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Tite's Brazil go 'forward by moving back' in encouraging win vs. South Korea

Arthur Rowe, boss of Tottenham's famous "Push and Run" 1950-51 side, had some advice for fellow coaches: Write down your starting lineup at the start of the season, he counselled. During the course of the campaign, when things get tough and your mind is confused, take out the piece of paper and have a look. You will probably come to the conclusion that your original idea was the best one.

Brazil coach Tite did something similar with a morale-boosting and highly welcome 3-0 win over South Korea in...

Lionel Messi told Brazil boss Tite to shut up during Argentina win

Alejandro Moreno breaks down Argentina's win over Brazil and raises questions about Tite's job security.

Argentina captain Lionel Messi and Brazil coach Tite exchanged words during the clash between the South American giants on Friday but it was the forward who had the last laugh after his team's good run continued with a 1-0 win in Saudi Arabia.

Messi looked to the touchline and put his fingers to his lips before making another hand sign that appeared to tell the Brazil coach he had too much to say for himself.

Tite admitted he had been complaining to the referee during the first half and said the...

Messi makes the difference but Argentina, Brazil remain works in progress

Next time the two meet will be in CONMEBOL World Cup qualification, the most competitive campaign on the planet. And so it is Argentina who will set off with a spring in their stride on the long road from Riyadh to Qatar, and Brazil who have much to think about after losing 1-0 in Saudi Arabia to a goal from Lionel Messi, returning to international football after a three-month suspension.

Messi's time with his national team has been blighted by the tendency of the defence to self-destruct. It did...