President Lula de Silva of Brazil has expressed skepticism about Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment as the next Brazil boss.
Brazil president suggested that Ancelotti should instead focus on resolving Italy’s issues, mainly since the Azzurri failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup. In contrast, President Lula admires interim manager Fernando Diniz, praising his creativity and personality.
“He was never Italy’s coach. Why doesn’t he solve Italy’s problems, they didn’t even play in the last World Cup?” he questioned during an interview on the SBT channel.
The president attributes Brazil’s recent struggles in major tournaments to a shortage of top-quality players rather than shortcomings in coaching.
“The problem is not Diniz; the problem is that we don’t have the quality of players that we had in other times,” he stated.
The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) has officially declared that Ancelotti will become the manager of Brazil’s national team in mid-2024. CBF president Ednaldo Rodrigues disclosed that Diniz will serve as the interim coach for one year, after which Ancelotti will assume the position following the conclusion of his contract with Real Madrid in the summer of 2024.