Brazil boss Tite at peace after record-breaking qualifying campaign

LA PAZ, March 30 (Xinhua) — Brazil manager Tite said he felt at peace after his team beat Bolivia 4-0 here on Wednesday to remain undefeated in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

Richarlison scored twice while Lucas Paqueta and Bruno Guimaraes were also on target as Brazil secured their 14th win in 17 games on the last match day of the South American qualifying tournament.

“The performance exceeded our expectations,” Tite said of Wednesday’s result in the rarefied air of the Hernando Siles stadium, situated 3,600 meters above sea level.

“The fact we were able to maintain our level and win by that margin in the face of such adversity surpassed anything that we could have hoped for.”

Brazil now have 45 points from 17 matches in this qualifying campaign, a new South American record. The points tally could increase again in the coming weeks if Brazil’s suspended home qualifier against Argentina is replayed, as expected.

“The overriding feeling I have now is one of peace,” Tite said. “We’ve all worked as hard as we possibly can to get to where we are.”