The coach also explained the call of Daniel Alves, from São Paulo, a veteran who was not part of the cycle for the Tokyo Games

EFE / Antonio Lacerda POOLPedro was summoned to defend the Brazilian team at the Tokyo Olympic Games

coach of Brazilian olympic team, André Jardine he said on Tuesday, 29, that he awaits the striker Pedro, do Flamengo, in the presentation of the squad that will compete in the Tokyo OlympicsO. So far, the center forward has not been released by the Rio club. “Pedro is a player who lives a great moment. Here at the national team I take a lot of pains to do justice to what athletes are doing in their clubs. We know that many work to reach the national team. And even with Flamengo’s request, we understood in the first place that Pedro deserved to be on the Olympics list because he worked for it. It turned out that in the last stage he had two fantastic performances, scoring goals. And for me it was the final stamp that he hadn’t had yet”, said the coach, who also addressed the controversy with Rubro-Negro.

“Whether Flamengo will release or not, what I usually say to Branco (coordinator of CBF’s youth teams) and the directors, when I make the list, we use a lot of common sense because it’s not a FIFA date. . We know that we will need the clubs’ understanding and partnership. There is no imposition, there is no fight with any club. There is partnership. If the club does not want to release, we have to understand the reasons and choose another one. But in the case of Flamengo, at the same time we take great care here not to harm any club, and in many moments I relented not to take more Flamengo players when the main team already had two or three players on some FIFA date. So we often use that common sense. But while we don’t want to harm, we cannot benefit. If there is a player who deserves to be on the list, how am I not going to call him up if other clubs are also going to give up players?”, he continued.

Jardine he also explained the call of Daniel Alves, from São Paulo, a veteran who was not part of the cycle for the Tokyo Olympic Games. “Daniel met the prerequisites for overage players. We were looking for a leader, a player with a winning selection record. And then there is no player more winning than Dani. And one characteristic that I really like is that he is a player capable of fulfilling any tactical role that the coach asks him to do. Come from the inside, as guard-back, as Tite likes to say. Be it as a full-back, as he has been playing with (Hernán) Crespo, at São Paulo. The fact is that he is an excellent player and will add a touch to our team. Where I’m going to use it goes from each game, using it in different roles, even to surprise the opponent”, he declared.

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