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At the end of May, Kylian Mbappé heated up the atmosphere of the tournament by saying that UEFA nations football is 'better' than Conmebol's.
“Football in South America is not that advanced”, said the French striker.
At the time, 'Dibu Martínez' and Lionel Messi responded to the PSG man by talking about how 'difficult' it is to play in Colombia.
Now, it was the Brazilian coach, Tite's turn to reply.
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'In Colombia, you can't even breathe…'
“Bolivia, in La Paz, Ecuador, with 30 degrees, Colombia, you can't even breathe… They they always play on perfect, wet pitches, and they don't know what South America is. Every time you travel to the National Team it's two days back and forth, you're exhausted and you can't train much,” Emiliano 'Dibu' Martínez had told him about Mbappé's statements, to 'TyC Sports'.
“When an Englishman goes to train with England, in half an hour he is at the venue. Let them go to Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador to see how easy it is for them,” he concluded.
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Then, Lionel Messi , contributed his position to the debate:
“Obviously outside of training we talked, but this time we didn't talk. I didn't see how he said it, or what he said. But many times we talked about it with the boys from Spain, when we came back of a Qualifier and we said, you know how difficult it would be for you to qualify for the World Cup if you had to go to play there. In Colombia, the altitude…, the heat, Venezuela…They all have a different condition that makes it much more difficult and apart from that they are great teams, with great players and football is more even every day regardless of the rival”, explained the Argentine '10'.
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'We have no rival give you a break'
“Perhaps (Mbappé) is talking about Nations matches or European friendlies, but not the Qualifiers for the world Cup. We don't have to play against Azerbaijan. We don't have any rival to give you a break”, Tite said at the start, during his recent interview with 'ESPN'.
“I spoke recently with a Uruguayan columnist and he told me: 'Playing in Bolivia is very difficult. Playing in Cochabamba is very difficult. Playing in Uruguay is very difficult…'. Surely, Mbappé doesn't take that condition into account, he doesn't know about this difficulty, he didn't look for it,” he added.
” The Qualifiers (in South America) have a much higher degree of difficulty than the group stage of the European qualification“, he concluded.
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