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Tite frustrated with European clubs refusing to release players

Sun 05 September 2021 | 7:11

Ahead of the international break, several English and Spanish clubs refused to release players traveling to red list countries.

Due to regulations, captain Thiago Silva, goalkeeper Alisson, Fred, Renan Lodi, Gabriel Jesus, Richarlison, and Roberto Firmino didn’t join up with Tite’s side as he slams on European advantage over South America.

“I feel that there must be equality for all teams and I trust the good sense of the associations," Tite said at Saturday's pre-game news conference.

"That hurts the preparation of Brazil and all the South American football teams that will be left without the same preparation for the World Cup, giving an advantage to the European teams."

 

Topping the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying with a perfect record with seven wins from seven games, 

Brazil will face second-placed Argentina

, the side they lost the Copa America finals to a few months ago.

Argentina head-coach Scaloni yesterday confirmed

 they’ll have their captain Lionel Messi fit for the match despite the challenge that he had with Luis Martinez in Argentina’s previous match against Venezuela.

"Leo is okay," 

he said. 

"This afternoon, we'll train and focus on the pitch. Those who played against Venezuela didn't touch the ball yesterday [Friday].

"We'll know 100 percent this afternoon. In principle, he's fine. It was a big scare, but that's how it stayed."

 

On their opponents, 

Brazil

, Scaloni added: 

"They're coming off an incredibly positive streak and they're at the same level whoever plays, with players of quality in every position.

"These are opponents of enormous quality, of enormous attacking power. If you're not ready for that, you can suffer. If you don't think the opponent can hurt you, you're making a mistake.

"We know that it can happen at some point, but we also know what we have to do when we have the ball. We only have one way to play: go deep with the ball into the opposition half."

 


source: SportMob

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