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Brazil boss Tite impressed with Selecao performance in tough conditions

Brazil head coach Tite praised the performance of his much-changed Brazil side after a comfortable 4-0 win in World Cup qualifying in Bolivia on Tuesday.

Goals from Lucas Paqueta, Richarlison (two) and Bruno Guimaraes sealed the routine victory in La Paz, a notoriously tricky place to play football given its high altitude, which Tite referenced before the game.

The Selecao had already qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. So Tite was happy to ring the changes after winning 4-0 against Chile last week, with Philippe Coutinho and Richarlison coming in for Vinicius Jr and the suspended Neymar.

There were also starts for Dani Alves, Eder Militao, Alex Telles, Fabinho and Guimaraes, who scored his first goal at the international level.

Tite said:

“We need to see the game in its whole context.

“It was a linear situation in the first and second half. The changes helped to maintain our balance.

“In terms of tactics, we play in a 4-4-3 almost always, even in different situations. Sometimes we have a player who floats, like Coutinho today.

“The striker attacked space today. In the other game, it was two central defenders with two arrows on their side.”

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He referenced the difficulty of playing in La Paz, saying he even struggles with it just standing on the touchline.

“To come up against such adversity and produce this score, with a lot of shots, maintaining our level and making changes to the team without losing our model [was impressive],” he said. “Our recovery of ball possession remained high, and we kept up very high levels of concentration.

“My head hurts, I go upstairs, and I gasp. The athlete diminishes his physical capacity for performance. Nevertheless, it was [a performance above expectations]. To put in that performance against Bolivia here in La Paz is very difficult.

“A team that has changed its starting lineups and maintains a pattern is significant. We always try to do the best job possible. The feeling I have is one of peace.”

Brazil sits top of qualifying with a six-point lead after securing 14 wins and three draws from their 17 games.

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