The Brazil coach is facing stress from all angles just after a run of poor benefits.

Tim Vickery’s Notes From South America: In spite of Copa Win, Brazil’s Tite Remains Beneath Stress

Not 14 weeks have elapsed considering that Brazil beat Argentina two- in the Copa America semi final. There as some controversy about refereeing choices, but no doubt that Brazil have been the far better side. 5 days later they deservedly won the Copa, when Argentina braced themselves to shed Lionel Messi to a suspension just after accusing the competitors of becoming riddled with corruption.

And however, small additional than 3 months later, it is Brazil coach Tite who is facing some stress when Argentina’s Lionel Scaloni is sitting quite.

In 4 subsequent matches Brazil have managed no victories and kept no clean sheets. Doubts exist about the architecture of the side. Immediately after years basing his group on a (according to preference) four-1-four-1 or four-three-three, Tite has wanted to do one thing diverse – bring Neymar into a additional central part. The experiment was hampered by an injury he picked up early in the second game of the present FIFA dates against Nigeria, forcing a swift substitution. But the concerns stay. Do Brazil possess the attacking mobility to get the most effective out of Roberto Firmino at centre forward? Does fielding Firmino, Neymar plus two wide attackers leave them also open to the counter attack?

When Tite took more than a small more than 3 years ago, the components dropped immediately into location. Now he is going to operate tougher to come across the suitable blend.

Argentina, meanwhile, are moving with surprising serenity. Portion of this, even in his absence, has to do with Messi. Through the Copa he threw off his prior timidity or aloofness, and turned into a genuine leader of the pack. This strengthened the hand of Scaloni, who was upgraded from caretaker to permanent coach.

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Scaloni has been additional upgraded by a new generation of midfield and attacking talent. Final month new centre forward Lautaro Martinez scored a beautiful hat trick to turn a potentially challenging game against Mexico into a four- rout. And a new group of midfielders – Exequiel Palacios, Nico Dominguez and Alexis MacAllister – all produced their presence felt. More than the final couple of days striker Lucas Alario and wide attacker Lucas Ocampos have been effectively brought into the squad. Even permitting for the reality that Ecuador are in transition and have a caretaker coach, Sunday’s six-1 win is an impressive scoreline – as was the prior Thursday’s two-two draw away to Germany.

Severe structural difficulties stay. There is a worrying dearth of top rated class defenders, and backed by the Dortmund crowd the Germans took swift benefit to go two ambitions ahead. Scaloni, although, study the game effectively, and produced an adjustment at the interval, switching from a back 4 to a line of 3, stopping the Germans larger up the field and providing his side the platform to snatch a draw.

Outcomes. Of course, are by no means the be all and finish off of friendly matches. Events in these final two months will be rapidly forgotten as quickly as the subsequent Planet Cup qualifying campaign gets underway in March.

But there is a opportunity coming up to measure the respective progress of Brazil and Argentina. They meet in Saudi Arabia on November 15th.

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