The coach of Brazil, Tite warned this Friday that his team will need a “high level” to defeat Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon, their rivals in Group G of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, and qualify for the round of 16.
“We are talking about the elimination (in the European qualifier) of Italy and Portugal at the hands of Switzerland and Serbia, and we also have the team from Cameroon, which is very strong in the African school,” the Brazilian coach told SportTV channel at the end of the draw held this Friday in Doha.
The commander of the ‘Seleção’, undefeated leader of the South American tie with a record of 45 points, assured that the key for Brazil to advance to the round is “the evolution and consolidation of work” against rivals he knows well.
In Russia 2018, Brazil shared group E with Serbia (victory 2-0) and Switzerland (1-1).
“I saw a Switzerland game, it was a bit after one of ours in the qualifiers. It was the game against Italy, they made it 1-0 at the beginning and they were close to making it 2-0, but they drew. It was a world-class game, high, we also need a high level,” he added.
Tite, 60, assured that it is vital to win the first match, against the Serbs, “to grow in the competition” and fight to win the sixth world title.
And he highlighted that Brazil has been in Group G, because that way you will have more time to train and get to know your rivals.
“Any time I can have with the players, training, it is an advantage“, he pointed.
Although he rode in the South American qualifier, Tite has been cautious with the success of Brazilpartly because the ‘scratch’ has not faced a European team since March 2019, when it beat the Czech Republic 3-1 in a friendly.
Belgium eliminated their ‘Canarinha’ in the Russian quarterfinals.
“I have no conditions to insure” what is the difference in levels between the South American and European teams, he said. “What I can say is that eight months before the start of the World Cup is a long time and we have to arrive at a good time”.
The technician was in favor of expanding the squad list from 23 to 26 players, an initiative that FIFA is evaluating. Tite assured that there is consensus within the technical commissions of the selections so that this change is approved.
“Not defined yet, but the coaches spoke in favor“, he pointed out, justifying his support in that it allows more “tactical, technical and individual” options.