The Selecao will play Argentina in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Belo Horizonte on Friday morning (1:30 SA time), and Brazil’s manager was asked if he had specific plans to stop Messi.
Tite said that while the superstar, like his own striker Neymar, would be difficult to be kept out of the game, there are more players with match-winning potential than just those two.
“Lionel Messi does not stop, Neymar does not stop,” he said, according to Four Four Two.
« You can decrease their actions. You can try to decrease the number of entries, but what am I going to do, is that the question? I’m not telling.
« I can tell several players individually that they can make a difference and decide a game.
« I do not agree that a single player will find the victory. At some point he may shine, but because the collective will be strong. On the field will be (Philippe) Coutinho, (Gonzalo) Higuain, (Angel) Di Maria, Douglas Costa, Gabriel Jesus.
“I mean, there are many players with great technical qualities that in an individual play, in a moment of creation, can make the difference.”
Brazil have won their last four successive qualifiers since Tite’s arrival, while Argentina have not won in their last three matches and are in danger of failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
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