Argentina’s 28 barren years and not using a main title could have no bearing on the end result of its Copa America ultimate in opposition to Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil coach Tite mentioned on Friday.
The 2 South American giants meet on Saturday on the Maracana stadium with Argentina’s lengthy drought as soon as once more the foremost subject of dialog.
The guests has not received a serious title since lifting the Copa America in 1993 and its prime participant Lionel Messi has by no means received a serious trophy with the nationwide aspect.
“That’s the previous, you’ll be able to’t have a look at the previous as a information,” Tite mentioned. “We’re unbeaten within the final two Copas America, we now have higher numbers however I don’t see that has a lot significance.”
The expectation and banter has ramped up on either side – Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro instructed his Argentine reverse quantity final week he anticipated Brazil to win 5-0 – however Tite downplayed the thoughts video games.
“It’s a psychological marathon we face,” he mentioned. “Our recreation is completely different from that of the press and the followers. When it comes to preparation and coaching and focus. We’re specializing in our priorities.”
“It’s typically provocations, it’s typically banter, it’s typically historical past, it’s typically in regards to the membership matches gamers have performed in opposition to one another.”
“However it’s not the essence, the essence is difficult work daily and getting ready to play a superb recreation.”
Brazil can be with out suspended Gabriel Jesus and fullback Alex Sandro faces a late health take a look at. Defender Cristian Romero continues to be a doubt for Argentina after lacking the final 4 video games by means of harm.
Tite was coy when requested if he deliberate to man-mark Messi.
“I do know however I’m not telling you,” he instructed a reporter, earlier than including, “we don’t neutralise, we cut back their actions.”