Brazil boss Tite says World Cup squad list not ready-Xinhua

Brazil boss Tite says World Cup squad list not ready

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2022-08-18 14:54:45

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Brazil manager Tite is yet to finalize his squad for this year's FIFA World Cup in Qatar, admitting competition for places is still wide open.

With less than 100 days remaining until the start of football's showpiece tournament, Tite and his backroom staff have identified three or four possible players for every position.

"The list is not closed," Tite told TV Globo on Wednesday. "We are taking into account experience, form, the level of competition. We still have doubts. It's not about being nice and courteous, but about making [tough] decisions. There is healthy competition."

Brazil have been drawn alongside Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G of the World Cup, which will run from November 20 to December 18.

Tite said he was in favor of a decision by world football governing body FIFA in June to expand World Cup team squads to 26 players from the previous limit of 23.

The former Corinthians, Gremio and Internacional manager revealed he would prioritize attacking players for the additional vacancies.

"We're looking predominantly for offensive and creative footballers with unique characteristics so that we can use them strategically," he said.