Tite can’t guarantee Brazil will play Copa America
Brazil head coach Tite cannot guarantee the participation of the Copa America champions this month as some players oppose the showpiece tournament on home soil.
The 2021 Copa America is scheduled to take place in Brazil, starting June 13, following CONMEBOL’s decision to relocate the event.
Postponed from 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Copa America had been due to be shared between Colombia and Argentina, though both countries were removed as co-hosts following respective political and COVID-19 issues. Brazil have been awarded hosting rights in pursuit of back-to-back titles, despite being one of the country’s worst hit by the COVID-19 health crisis.
However, it remains to be seen whether Tite’s Brazil will compete due to their displeasure over the relocation of the Copa America. Amid ongoing talks as Brazil prepare for Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Ecuador, Tite told reporters: “We have a very clear opinion [about the Copa America], after seeing the entire chronological sequence of events, Juninho and I spoke with the president and told him our opinion.
“We asked the players to work focused solely on preparing for the game against Ecuador, they accepted this request and asked us for a conversation with the president to tell him what their opinion is, because all the players are very clear about what they want. “They spoke directly with the president and the coaching staff, from there their position is very clear. We want to tell the fans what they think, but not now so that we can prioritize playing well and winning the game against Ecuador. “You have my commitment that at the end of these games we will tell publicly what the position is.”
Brazil are in Group B for the Copa America, alongside Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela. The Selecao are due to open their campaign against Venezuela on June 13. Tite, whose Brazil are unbeaten and atop the World Cup qualifying standings, added: “All this has a negative effect in the face of the game with Ecuador, but we have to have the greatness to be able to play well and win the game.”