Brazil s coach Andre Jardine looks on prior to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games men s group D first round football match between Brazil and Germany at the Yokohama International Stadium in Yokohama on July 22, AFP
Brazil’s U23 football team coach Andre Jardine announced on Thursday that he has to respect Egypt’s team ahead of the two sides’ scheduled clash on Saturday in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games quarterfinals.
Egypt’s U23 team secured their place in the competition’s top eight after defeating Australia 2-0 in the final day of the group stage on Wednesday after they finished second in the group with four points, just one point behind leaders Spain.
Brazil, who claimed the Gold medal in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, reached the quarterfinals after leading their Group D with 7 points, as they won in two games and drew in one in the group stage games.
“We have to respect every team in the tournament, as there are no idiots in football,” Jardine was quoted as saying on Brazil’s FA official website on Thursday.
“We can’t loiter against Egypt’s team after their achievements in the Tokyo Games,” the Brazilian coach added.
Egypt’s bid for their first ever Olympic medal in football faces a stern test against 2016 gold medalists Brazil on Saturday.
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