In a press conference after Fluminense’s victory over Bangu yesterday (1), coach Fernando Diniz addressed his recent departure from the Brazilian team and clarified points about his stay in charge of Fluminense.
Diniz expressed his happiness and thanked him for the opportunity to coach the national team. He highlighted the effort dedicated during his stay, highlighting the challenges faced in the transitionincluding players with physical problems and other more experienced players.
Upon being dismissed by the CBF, Diniz revealed a commitment between the entity’s president, Ednaldo Rodrigues, and the president of Fluminense, Mário Bittencourt. The commitment was not to take it away permanently from the Rio club. The coach confirmed the existence of this conversation and thanked Rodrigues for the commitment mentioned.
Diniz regretted the short time he worked
Diniz lamented the lack of time to show improvements in results, emphasizing that Brazilian football often fails to judge short-term results. With only six games in charge of the national team, he argued that this sample is too small to evaluate more consistent work.
The coach highlighted his conviction that, with more time, the work on selection would yield important results. He mentioned the quality of training and the relationship built with the players and the technical team as positive points of his management.
Diniz exchanged “short messages” with Dorival
Regarding the succession in the National Team, Diniz revealed have exchanged messages short films with Dorival Júnior, his successor, but he has not yet had a face-to-face conversation. Still, he highlighted that both have already started this transition process.
These clarifications from Diniz provide a clearer behind-the-scenes view of the Brazilian team and reinforce his commitment to Fluminense. Now only in charge of the club, the coach seeks to focus on the immediate challenge: Cariocão’s third championship.
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Henrique Neves is an anthropologist by training, but a sportsman by nature. Passionate about volleyball, he learned to play at a young age. He writes about sports and loves doing extreme sports. He has a degree in Communication from PUC-Rio. A fan of Vinicius Jr, he supports Flamengo.