‘Our physique was brutally demanded at the Worlds’

Palmeiras midfielder Felipe Melo attributed the team’s poor performance at the 2020 Club World Cup – the team fell in the semifinal against Tigres (MEX), and was also defeated on penalties in the third place match against Al Ahly (EGI) – to the physical issue. The player stated that the palmeirense squad was demanded “in a brutal way” during the competition.

“Honestly, I don’t see the blame on the psychological side, I see the blame on the physical side. Due to the pandemic, the form that was required of our physical aspect was brutal. We leave here in São Paulo and go to Doha, it’s five or six hours difference. We were exchanging the night for the day and this is very complicated. While we take the Mexican team that, instead of 80 games, had 40 games in the season and arrived a week earlier “, pondered Felipe Melo in an interview with Bola da Vez , from ESPN Brasil, which will air tomorrow.

“We lost on penalties of the team from Egypt, which was nearby, so much so that there were many fans at the stadium. I could see that the boys were already tired: ‘If the boys are like this, imagine us, that we have a little more experience and experience in football ‘. It was very complicated “, he continued.

In the opinion of Felipe Melo, in the face of adverse circumstances, Palmeiras did the best they could at the World Cup. The midfielder pointed out that the team returned to show strength in the final of the Brazil Cup, when there was time for the players’ physical recovery.

“There is no way to blame anyone because the pandemic made this happen. We did our best. Thank God, we came back and demonstrated our value once again by beating the great team that is Grêmio in the Copa do Brasil”, completed.

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