Brazil coach Tite has responded to Kylian Mbappe’s comment that South American teams do not have as much competition at continental level as those in Europe.
The French forward also highlighted the fact that the last four world champions are from the Old Continent. The “Roosters” triumphed at the last World Cup, and before that Germany (2014), Spain (2010) and Italy (2006) did the same.
Brazil in 2002 was the last non-European world champion. Then “Seleção” won its record and so far fifth world title.
“Argentina and Brazil don’t have that kind of competition in South America; football there is not as developed as in Europe. That’s why the last world champions are from Europe,” said Mbappe, which could not help but cause reactions.
“Maybe Mbappe is talking about the matches in the League of Nations tournament or the friendly matches, and not about the world qualifiers – said Tite. – Because, with all due respect, we do not have the privilege of playing against Azerbaijan. There are no easy opponents for us.”
Brazil are favorites to win the World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year, with reigning world champions France just behind. Argentina has the third lowest odds to win the 2022 World Cup, while England ranks fourth.