Like Neymar, Tite does not dare whereas, in Europe, coaches like Roberto Mancini has shown everyone how to bring the best out of a young unit if you just pass your daring mentality to them – such mentalities are contagious and captures not only the imagination of the players but the others as well
Football unites people in Brazil and Argentina and also, football divides the supporters of these two teams worldwide at the same time. For many years the contest between Argentina and Brazil has not been limited to just football, but it has become more than just a mere game.
The Colombia journey in the Copa America 2021 has not been that bad in the end. After fighting and neck and neck against the favourites Argentina in the semifinals, they would leave Brazil with their heads high after a poor start. In the third place play-off against Peru, they came out as the winners and completed a tournament with a lot of positives to take.
Peru were the opponent of Brazil in the final of the Copa America 2019 edition and they met again in the semifinal this year. In a pretty entertaining final Brazil beat Peru to lift the Copa America title for the ninth time but this time around, it was quite a scratchy affair, where Brazil won narrowly.
While Uruguay picked up the momentum as the matches in the group stages progressed, Colombia were really struggling and at one point their qualification for the next round was at stake, but they managed to salvage respect and secure a place in the last eight where they stunned Uruguay and claimed a place in the semifinals.
The quarterfinal match against Chile was tight and when Gabriel Jesus was shown a red card, it became challenging for the Selecao to pull off this match, still, they maintained their authority, but the numerical advantage always bothered and in the end, Brazil survive the Chilean scare.
The criterion of Uruguay is that they are slow starters in a major event and gradually pick their tempo. In this year’s Copa America, they started with a defeat and then drew and tonight registered a victory. The display might not be eye-catching but still, the whole unit seems steady.
Since that quarterfinal encounter between Brazil and Colombia, the clash between the two countries has never been the same. It offers more ragged displays rather than rhythmic football and controversies just add more fuel. The Group Match encounter was no different either – Brazil won in a tight finish but the match left a bad taste due to a controversial referee decision.
Argentina stretch their unbeaten run to 16 matches after beating Paraguay by 1-0 whereas Uruguay earned their first point in Copa America after drawing against Chile. The outcome is, however, good for Chile who advance to the quarterfinals along with Argentina.
The answer is NO! Because the safety of the players and emotional state of the nation is more important than hosting such a mega-event - Not only Brazil but the rest of the countries in Latin America are devastated by the Pandemic and it would be sensible enough not to host the event this year.
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