Brazil national team’s head coach Dunga claims Real Madrid manager Zinédine Zidane lied about defender Marcelo’s situation prior to the World Cup qualification tie against Uruguay.
Dunga’s men were held to a 2-2 draw at home on Friday by Uruguay -no thanks to Luis Suarez marked his return from international ban after almost two years in a South American World Cup qualifying fixture.
Dunga hit back at Zidane by claiming that he has proof to prove it was the former World Player of the year Zidane who lied about the situation of the left-back Marcelo, prior to the call up for Brazil’s games against Uruguay and Paraguay.
In an interview on Thursday during the eve of the match against the Uruguayans at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, the coach of the Brazilian team said he can display the WhatsApp messages that were exchanged between the medical department of Brazil and Real Madrid to show why they didn’t called up Marcelo. Dunga said:
“It’s not the time to talk about it now. But you know me well. I have many flaws, but above all I’m clear. After the game, I’ll talk to the doctor to show the WhatsApp messages which were exchanged with them. And you will have all the truth.” Dunga is quoted as saying on sambafoot.com.
On the day Dunga announced the list, Dunga said Marcelo was not called up because of an injury, and picked Filipe Luís and Alex Sandro instead. Days later, however, Real Madrid coach Zidane accused Dunga of lying regarding Marcelo, and the player was a starter in the UEFA Champions League win over Roma.
Brazil took a two-goal lead in the first half hour of the match and appeared to be cruising with goals from Douglas Costa and Renato Augusto but were denied maximum points no thanks to poor defending that allowed Edinson Cavani and Suarez to level the match in the second half.