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Tite Responds to Criticism after Flamengo and Grêmio Players Called into Brazil Squad

Brazil coach Tite has responded to criticism after calling Gabriel Barbosa, Rodrigo Caio and Everton Cebolinha into his squad for October friendlies against Senegal and Nigeria.

The friendlies fall between the two legs of the Copa Libertadores semi-finals, in which Flamengo and Grêmio will meet.

Fans of both clubs were irritated that key players have been called into the national squad during a crunch time in the Brazilian club calendar.

“It is challenging to have common sense and I try, in my professional life, to look at different sides of the situation for everyone to win,” Tite explained.

“I allow myself to speak to the president of Flamengo and Grêmio, who knows us very well. They know what we have of discretion and care.

“That said, reconciling all factors is humanly impossible. I saw Gabigol say he would be proud to return to the national team. I am giving him the opportunity.

“I want to be ethical and polite. I had Flamengo fans looking at me with Gabigol playing a lot: ‘Wow, Gabigol is playing a lot, and Rodrigo Caio is back,’

“Now I'm looking at the game from above, and the fan look at me and say, 'Gabriel, no! Gabriel, no!'


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