Brazil coach Tite responded to Kylian Mbappe’s comments about the ease of matches in South America compared to Europe, which sparked a great deal of controversy.
The France and PSG star had spoken last May about the chances of the teams in the World Cup, and discussed the difficulty of competition from his point of view in Europe compared to other continents, and its impact on the teams’ chances. see here
How did Tite respond to Mbappe?
The samba coach waited four months to comment on the young player’s statements, and this came in an interview with “ESPN” in its Brazilian version.
“I don’t think Mbappe meant the knockout matches, but maybe the Nations League or the friendlies, but certainly not the knockouts,” Tite said.
He added, “I spoke with a journalist from Uruguay recently and we discussed the difficulty of playing in his country or Bolivia, for example. Mbappe does not know those difficulties and did not play in those circumstances.”
And the Brazilian continued: “With all due respect, we do not have the opportunity to play against Azerbaijan, or a team that considers it a comfort. All matches are more difficult in the qualifiers than in the European qualifiers.”
The World Cup is approaching for Brazil and France
France enters as one of the most prominent candidates for the World Cup in Qatar 2022 as the cup holder for the last edition, while Brazil is also among the most prominent in light of the distinguished level of qualifications.
France plays in a group that includes Denmark, Australia, and Tunisia, while Brazil will face Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon.