brazil faces Bolivia with the following team: Alisson, Daniel Alves, Marquinhos, Eder Militao and Alex Telles. Fabinho, Bruno Guimarães and Lucas Paqueta; Anthony, Coutinho and Richarlison
In the 2002 qualifiers, Argentina led by Marcelo Bielsa scored 43 points, the highest number so far in the qualifiers. Tite’s Brasil has 42 points and can tie the score if they tie in a high or pass if they win (may be up to 45). There is still the last match, specifically against Argentina, which the Anfisa match stopped last year.
Globo, SporTV and GE broadcast the Bolivia-Brazil match live at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Argentine record was an example for Tite to reduce euphoria toward the selection, which has an impeccable campaign in the playoffs. The coach pointed out that the important thing is to return to playing “very well”, which is the expression used by Tite.
Brazil goalkeeper in 1993, in the first defeat of the determination in the history of the qualifiers, Taffarel joked upon his arrival in Santa Cruz: “I thought I was already in La Paz” – Photo: CBF TV reproduction
– The important thing is the work, the reinforcement … Bielsa is a man I respect a lot, with whom Argentina put in a great campaign and went out in the first stage – Tite commented, perplexing Heinz’s penalty, which was actually Pochettino, the current PSG coach, in the match against England. . – More than that (the records), what matters is the construction, this unification of the work, is what pleases me the most.
Close to the top of the FIFA rankings
Brazil’s Tite could also return to the top flight of the FIFA rankings for the first time since 2017, something that should change a bit regarding the World Cup draw, scheduled for April 1 in Doha, Qatar – Tite, his assistant Kleber Xavier, travels The selection coordinator, Juninho Puestas and other staff members fly to Qatar after returning from Bolivia on a charter flight.
For that, you must defeat Bolivia. This happened only twice in the history of confrontations in La Paz – in 1981, in the qualifiers and in the final of the Copa America, in 1997. For Tite, the mark of a return to the top of the standings is appropriate, but he returned to run in parallel to highlight other points from his six years work ahead on the Brazilian national team.
Being first in the ranking makes sense, yes. But for me, in particular, (the important thing) is to see the team again playing very well, once again managing to overcome these adversities strategically, representing football with technical quality and possession of the ball. Of course, you will not be able to set the same cadence, that speed that we use in games at home or in normal conditions there (in Bolivia), because it is not possible. Having the ball and being aggressive in the final third and seeing this team play and overcome these adversities is a great pleasure. It is another stage of unification and evolution. He was fascinated by me. At the same time comes the recognition of being first in the standings – commented the Brazilian coach.
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