Tite: Brazil were better than Argentina

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 07: Head coach Tite of Brazil stands on the bench before their friendly match against USA at MetLife Stadium on September 7, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Brazil national team boss Tite claims his team were better than their Argentine counterparts after leaving it late to win the South American El Clasico.

Brazil continued their winning run after beating Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to secure a last-gasp winner against arch-rivals Argentina thanks to Miranda.

Tite’s Brazil were far from convincing in attack as they struggled to create any clear-cut chances, with Argentina appearing set to earn a draw in the sapping Saudi heat.

“Argentina created chances to score, tried to win, but Brazil were better and the team’s performance was rewarded with the goal,” Tite told FourFourTwo reporters.

Tite added: “It [Miranda’s winner] could have been another time, but it was in the end.

“The team were concentrating. The corner was the result of a volume of play that we put in the game.”

Miranda was the difference in the international friendly, the unmarked Inter defender rising highest to settle the contest.

“I am very happy, first, to help my team-mates, and to make a goal against Argentina is exciting and rewarding,” the 34-year-old said.

“I dedicate the goal to those who trusted and supported my family. Today I met my wife 16 years ago. and I’m excited, making a goal is very difficult … A kiss for my wife and my children, I want to celebrate the goal with them.”