Palmeiras boss questions lack of domestic talent in Chelsea side after Club World Cup defeat

Palmeiras manager Abel Ferreira claimed that his team was never on “a level playing field” with the star-studded Chelsea side after Saturday’s Club World Cup defeat.

It was a dramatic late extra-time win for the Blues, but at the same time, it was a devastating defeat for the Brazilian side.

They were very disciplined defensively for the majority of the game and very close to forcing the game into penalty shootout before a rather unfortunate handball proved costly.

Even Thomas Tuchel admitted that he was impressed by how well Palmeiras defended for 120 minutes.

“They had solidarity and discipline and sacrifice against the ball,” the German said after the game (via Chelsea’s official website)

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“They can defend, they can suffer and with everything together.”

However, while Tuchel was full of praise for the opponents, Palmeiras boss Ferreira was not so impressed by the lack of domestic talent at Chelsea.

“I’m not going to go into details of individual qualities of players,” the Portuguese said in his post-match press conference (via Eurosport)

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“Do you know how many Englishmen were playing? Do you know why I’m sad sometimes?

“How many Brazilians played in my team? How many British men played in the other team?

“Food for thought for you.

“They played against the Libertadores champions, and how many English men were in the Chelsea team?

“I’m not going to speak about anything else because of the work that we did. [But] I’m sorry that sometimes people don’t understand that we are not on a level playing field.

“I don’t pass the responsibility to anyone else, it’s always with me, but it’s also about competence.”

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Well, these comments are eyebrow-raising, to say the least, given Ferreira obviously knew the Chelsea side his team was going to face in the first place.

Tuchel simply picked the team that he felt had the best chance of winning just like any other manager, including Ferreira, would have done.

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