Brazil coach Tite has turned things around in qual­i­fy­ing

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

It’s not just tra­di­tion, and it’s not just Ney­mar. Brazil also has a new coach, and he has turned things around.

The five-time World Cup cham­pi­ons have moved up from sixth place to first in South Amer­i­can qual­i­fy­ing since Tite took over in June with vic­to­ries over Ecuador, Colom­bia, Bo­livia and Venezuela.

The next test will come against Lionel Messi and his Ar­gentina team­mates on Thurs­day at the Mineirao Sta­dium.

“There is a be­fore Tite and an af­ter Tite for Brazil,” Ar­gentina de­fender Julio Buf­farini said Tues­day. “You can see that in Brazil’s game and in the re­sults the team has got­ten in the qual­i­fiers.”

Ar­gentina coach Edgardo Bauza is an­other fan, and friend, of Tite. The pair re­cently coached in the Brazil­ian league, Tite at Corinthi­ans and Bauza at Sao Paulo.

“Tite changed the way Brazil plays, with five ag­ile play­ers in the mid­field and a lot of fin­ish­ing power,” Bauza said. “He is very ta­lented.”

His style has cer­tainly im­pressed Brazil winger Dou­glas Costa, who com­pared Tite to Carlo Ancelotti, his coach at Bay­ern Mu­nich.

“They do well be­cause they deal well with the ath­letes, they are very hu­man,” Costa said. “They like this ex­change with the play­ers in the dress­ing room, they lis­ten to us. That is their big­gest virtue.”

Thurs­day’s match will be played in the sta­dium that hosted Brazil’s stun­ning 7-1 loss to Ger­many in the 2014 World Cup semi­fi­nals. But this is a dif­fer­ent team, mainly be­cause of Tite.

“(He) took them to the top of the group,” Ar­gentina mid­fielder Enzo Perez. “They are play­ing at home ... But we will make our case.”

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