Brazil is set to meet with their biggest rival in South America in one of November’s biggest football clash.
Both managers of the Brazilian and Argentinean national team sides are meeting in the South American classico for the first time. The Brazilian counterpart, Tite goes into the affair as the one that has made the most impression since taking over the top job in Brazil.
Tite has enjoyed a perfect start since taking over. He has supervised stunning victories for the Selecao. However, Argentina would always be a different challenge. This is also the first time the team would return to the Mineirao stadium since the 7-1 humiliation by Germany at the 2014 World Cup they hosted.
On the other hand, Argentina national team boss Edgardo Bauza has had it a bit tough since he took over the team. The two-time Copa Libertadores winner is a familiar face in Brazil. He managed Sao Paulo before leaving to take up the job after former coach Gerardo Martino resigned. He started well, defeating Uruguay 1-0 but has supervised draws against Venezuela and Peru before a disappointing home loss to Paraguay.
Tite has coached Brazil to the top of the current standings in the Copa America set-up, setting them up for automatic qualification. Argentina place fifth – outside an automatic qualification spot for Russia in 2018. Tite enjoys the admiration of everyone in Brazil and is tagged the best Brazilian coach in the game. Bauza got his job ahead of many high-profile coaches who pose more successes. To put this in perspective, 13 out of 32 coaches at the 2016 Copa Libertadores were Argentinean. Only three were Brazilian. With both teams hungry to seal their qualification hopes, the game sets up an interesting clash but the bookers seem to favour Brazil on this one.