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Tite believes Argentina are in a tough spot

The Brazil manager insisted his side will not be doing favours to anyone in the final round of the World Cup qualifiers.

Argentina must be having trouble sleeping as they face the possibility of failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 47 years. Lionel Messi and Co. are currently sitting sixth in the table, outside of the CONMEBOL qualifying places, with just one game to go.

The runners-up from 2014 have always been a power in the showpiece tournament throughout the years, but three consecutive draws have seen Argentina struggling to secure a spot in the play-offs.

Meanwhile Brazil are already qualified and there were suggestions that they would deliberately harm Argetina’s chances, but that is not the case, insisted Tite.

“I want the competition to be fair,” Tite told reporters on Monday as quoted by beIN Sports. “That will make us all play well.

“I have friends in Argentina. I respect Jose Pekerman very much in Colombia and I recognise the capacity of Chile.”

“Qualification for the World Cup is not about one game, it is about a full campaign”, added Tite.

“Yesterday [Sunday], we thanked each other because we are already qualified.

“I can’t imagine what it is like for others — they must be having trouble sleeping. We are going to do what is most important for us, for the dignity of a people. [In the end], others will reap what their work sowed.”