Corinthians coach Tite hails Club World Cup chances

The Brazilian side will play either Chelsea or Monterrey in the final of the FIFA tournament having beaten African entrant Al Ahly 1-0 in the semifinals.
Corinthians coach Tite has hailed his side's Club World Cup champion credentials after a 1-0 victory over Al Ahly.

A single first-half goal from Paulo Guerrero was enough to secure a victory for the Brazilian giant in the semifinal of the international club competition, despite a resurgent second-half display from the Egyptian team.

"There is a concrete possibility to get the title now, but this should not distract the players. Yes, we can be champions now, and this - again - is a huge responsibility," Tite told reporters after the match. "We had a great first half, and I am extremely satisfied because we did not concede any chance. In football the two halves can be really different games, but in the end we won. We had to come out of this game with a result, and as the time passed we were focused on that.

"We were dominating the game in the first half also thanks to the supporters. We had to respond positively to them. They helped a lot, they gave us a huge boost, but of course the pressure also increased."

Al Ahly boss Hossam El-Badry was not bitter in defeat, praising the winning side, but he believes his team was better over 90 minutes.

"Corinthians are a big club, a famous team. It was a honor to play against them and I am happy with our performance," he told media after the defeat. "Of course I regret the loss, however, as we made some mistakes, which hindered our expected playing style but, in all honesty, I believe we played better than Corinthians and we deserved to win.

"The overall level of football is still different between us and them. Corinthians did not gave us any space, we did make mistakes but they play at another level compared with Egypt and Africa. We were aggressive, but we could not finish well."

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