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Brazil boss Tite wary of ‘unquestionable’ Lionel Messi threat

Brazil v Paraguay: Quarterfinal - Copa America Brazil 2019
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Brazil manager Tite is wary of a Copa America semi-final tie with Argentina considering they have the “best in the world” in Lionel Messi.

Hosts Brazil survived a nerve-wracking quarter-final tie with Paraguay to book a last-four spot after winning 4-3 on penalties following a goalless draw in Porto Alegre.

Tite’s men were wasteful in front of goal even when Paraguay were reduced to 10-men in the 58th-minute when Fabian Balbuena was sent off.

Nonetheless, Brazil escaped a potential upset when Gabriel Jesus fired home the decisive spot-kick following Gustavo Gomez and Derlis Gonzalez’s misses for Paraguay.

The Selecao will now be anxiously keeping an eye on the Argentina and Venezuela match, with the victor to meet them in the semi-finals.

“Very large individual technical quality. As a challenge for all teams, they have to adapt when they have the best in the world,” said Tite, according to OneFootball.

“Messi is unquestionable.”

On the other hand, though, Tite was left fuming over the “absurd” state of the pitch in Gremio.

“There is room for improvement,” he said.

“But that’s also possible when you play passes on a good ground.

“All the players asked me to complain about it. It’s absurd at such a high-level match to have a ground that is so hard to pass the ball on.

“We needed three touches to pass the ball forward. It’s absurd to have such bad quality. It’s inconceivable anywhere in the world to have such a bad ground.”

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL – JUNE 27: Alisson Becker of Brazil celebrates with teammate Gabriel Jesus winning in the penalty shootout after the Copa America Brazil 2019 quarterfinal match between Brazil and Paraguay at Arena do Gremio on June 27, 2019 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)