Brazil’s new coach Tite: Bring on Ger­many, Italy and Spain

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Brazil's new coach is tear­ing up South Amer­i­can World Cup qual­i­fy­ing. In six matches in charge, Ade­nor Leonardo Bac­chi — known uni­ver­sally as Tite (pro­nounced Chi-Chi) — has won all six.

Now he's of­fer­ing to chal­lenge Europe's best, in­clud­ing de­fend­ing cham­pion Ger­many, as the five-time World Cup win­ners pre­pare for the 2018 World Cup in Rus­sia, where they are likely to be among the fa­vorites.

"Let's play against Italy away," Tite said Mon­day in a 35-minute in­ter­view with The As­so­ci­ated Press. "Spain, Ger­many, Por­tu­gal away."

Tite also men­tioned play­ing Eng­land at Wem­b­ley, which he called "the tem­ple of foot­ball."

Tite, speak­ing in his mod­est of­fice sur­rounded by TVs, a black­board, and books, said he didn't ex­pect his team's quick suc­cess. But now that it's come and with Brazil not play­ing in next year's Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup — the World Cup warmup — he must look else­where.

"Since we won't play in the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup to feel the heat, the adren­a­line, we will try another way." He said Brazil needs "to play away so we feel that weight. So we have a solid per­for­mance in dif­fer­ent venues."

Tite is cer­tainly in­ter­ested in Ger­many, which hu­mil­i­ated Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semi­fi­nals 2 ½ years ago in the Brazil­ian city of Belo Hor­i­zonte.

"The first step is to play a friendly against them, wher­ever they want in Ger­many," he said.

The Euro­pean sched­ule could be­come a re­al­ity quickly. Brazil, which leads South Amer­i­can qual­i­fy­ing, could of­fi­cially qual­ify for Rus­sia in its next two qual­i­fiers in March against Uruguay and Paraguay.

Brazil has be­come less de­pen­dent on Barcelona star Ney­mar in the last few matches since Tite took over after Dunga was fired.

In the mean­time, he has dis­cov­ered sev­eral rising stars that have made Brazil a team — not a one-player show.

"If Brazil de­pends only on Ney­mar there will be a prob­lem with Brazil, not with Ney­mar," Tite ex­plained. "Brazil needs the in­di­vid­ual cre­ativ­ity of Ney­mar, Philippe Coutinho, Douglas Costa. But it needs the col­lec­tive cre­ativ­ity that some­times peo­ple don't pay at­ten­tion to."

Tite also said that Ney­mar's clash with Span­ish tax au­thor­i­ties was "per­sonal" though he added that there's not much he can do about it.

Tite is count­ing on im­prove­ment from his No. 9, 19-year-old Gabriel Je­sus, who is mov­ing to Manch­ester City in Jan­uary from Brazil club Palmeiras. He ex­pects him to be as good in Europe as he's been in Brazil.

"His level of per­for­mance will be very sim­i­lar, with some tactical ad­just­ments, of course," Tite said.

Asked about in­ves­ti­ga­tions into CBF Pres­i­dent Marco Polo del Nero, who has been in­dicted by U.S. au­thor­i­ties for cor­rup­tion, Tite said "those re­spon­si­ble are the ones that have to pay."

He de­clined to say more, but last year he signed a pe­ti­tion ask­ing for Del Nero to re­sign.

Tite will be on the road in the next few days. On Thurs­day he is off to Spain to see Barcelona play Real Madrid. A big be­liever in scout­ing his play­ers, he also ex­pects to watch Brazil­ian play­ers at Paris Saint-Ger­main.

The for­mer coach of Sao Paulo club Corinthi­ans, Tite is also a stu­dent of the game. He is read­ing for­mer Manch­ester United man­ager Alex Fer­gu­son's au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, and the copy al­ready is full of foot­notes and no­ta­tions.

But his main in­spi­ra­tion is Bay­ern Mu­nich's coach Carlo Ancelotti, who al­lowed him to be an ob­server in 2014 at Real Madrid.

"Ancelotti's teams are more bal­anced," Tite said. "It's a more Ital­ian de­fense and cre­ativ­ity from the mid­field for­ward. I ad­mire his work and also his dis­creet pro­file. I am also like that."

When he is not work­ing, Tite clings to his fam­ily in Rio. His son Matheus is one of his key scouts. And his wife Rose keeps him down to earth dur­ing their early morn­ing walks.

He's also think­ing be­yond the 2018 World Cup. But he sug­gested noth­ing will be as ex­cit­ing as the next 19 months.

"I am hon­estly mak­ing a dream come true," he said. "Any­thing that comes after Brazil will not be big­ger than this."

New Brazil­ian coach Tite

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