8 October 2017
By Ikenna Amadi
Former Brazil international, Tostao, believes that his nation will want to win their final qualifier against Chile, even if it helps another rival, Argentina, in World Cup qualifying.
Tite’s Brazil was the first team to seal a spot at Russia 2018, but for their last game in the CONMEBOL qualifier series, they host Chile on Tuesday.
Brazil’s rivals, Argentina, are sixth on the log, standing outside the play-off spot ahead of a trip to Ecuador, but a win would see them secure at least a top-five finish which will give them a last shot at the ticket in the playoff.
Tostao, a World Cup winner with Brazil in 1970, insisted Tite’s side would be desperate to beat Chile who are also at risk of missing out.
“The sports programmes here in Brazil have talked a lot about that. They ask the question if we have to support Brazil or we must support for Argentina to miss the World Cup,” he told La Tercera.
“The rivalry with Argentina is very big and everyone knows that, but I can say with certainty that Brazil isn’t thinking of helping Chile, or anything.
“Brazil will play for Brazil. They want to win for them, but I think Tite can make one or two changes to test players.”
Argentina (25 points) are sixth, but will rise above Colombia (26) or Peru (25) with a win. Colombia are due to play Peru in Lima. Chile (26 points) are third, behind Uruguay (28). Brazil top the group with a massive 38 points, while Paraguay (24) can also sneak in to qualify.