Brazil Wants To Experiment With New Players After Sealing World Cup Berth
The Selecao became the first team to qualify for football’s showpiece tournament – other than hosts Russia – by defeating Paraguay 3-0 in Sao Paulo on Tuesday.
It was the Selecao’s eighth consecutive victory, continuing Tite’s unbroken run since he took over from Dunga in June.
In that time Brazil has jumped from sixth to first in the South American zone World Cup qualifying standings and they are already among the favorites to win the title for the sixth time.
“Now that we have classified we can open up our perspective,” Tite told reporters. “We can give a few other players a chance, creating healthy competition for places.”
Brazil will play friendlies against Argentina and Australia in Australia in June before resuming their World Cup qualifying campaign against Ecuador in August.
Tite said experimenting with new personnel would benefit the team as he analyzes all of his options.
“All places in the team can change,” the former Corinthians boss said. “When I started (last September), Willian was in great form. He dropped his level a bit and Philippe Coutinho came in.
“Now Willian is playing well again for Chelsea. Dani Alves is a fantastic player but he missed this match (through suspension) and Fagner came into the side. There’s also Mariano, Rafinha, Fabinho. We are looking at everybody. The team is not closed,” he added.
(With Inputs From Xinhua)