Mon, 06 Dec 2021

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Brazil and Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson has bemoaned his national team's lack of fixtures against European rivals ahead of next year's FIFA World Cup.

The five-time world champions have not met European opponents since March 2019, when they beat the Czech Republic 3-1 in Prague.

"These tests are really, really necessary because it's difficult for us to play against a good European team," Ederson told TNT Sports.

"I don't know if we'll have the opportunity to play [a European side] before the World Cup, so it's difficult. I don't know what the plan is or who makes decisions in relation to this. I think the [strategy] should change but these are not our decisions," the 28-year-old added.

Last month, Brazil head coach Tite said efforts to play more often against European opponents were hampered by the packed international football calendar. Opportunities have become even more scarce since the UEFA Nations League began in 2018.

Brazil are among 13 teams to have already qualified for the 2022 World Cup, which will be played in Qatar from November 21 to December 18.

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