Brazil names squad to face trauma and Messi in world cup qual­i­fiers

Malta Independent - - SPORT / CLASSIFIEDS -

Brazil not only faces Ar­gentina in World Cup qual­i­fy­ing next month but also the ghost of the 7-1 de­ba­cle against Ger­many in the 2014 World Cup semi­fi­nals, coach Tite said yes­ter­day.

Brazil plays Lionel Messi’s side in the same Mineirao Sta­dium in Belo Hor­i­zonte on 10 Novem­ber. Five days later, Brazil is in Peru.

“The psy­cho­log­i­cal work has been per­fectly placed. We have to see that two years have passed. That time has brought us ma­tu­rity,” Tite said at his squad an­nounce­ment.

“It is the same sta­dium, but we have to know that this is a dif­fer­ent mo­ment.”

There were few changes to the squad, which fea­tures the re­turn of Bay­ern Mu­nich winger Dou­glas Costa and Real Madrid de­fender Marcelo af­ter in­juries, and the ab­sence of Chelsea mid­fielder Os­car.

Tite started out with con­vinc­ing vic­to­ries against Ecuador, Colom­bia, Bo­livia, and Venezuela, which lifted Brazil from sixth po­si­tion in South Amer­i­can qual­i­fy­ing to first. But his dream of coach­ing the five­time world cham­pion will seem more real, he said, when they meet fifth-place Ar­gentina and Messi.

“I am liv­ing a dream that ev­ery Brazil­ian coach has. To be in a Brazil v Ar­gentina is a great honor,” he said.

“To face Messi and all his virtues is such a chal­lenge.”

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