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Corinthians coach Tite has no preference for Fifa Club World Cup semi-final opponent

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Corinthians coach Tite says his team have no preference over who they play in the semi-final of the Fifa Club World Cup next week and are well prepared to face either of Sanfrecce Hiroshima, of Japan, or Al Ahly, of Egypt.

Tite, 51, was speaking to reporters at a news conference in Nagoya on Friday, and the coach is happy that his team are prepared for either opponent.

He said: "There is no preference, but rather preparation. We follow the games and know the characteristics and individual values of both teams.

"The monitoring is being done. We will watch the game (on Sunday)."

And Tite, who predicted that Auckland City, of New Zealand, would be the weakest team and lose to Hiroshima, knows that, looking at the history of the tournament, the semi-finals are always quite close affairs.

"All semi-finals show that few scores dilated. Rarely with two goals. It's a game surrounded by expectation and responsibility. The margin of error must be small."

Corinthians will face the winner of Sanfrecce Hiroshima against Al Ahly on 12th December in Toyota.


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