Tite, Brazil’s national team coach, has revealed that, in football updates Brazil players oppose to Copa America on home soil.
Messi is playing to win this Copa America for Argentina, who were the initial co-hosts with Columbia for the tournament.
Members of the Brazil national team are deeply unhappy that the has been moved to Brazil in the last week.
But, just weeks before the start of the tournament, Copa America declared a last-minute switch, with Brazil as the hosts.
This was because the political and healthcare strife rendered the original hosts Colombia and Argentina unsuitable to hold Copa matches.
Colombia is dealing with political unrest and Argentina has been rocked by a spike in coronavirus cases.
So, Brazilian authorities agreed to have Brazil step in as hosts last week. However, the players of the Brazilian national team are themselves hesitating to play the tournament in their country.
The manager admitted that Selecao captain Casemiro’s press conference absence on Thursday was related to the turmoil.
Amongst Other Football Updates – Brazil Players Oppose to Copa America on Home Soil
Some Brazilian players are unsure about playing while their country hosts Copa America, their coach said in a news conference.
Tite has revealed that there are ongoing talks between his players and confederation president Rogerio Caboclo about rejecting the switch.
“They’ve (the players) asked to speak directly to the president (Caboclo),” coach Tite said.
“It was a very straightforward conversation. And then the players’ stance has also became very clear. We have a position but we will not reveal it now,” he disclosed.
However, Casemiro did not show up to his scheduled press conference on Thursday because of his displeasure with the situation. He and other Brazilian footballers do not appreciate the last-minute changing of hosts, according to his boss.
“We understand that the situation will become clear after this international break. They (the players) have an opinion, they’ve told it to the president and they will tell it to the people at the right time,” Tite added.
“That was the reason why Casemiro, our skipper, wasn’t here for this interview.”
Brazil have to face Ecuador in World Cup qualifying on Friday but this matter still hangs over the squad.
“Our priority now is to play well and to win against Ecuador,” the Brazil coach said.