THE BALL – Paulo Sousa breaks up with the Flamengo player (Brazil)

Flamengo’s 3-0 victory over Chile’s Universidad Católica, to count for Group HD of the Libertadores Cup group stage (fifth round), was not enough for Paulo Sousa to have calmer days at the Rio de Janeiro club in January.

According to GloboEsporte, the statements of the Portuguese coach on the physical condition of goalkeeper Diego Alves, after the triumph in the South American competition, worsened the already distant relationship between the coach and the goalkeeper, who would have felt revolted by the doubt that the Portuguese coach has put on the severity of his injury, in case of pubalgia.

“If you check what pubic pain is and how long it takes to recover, it doesn’t resolve overnight… Or was it because of a meeting he had with Bruno Spindel (executive director of Flamengo) at lunchtime.. In this one, I know, he said quickly that he had recovered and was available to play,” the coach said of the fact. that the goalkeeper had been absent from the field since the 8th and, suddenly, made himself available to be an option. for the Libertadores game.

According to GloboEsporte, Paulo Sousa is totally against the return of injured players without a training and adaptation period. And it is, for the same reason, that he and Diego Alves distanced themselves from the start of the season, a relationship that takes time to get along.

Diego Alves defended himself and said he made himself available and yes, he told a physio he was “better” on the eve of the game with the Chileans.

Paulo Sousa promised to explain himself better in a press conference after the match against Goiás on Saturday at the Maracanã, but such a commitment does not satisfy Diego Alves.

However, the player wants the coach to make a public retraction before the game.

A curiosity: Diego Alves published on the social network Instagram an emblematic photo of the former striker Adriano, who wore a jersey on which one could read:

“May God forgive these wicked people”.

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