Tite pleased by impressive Brazil against Ghana


Brazil continued their preparations for the World Cup in Qatar with a 3-0 victory against Ghana on Friday.

Brazil head coach Tite has praised the “impressive” performance of his side regaining possession against Ghana.

The South American side won 3-0 against their African rivals in a friendly in France, Marquinhos opening the scoring nine minutes before Richarlison struck before the break.

Victory in Le Havre gives the five-time World Cup champions optimism ahead of the tournament later this year, with Tite’s side excelling in the final third to put their opponents to the sword.

However, Tite was impressed with his side’s display without possession against Ghana, who responded quickly to win the ball back.

“In the first half, the team mobilized to immediately regain control of the ball after losing the ball,” he said.

“There are a few different ways to call it: Los-and-press, five seconds of madness, everyone uses a different term. But our speed in regaining our poise was impressive.”

“When the balls stopped, the team also went well, it was clean. It helped to come to France without the athletes having to change time zones.”

In the second half, Brazil were unable to produce quite the performance they had in the opening 45 minutes, but Tite believes it would not be possible.

“In the first half, the team had pace and performance, they dominated and controlled. In the second half, Ghana managed to control for 15 minutes, we couldn’t finish them because they had a wall of five players,” he explained.

“At the same time, we were solid. When we didn’t create, we didn’t let the opponent create either. With the entry of fresh players [from the bench], we regained the upper hand.

“Then we had clear chances to increase the lead. Matheus Cunha had two clean chances, there were chances from Neymar, Rodrygo, Paqueta.

“So the team has done well in these different phases, but to be the same as in the first half doesn’t always work.”

Brazil will face Tunisia on Tuesday in their final match before November’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

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