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“The players are here to play all three games” – Argentine manager confirms Tottenham Hotspur duo will not leave early
By Eddie Razo -

CONMEBOL’s FIFA World Cup Qualifiers are ongoing, but with South America being on the United Kingdom’s red list, clubs either negotiated their player’s release or withheld them from departing. 

That wasn’t the case for the Argentine players who opposed orders not to travel on international duty. As a result, there are some issues regarding when these players will be returning. 

For example, Tottenham negotiated with the Colombian national team to have Davinson Sanchez return after Sunday’s game against Paraguay. However, Sky Sports News reports that the north London-based club did no such deal as the Sanchez one with the Argentina national team.

Tottenham is entangled in a new club-versus-country confrontation as their Argentine players jeopardize missing out on the next two Premier League fixtures. Nonetheless, manager Lionel Scaloni states that every player on the squad is there to participate in all three matches.

“We gave the list for the three games, and there are no doubts about that,” Scaloni said. “The players are here to play all three games. We never had a refusal from the clubs. We spoke and reached a conclusion that they had to come.”

Suppose Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero remain for all three games. In that case, it means they’ll miss the fixtures at Crystal Palace next Saturday, Tottenham’s Europa Conference League opener at Stade Rennais on September 16, along with their clash against Chelsea on September 19.

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England Mike
England Mike
4 months ago

It’s no wonder we cant get the best out of Lo Celso, since he’s been with us it’s been a lot of disruption for him one way or another, this needs sorting out.

eddie
eddie
4 months ago

I’ve always felt that the minnow nations should play qualifyig matches to progress to the WC proper,in much the same way as smaller club sides have to qualify for the Euro leagues.

This way you would reduce the number of meaningless games where the top sides run up a cricket score even with a reserve side out.

As for the quarantining upon return that is current government policy,so unless they change the rules it won’t make much difference.

As the majority of foreign internation players are already in Europe why not have the South American matches played over here whilst this covid nonsense is with us.

EssexSpur
EssexSpur
4 months ago

If they play all 3 games, they will only be available for one game before the next International break, when it happens all over again, Surely we will not release them for the next break under those circumstances, so the Argie manager will be shooting himself in the foot!

Finn
Finn
4 months ago

I have long felt that the International scene has become passe: we have players getting caps and accumulating goal and assist stats playing “international sides” that have smaller populations than the stadium capacity – they could literally pick a team from the crowd!

It seems to me that unless there is a quarantine exemption with the destination being considered safe, then the games should simply not be played. I’m sure we’ll all miss seeing top quality players humbled by the likes of the Faroe Islands, but I’m sure we’ll get by just fine enjoying the domestic fare…..

Scheduling and playing these games is utter arrogance from the greedy, power hungry, out of sync execs at FIFA whose view of the world doesn’t extend much past the Euro/Dollar/Pound or the media empires who feed it to them.

For me the internationals are about as welcome as jury duty………….

Add the Euros and the other mooted competitions, UEFA ruthlessly exploiting the players and we’ll see these guys unable to perform at their best.

I think the clubs may find themselves wrestling between sanctions for not releasing players and issues relating to duty of care for their employees…….

It’s getting disgustingly exploitative…….

Last edited 4 months ago by Finn
East Stand
East Stand
4 months ago

What can you do about it? Have a decent enough squad to cope, it’s the call of our recruitment policy, over to you ‘oh great bald one’…

Cabspur
Cabspur
4 months ago

In normal circumstance its fine you know what you get when you sign foreign players and what tournaments they will be involved in.
Do they really need to play the last game against Boliva maybe a bit of meet in the middle?
Fooking bit of a lib take from no show who has showed little {apart from internationals} and our new much fabled centre back .2 months wages for nada.

East Stand
East Stand
4 months ago
Reply to  Cabspur

At least we aren’t in the Champions League, we can put the kids out against ‘Belarusian Sheet Metal Workers FC’ in the Comedy Conference League…

Cabspur
Cabspur
4 months ago
Reply to  Cabspur

Wouldn’t know ya tube ,haven’t seen him yet and won’t for awhile it seems.

Irish spur
Irish spur
4 months ago

International football in no way whatsoever interfere with club football..a player should not miss a club match over international games..Clubs pay the wages full stop.end of discussion. Also international football bar the top teams Sucks.

Archibald&Crooks
Archibald&Crooks
4 months ago

One of those annoying scenarios where you can see all sides.
Hurts the club though.
We have enough to contend with Son’s travels but these 2…………….

East Stand
East Stand
4 months ago

I don’t blame the players particularly. It’s up to the club and the National teams to sort this mess out….

Scottish Yiddo
Scottish Yiddo
4 months ago
Reply to  East Stand

defo not the players fault anyway or form every player wants to play for national team n have every right to is picked but this is another one off they gentleman’s agreement again if levy can go back on so does anyone else I hate gentleman’s agreement always get it in writing

East Stand
East Stand
4 months ago
Reply to  Scottish Yiddo

I don’t there was any agreement to let him go, just an agreement that the team would be backed to help it be competitive at the top level, after we moved. Levy went back in his word, very gentlemanly…

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