09/06/2021 at 4:43 AM CEST
“You have 24 hours before the game, you have 72 hours before the game … and you do it at the time of the game.” TiteOut of his boxes, he shouted at the members of the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA), accompanied by members of the Federal Police, who had just interrupted Brazil-Argentina, qualifying for Qatar 2022.
The Brazilian coach vehemently expressed his anger at the actions of the local authorities, who had come to the Corinthians stadium to arrest the four Argentine players residing in England (Emiliano Buendía, Emiliano Martinez, Cuti Romero and The Celso), to be deported for alleged breach of current sanitary regulations.
The suspension of the superclassic was the last straw for patience for a not easy week for the gaucho coach. The setbacks had started last Monday when the boycott of the incoming clubs materialized, with the support of the Premier League, to give up nine Brazilian players to play the triple South American qualifying round for the World Cup. “They are not letting us compete with equal opportunities”, complained the coach.
As it was not enough, on Wednesday the Zenit of Saint Petersburg took off demanding the repatriation of Malcom and Claudinho. The CBF showed its defenselessness and appealed to FIFA to apply the rule and the consequent punishments. Brazil beat Chile (0-1), but played badly, very badly and Marquinhos he was cautioned so he missed the match with Argentina. Neymar was stitched up to criticism for his alleged overweight, which masks his poor form at the start of the season.
With a pair of reserve centrals (Lucas Veríssimo and Eder Militao) and a depleted team without the ‘English’, Tite He had conscientiously prepared a game in which he wanted to claim his claim after the loss of the Copa América final, and the extra-field difficulties that were drowning his work this week. And, in that, the Sanitary Surveillance appeared and everything went to hell.
After the meeting was suspended, Tite, much calmer, spoke with his namesake Lionel Scaloni and with Leo Messi, who had gone to communicate that either they were all playing or they were going to Buenos Aires.
With the chip in the game from Wednesday to Thursday against Peru, in Recife, Tite He took advantage of the embarrassing suspension to do a training session on the Neo Química Arena turf, in front of the 1,500 guests of the CBF, who were in the stands. It was the end point of a black day to forget.