RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazil not only faces Argentina in World Cup qualifying next month but also the ghost of the 7-1 debacle against Germany in the 2014 World Cup semifinals, coach Tite said on Friday. Brazil plays Lionel Messi’s side in the same Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on Nov. 10. Five days later, Brazil is in Peru. “The psychological work has been perfectly placed. We have to see that two years have passed. That time has brought us maturity,” Tite said at his squad announcement. “It is the same stadium, but we have to know that this is a different moment.” There were few changes to the squad, which features the return of Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa and Real Madrid defender
A roundup of Saturday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights… Valencia 2-3 Barcelona Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez led Barcelona back from 2-1 down to take all three points at the Mestalla Stadium and reclaim the top spot in La Liga. There’s lots to unpack here, beginning with the nasty tackle that’ll keep Andres Iniesta (knee ligament damage) out of action for up to two months. Then there was the controversial fashion in which Messi gave Barca an early lead. Valencia hit back twice before Suarez drew the visitors level again, and Messi converted from the penalty spot in the 93rd minute to seal the victory, at which point Neymar was hit by a bottle thrown onto the field by someone in the stands.
Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti has admitted to building his Real Madrid side around the positional demands of Cristiano Ronaldo. The 57-year-old enjoyed a successful spell at the Santiago Bernabeu between 2013 and 2015, ending the club's 12-year wait for their 10th Champions League title in 2014 while also claiming the Copa del Rey, the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup. Ronaldo thrived in Ancelotti's 4-3-3 system, scoring 51 goals in 47 appearances in their Decima-winning campaign, and he publicly called for the Italian to stay in charge shortly before he was sacked and replaced by Rafael Benitez.