Lionel Messi hasn’t had the best of times at the 2019 Copa America tournament, and following the match vs Chile, Brazil coach Tite hits back at the player saying he “has to have a little more respect.”
After a clash with Gary Medel in Argentina’s third-place victory over Chile on Saturday, Messi was controversially sent off from the match.
The FC Barcelona talisman was also furious after Argentina’s semi-final loss to tournament champions Brazil, where he felt his team was denied two penalties.
In the post match interview of Brazil’s triumph over Peru in the final on Sunday, Tite spoke about the 32-year old, indicating he was unhappy at Messi’s behaviour in the tournament.
Speaking to Globo Esport, Tite said “The one that I considered an extraordinary player [Messi], extraterrestrial, put it that way, he has to have a little more respect and to understand and accept when he is beaten”
“We were hampered in a series of games, including the World Cup, so be very careful. I’m responding directly, I’m responding to the greatness he has”.
The 58-year old mentioned Referee decisions going against his team, including the Thiago Silva’s handball call that ultimately led to Peru’s equaliser from the box.
“We played clean against Argentina the whole time. I want to understand this as a moment of… he was sent off unjustly. He didn’t deserve it, who deserved it was [Gary] Medel, so just be careful.”
“We had to go through officiating today, too. We made a legal goal against Venezuela, everyone put it that way. Today, it wasn’t a penalty on Thiago, but we went on, calm, watch out, respect.”