Although the matter was treated with caution, the technical committee of the national team and the Brazilian Confederation Council were in tune when they concluded that it was up to the players called up by coach Tite to make every effort to be released by their clubs. Anyone who does not prove it could miss the opportunity to compete in the World Cup in Qatar, in 2022.
There has been a problem recently with English clubs not conceding their players in exchange for Brazil’s commitments to Chile, Argentina and Peru, all of whom are in World Cup qualifiers. The claim was that the mandatory quarantine period, once they returned to the UK, would end with them being left out of matches for their teams.
The Technical Committee is aware that many athletes have been in an awkward position regarding the status of their clubs. But Tite believes that the players have to do everything, even respect the managers of their clubs, in order to ensure their presence in the Brazilian national team. Assistant coaches think the same way.
In the Brazilian Football Confederation, it is no different. Even while acknowledging that there are difficulties imposed by clubs, the feeling in the federation is that players must challenge those who create obstacles to submission.
Among those in the middle of the shootout, the athletes, can’t be blamed for following the handbook of those who pay them every month – the clubs.
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