André Jardine reveals the reason for the call of the former Barcelona player.
After announcing the 18 players called up for the Brazilian Olympic team, André Jardine justified the presence of Daniel Alves, from São Paulo, as one of the three players of legal age (24 years) for the Tokyo Olympics, which will be held between July and August.
“Daniel Alves is a benchmark. He is a name with a great resume, one of the most winners in all of football. He was supposed to be in the Copa América, but unfortunately he got injured. We were looking for someone with the leadership profile and winning spirit. It has an impressive level. It will give us a lot. He has wisdom, leadership. The universe wanted it that way, it put us in front of it for the Olympic team. I saw that he has not yet won the Olympics, we play with that and we want him to have that title. It would be a unique moment, “said Jardine, at a press conference.
The other players of legal age called up were the defender Diego Carlos, from Sevilla, and goalkeeper Santos, from Atlético.
“We understand that they would have to be athletes with a background to join a team that is already quite strong. I think Santos is the main goalkeeper, the competition is very high, impressive, and he has already been called up by Tite. He masters all the fundamentals, he helps to the team under construction. It will give him that touch of experience that we have shown that we would like to have. Diego Carlos is always on Tite’s radar, very high level, he will add a lot of experience and will give weight to our defensive system. “
Last Tuesday, ESPN.com.br exclusively revealed the pre-list of 50 summoned. The CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation) faced many difficulties in obtaining permission from the clubs, as the competition is not held on a FIFA date, which does not oblige the teams to hand over their players.
Preparation for the selection begins on July 1 at the Academia de Futbol, Palmeiras’ training center. Subsequently, the delegation will travel to Doha and travel to Japan on July 15.
The Olympic soccer tournament begins on July 21 and will conclude on August 7. Brazil it is in group D of the competition, along with Germany, Ivory Coast and Saudi Arabia. The team is the current Olympic champion, having won the gold medal in the Rio Games 2016.