Brazil boss Tite calls for ‘common sense’ amid row with clubs

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Brazil’s head coach Adenor Leonardo Bacchi “Tite” reacts during a group B match between Brazil and Colombia at the American Cup 2021 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 23, 2021. (Photo by Rahel Patrasso/Xinhua)

Brazil manager Tite calls for ‘common sense’ after being left without five regular starters for World Cup qualifiers due to Premierships clubs’ refusal to release players.

SAO PAULO, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) — Brazil manager Tite on Saturday called for common sense to prevail in the dispute between clubs and national teams over the availability of players during the coronavirus pandemic.

Tite has been left without five regular starters for World Cup qualifiers against Chile, Argentina and Peru after most Premier League clubs refused to release their South American players because of Britain’s COVID-19 quarantine protocols.

“I spoke with [Chile manager Martin] Lasarte and he told me that it’s absurd what they’re doing to us,” Tite told a news conference ahead of his team’s clash with Argentina at Corinthians Arena on Sunday.

“There needs to be equality so that every team has all of their players available. It’s not just harming Brazil. It’s hurting all South American sides because the conditions are not equal and they’re not able to properly prepare for the World Cup.”

Despite fielding an understrength team, Brazil beat Chile 1-0 in Santiago on Thursday. Following Sunday’s duel with the Albiceleste, Tite’s men will travel to the northeastern Brazilian city of Recife for a clash with Peru on Thursday.a group of people playing football on a field© Provided by N.C.N. Limited

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In total, 12 players from Tite’s original squad are absent, including Liverpool trio Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino; Manchester City’s Ederson and Gabriel Jesus; Chelsea’s Thiago Silva; Manchester United’s Fred; Everton’s Richarlison and Leeds’ Raphinha.

In addition, Claudinho and Malcom were last week prevented from travelling to Brazil by their club Zenit Saint-Petersburg.

Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni also urged football’s authorities to find a solution ahead of the next triple header of South American qualifiers in October.

“There needs to be a clear position,” Scaloni said during a news conference earlier on Saturday.

Five-time world champions Brazil currently lead the 10-team South American World Cup qualifying group with seven wins from as many matches, six points ahead of second-placed Argentina.  ■

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