Tite ponders Brazil changes after Argentina loss

Nicolas Otamendi left his mark on City stablemate, Gabriel Jesus, during an worldwide friendly between Brazil and Argentina on Friday morning in Australia.

Sampaoli, announced as Argentina coach last week, is the latest tasked with finding the right niche for Messi, and in time to save the team’s World Cup qualifying campaign.

Brazil has already qualified for next year’s World Cup finals in Russian Federation while Australia kept alive its automatic qualifying hopes with a 3-2 win over the 53rd-ranked Saudi Arabia in Adelaide on Thursday.

With four matches remaining Argentina sit fifth in the South American qualification table, meaning as it stands they would have to play an inter-confederation play-off match, most likely against New Zealand.

And while the game was pegged as a friendly, meetings of Brazil and Argentina are seldom anything but ferocious.

You did not play a match just to meet, but to win.

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The Selecao were left to rue an astonishing miss in the second half, though, as Jesus struck the post with the goal gaping as Tite tasted his first defeat since replacing Dunga at the helm, bringing an end to a run of nine consecutive victories.

Brazil manager Tite says he is considering changes for Tuesday’s game against Australia after blasting his side’s poor finishing in the loss to Argentina in Melbourne.

And with Brazil already confirming their spot for next year’s World Cup in Russian Federation, we run through the players hoping to impress in the coming Premier League season as the nation bids to avenge the heartache of 2014… “We need to be more aggressive and we have to neutralise the other team so that we can get the game more on our terms”. “It’s easier to analyse a game when we win”, Brazilian manager Tite said. “I would be lying if I told you everything went to plan but we’ve got the idea and we are beginning this journey”.

Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus was taken off the field on a stretcher in the second half as a precaution after taking a knock from Manchester City teammate Nicolas Otamendi.

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