KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Coach Tite says it would have been good for Brazil to be playing in the Confederations Cup to give himself and his players more experience going into the World Cup.
Tite made the comments before watching Portugal play Chile in Kazan in the semifinals of the eight-nation World Cup warm-up event on Wednesday. He is in Russia to watch the tournament’s final stages and scout possible training bases for Brazil during next year’s tournament.
“I would have wanted to play in the tournament because it would have allowed me to have more time to work with the team, to get to know the adversities, the different situations that we will have to face,” Tite said. “It would have been important to be here.”
Tite has only coached Brazil for 11 games as coach, with 10 wins and a loss to Argentina in a friendly this year.
Brazil was the first team other than host Russia to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
He said he sees the Confederations Cup as a valid tournament, although it might need some changes to its format in the future.
“It’s an important competition in its broad context,” Tite said,…