Brazil are the newly crowned champions in South America after defeating Peru 3-1 in the finals of the Copa America. Goals from Everton, Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison gave Brazil their first title in the competition since 2007.
After the game, Brazil’s coach Tite believes Argentina’s superstar Lionel Messi needed to show more respect in defeat after his antics at the Copa America. After the Argentina captain recently claimed the Copa America was set up for Brazil to win, Selecao coach hit out at the Barcelona star, claiming he needs to show more respect and accept when he is in on the losing side. Having seen Argentina lose to Brazil in the semi-finals, before being sent off against Chile in a third-placed play-off, Messi suggested the officials have been favouring the tournament hosts throughout.
It was surprise that Tite who has always show support for Messi has disagree with him on his current protest against COMMEBOL declaring that the five-time Balon d’Or winner was wrong to cast any doubt over their triumph.
“The one I treated as extraordinary, as extraterrestrial, needs to have more respect and accept when he is beaten,” Tite said of Messi post-match. “We were harmed [by referees] in several games. We played fair against Argentina the whole time. “I am being honest. He put huge pressure [on] because of his reputation.”
While unhappy with Messi’s conduct, Tite did concede the Argentine captain shouldn’t have been sent off against Chile. The 32-year-old was involved in a physical exchange with Gary Medel in the first-half with both show straight red cards.
“He was expelled in an unfair way. It was Medel,” Tite said. “For him, it was a yellow card, at max.”
Brazil and Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro was also asked about Messi who is also his rival at club level but played down the Barcelona’s captain comments: “Those who have a mouth speak what they want,” the midfielder told reporters. “It’s not my turn to speak. It’s a delicate issue.
After guiding Brazil to silverware on home soil, Tite is the first manager ever to win the Copa America, the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana. Dani Alves, who was voted player of the tournament, was full of praise for the Selecao coach:“The captain of our boat is Tite,” Alves said. “Congratulations to us and to our people. I repeat, congratulations to our staff . “Playing in the Maracana is always very special. It is our house.”
Alves also spoke up on Messi, telling reporters he doesn’t agree with his former Barcelona teammates: “I don’t agree with what Messi said, we have worked hard to be champions. “We sweat a lot. I can understand that Messi is upset, but I don’t agree that it was set up because we sweat a lot to get this.”
Messi meanwhile had another tournament to forget with Argentina with CONMEBOL also claiming his accusations of favouritism lacked respect. The Barcelona legend refused to accept his third-place medal on Saturday as he declared the Copa America was corrupt.
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