Tite: Italy failure a reminder of qualifying difficulties

Italy missing the World Cup was a reminder to every nation, according to Brazil coach Tite.

Gianluigi Buffon after his last Italy match   -  Getty Images

Brazil coach Tite warned Italy's failure to qualify for the World Cup was a reminder that reputations meant nothing.

Italy missed out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after being edged in a play-off by Sweden.

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Tite's men had no such problems, cruising through the tough CONMEBOL qualifying to book their spot in Russia.

But the 56-year-old said Italy's failure was a reminder of just how difficult qualifying is.

Brazil coach Tite   -  Getty Images


"As for Italy, it's important for us to see this, because you have to give importance to qualifying," Tite said after his side's 0-0 draw with England on Tuesday.

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"It's really difficult to do this, it's really difficult to get to a World Cup and only the history, only the weight of the shirt, doesn't get you to a World Cup anymore.

"In this era of high quality football, you cannot count on this.

"Italy couldn't make the World Cup from their group, or against Sweden."

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Brazil is considered one of the favourites to win the World Cup after its impressive qualifying campaign.

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