Having already qualified for the World Cup finals, and facing a team that will be playing for their… life in these qualifiers, there have been rumours that Brazil players won’t exactly die trying to beat Chile, but their coach made it absolutely clear that the Selecao is thinking about one result only against the Chileans; the win.
I want the competition to be fair. That will make us all play well. I have friends in Argentina. I respect Jose Pekerman very much in Colombia and I recognise the capacity of Chile
Tite told reporters, ahead of their vastly important (to Chile) game in Sao Paulo.
Qualification for the World Cup is not about one game, it is about a full campaign. Yesterday we thanked each other because we are already qualified. I can’t imagine what it is like for others – they must be having trouble sleeping. We are going to do what is most important for us, for the dignity of a people. After all, others will reap what their work sowed
the Brazil coach said.
Chile are sitting third in the table, but if they lose in Sao Paulo, by the end of the night, they could be lower than 5th, outside the qualifying positions. If they draw, then, regardless of what happens in other matches, they will finish at least 5th, and face New Zealand in intercontinental playoffs next month.