Brazil manager Tite said he won’t focus on things he can’t control after Friday’s World Cup draw in Moscow.
The five-time world champions were placed in Group E with Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia — a trio of adversaries that don’t appear too daunting on paper — but would likely face Mexico or even Germany in the round of 16, depending on how the groups play out.
“I’ve said this. I haven’t returned with a standard answer. But a conviction: The Brazilian team will come together and grow. Independently of qualification of their adversaries and their characteristics,” Tite said after the draw.
“You see how a characteristics of a World Cup are interesting. You have a result against a team that was eventually champion. And then we go back to a World Cup where the third-highest champion behind us is out [Italy],” Tite said.
“We go back to where third place [in the 2014 World Cup], the Netherlands, is out. We go back to Chile, two-time Copa America champions, are out. The United Stated, with their investment, are out.
“This is to say: The preparation has to be total in its fullness with all the opponents, independently of who it is.”
“The greatness of the competition… Again, I say: There are variables the we don’t have conditions to control.
“Let me spend my energy on the variables that I can control and those things I can do. What are they? Quality training sessions, logistics that allow the players to evolve.
“It’s an important degree of confidence. The strengthening and growing of the team. These variables I can control. The others are circumstances of the competition.”
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