Vinicius, Casemiro & Militao face battle against time to get ready for Levante clash
- The Brazil internationals have returned in Madrid on Thursday after an 11-hour flight from California.
- They suffer from jetlag after spending over 24 hours in the air last week.
- Brazil coach Tite blamed the company in charge of logistics for the players' lack of fitness.
- It's unclear if the Brazilian trio will fit to face Levante.
Now the trio is fighting severe jetlag as they try to recover in time for the Levante clash on Saturday. All in all, the Brazilians spent more than 24 hours in the air last week, first playing against Colombia in Miami and then flying to California to face Peru.
Selesao coach Tite bemoaned the difficult schedule blaming the players' suboptimal physical conditions on logistics of the international break:
"It's all wrong. It directly influences the performance and the health of the players. We were lucky because nobody got injured. It is inconceivable as to how a team at such a high level can have this kind of situation. The company that organised these friendlies is wrong," Tite said after the Peru loss.
"I have my share of the blame because I am part of the Brazilian football federation and that's why I'm here in this position. We have to look after our best players and our team."Casemiro is the one affected the most by the situation. He played 160 minutes on a course of two games, while Militao was on the pitch for 90 minutes against Peru with Vinicius playing 20 minutes in his debut game.
Casemiro isn't looking for excuses though:
"It's part of our profession and we have to deal with these difficulties. When the referee blew the final whistle, my head was in Levante," he said after the game on Tuesday.
There are two companies who are taking charge of Brazil's friendlies planning: The Pitch from Britain and Brazil Global Tour who has the rights to exploit Brazilian games with the Saudi company ISE.
It's unclear if lees than 48 hours will be enough for Casemiro, Militao and Vinicius to fully recover.