Brazilian coach Tite called up, on Friday, nine new players to qualify for the South American region for the 2022 World Cup, in order to overcome the European clubs’ refusal to release their players for the international window in September.
Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF)No player selection is voided for these September matches. However, due to uncertainty about player availability, especially from the UK, and in the absence of an effective resolution, we have decided to call other players to the initial roster.Said Juninho Paulista, national team coordinator.
The English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese leagues support the right of their clubs not to release players in countries deemed by the relevant authorities to be at risk of contracting Covid-19. Thus, the clubs intend to avoid quarantine when their stars return from South America, which will deprive them in particular of the first day of the Champions League, on September 14 and 15.
Tite appears to have succumbed to not being able to count on 15 of the 25 players he has previously contacted, most of whom play in the Premier League. So Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino at Liverpool, Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho at Manchester City and Richarlison at Everton are worried. In addition, two of the nine players called up on Friday, Vinicius and Matthews Nunes, play for Real Madrid (Spain) and Sporting Lisbon (Por) respectively.
«Our preparation begins in three days. We repeat: Qualifiers for us are already the World Cup, and that’s why we can’t wait any longerTo see which players from the initial list will be available.
Among the nine players called up for matches against Chile on September 2, Argentina on September 5 and Peru on September 9 are veteran Hulk and new Marseille Gerson.
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