The Brazilian soccer coach, Adenor Leonardo Bachi ‘Tite’, affirmed this Saturday that the organization of the America’s Cup 2021, assigned at the last minute for Brazil, was “disastrous”, reiterated the opposite position of the group to the realization of the tournament, but denied any type of “self-sabotage”.
“When a championship is done disastrously, quickly, excessively like the Conmebol It did it, it is subject to that and it will do it again, regardless of the country, “he declared. Tite at the press conference on the eve of the first match against Venezuela.
Brazil, which fulfilled this Saturday fifteen months of pandemic by coronavirus, with almost 17.3 million confirmed cases and 485 thousand deaths, agreed to carry out this edition of the tournament, after Colombia, due to public order problems, and Argentina, due to the health crisis, were withdrawn as headquarters.
The acceptance to host the tournament by the Government of the President, Jair Bolsonaro, aroused criticism from various sectors of society, mobilized requests before the Supreme Court for its cancellation and led the players to express their position.
According Tite, the coaching staff, the players and the manager of the National Team, Juninho Paulista, asked the president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Rogerio Caboblo that the tournament was not played in Brazil.
“We were loyal and we asked for it before (it became official). We did not want it out of respect for everything that the country lives and on the sentimental side. They asked us for time and we were at the mercy, then the situation was defined and we were exposed. we demonstrate jointly, but we are proud to represent the country, “he said.
Despite the position contrary to the holding of the tournament on Brazilian soil, which was manifested after the match in Asunción by the South American World Cup qualifying of Qatar 2022 and that with the victory over Paraguay (0-2) ratified Brazil in the lead with 18 points, Tite denied that there is any “self-sabotage.”
“There is no cane or a crutch (to apologize). We are going to play with the demand and I am going to charge them because it is our responsibility and what we chose,” when agreeing to participate in the tournament, the coach pointed out at the press conference in Sao Paulo, before boarding for Brasilia.
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The match between Brazil Y Venezuela this Sunday at the Mané Garrincha stadium in the Brazilian capital, by Group B, will start this edition of the oldest national team tournament in the world that will be played with ten teams in the cities of Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Goiania and Cuiabá until July 10.