NO STOP­PING BRAZIL

Tite’s squad on the brink of qual­i­fiy­ing for 2018 World Cup

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THERE’S no hold­ing Brazil back at the mo­ment... apart from on the train­ing ground, it turns out.

The Sele­cao are romp­ing to­wards qual­i­fi­ca­tion for next year’s World Cup, sit­ting pretty as they are at the top of the South Amer­i­can stand­ings after ham­mer­ing Uruguay 4-1 away from home on Thurs­day.

Head coach Tite has won eight games out of eight and his team can start mak­ing their prepa­ra­tions for a trip to Rus­sia in 2018 with the rest of the con­ti­nent not pro­vid­ing much of an ob­sta­cle to their progress.

It’s just as well, there­fore, that the boss keeps the reins on his play­ers’ ex­pec­ta­tions. Or just keeps the reins on his play­ers.

The Brazil squad were put through re­sis­tance train­ing on Satur­day as they gear up for their next test, the visit of Paraguay to­mor­row.

Stars in­clud­ing Ney­mar were held back by gi­ant elas­tic strap­ping in one of the drills dur­ing the ses­sion at the Mo­rumbi Sta­dium in Sao Paulo.

The phys­i­cal in­ten­sity of the ex­er­cise didn’t seem to dampen spir­its, how­ever, with Tite’s squad smil­ing and laugh­ing their way through the open prac­tice.

The sense of unity the coach has in­stilled dur­ing his reign was un­der­lined by his will­ing­ness to pose for pic­tures with sup­port­ers in the stands and his play­ers’ good na­ture through­out the ses­sion.

It’s lit­tle won­der Brazil ap­pear so re­laxed at present.

Ney­mar and Co are seven points clear at the top of the qual­i­fy­ing ta­ble with five games left to play after the vic­tory over Uruguay.

Paulino scored a hat-trick and Ney­mar was also on the score­sheet dur­ing the Mon­te­v­ideo cake­walk, with Edin­son Ca­vani net­ting for the hosts. Daily Mail

AFP PIC

(From left) Brazil’s Marcelo, Philippe Coutinho and Ney­mar train at the Mo­rumbi Sta­dium in Sao Paulo on Satur­day.

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