Tite: Argentina must have trouble sleeping as doubts over World Cup grow

Tite: Argentina must have trouble sleeping as doubts over World Cup grow”

Chile have disappointed away from home in qualifying, however, and failed to score in their other two trips against CONMEBOL's current top four (Uruguay and Colombia), a streak they'll find hard to break at Allianz Parque. We just have to play the way we know.

Jorge Sampaoli's Argentina (25 points) are sixth following last week's scoreless draw with Peru, but a win over Ecuador would see them rise above Colombia (26) or Peru (25), who are due to meet in Lima.

"Qualification to the World Cup is not about one game, it is about a full campaign", Brazil coach Tite said on Monday after being questioned about Argentina's possible absence in Russia.

"I see it as complicated for Argentina", the 30-year-old Vidal said. "It was there I began to lift myself again, then came Europe, and now I am in the Seleção". "Yesterday, we thanked each other because we are already qualified. [In the end], others will reap what their work sowed". If they are where they are, it's because of what they have done.

Let's all hope the Manchester City goalkeeper doesn't read the article, or he may be in tears by lunchtime. He confirmed that defender Marquinhos, who will replace the injured Thiago Silva, will be the captain for the clash against the desperate Chileans in Sao Paulo. "If it was up to me, the World Cup would start tomorrow".

Team Chile is included in the expanded pool of applicants for participation in the world championship.

The two-time world champions, runners-up three years ago, have been a mainstay in the showpiece tournament since missing the 1970 edition in Mexico, but three consecutive draws have left Argentina adrift of the play-off spot on goals scored.

It has been a remarkable CONMEBOL qualifying tournament and heading into the final round of matches, only one of the four automatic World Cup spots has been claimed.

The Manchester City flop gets a chance to show, on a big stage, that he's still an excellent goalkeeper and matches the Brazilian youngster.

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