Germany Clash ‘Emotionally Important’ Admits Tite
Brazil coach Tite admits that Tuesday’s friendly with Germany in Berlin is ‘emotionally important’ for his squad, as they seek to confront the ghosts of 2014. The Seleção were famously beaten 7-1 by Germany in the 2014 World Cup semi-final in Belo Horizonte.
Tite says Tuesday’s friendly is an important part of the healing process ahead of the World Cup in June, “The 7-1 game is the most recent game," Tite said. "And of course we know that we'll play Germany in Berlin, they were world champions, they beat us 7-1 and it's a step that's passed.
“We are in a building period and emotionally it will be important. Against Germany, we will want to play football, to be competitive, mentally strong, and put our ideas into play. We are looking to impose our way of playing."
Brazil did defeat Germany in the 2016 Olympic Final in Rio, but that was not considered a full international and Brazil played with a far stronger team than Germany. This will be the first full international between the sides since 2014.