Corinthians manager Vitor Pereira has sparked a minor debate in Brazil when he claimed he wants to “coach” Premier League giants Liverpool, it has been reported torcedores.
Now your reaction depends on how you interpret Pereira’s comments.
For some it was nothing more than a solid slap in the face from his current employers, proof that Pereira sees he deserves a bigger club in a bigger league.
But that accuses the former Porto boss that would miss the point entirely.
After all, context is everything.
Following Corinthians’ 1-1 draw with Sao Paulo on Sunday, Pereira was questioned about his apparent reluctance to play attacker Roger Guedes at his preferred position on the left.
And his answer was, to put it simply, the very definition of hyperbole.
“If you ask me (I would say) I wanted to coach Liverpool, with all the respect I have for Corinthians,” says Pereira.
Vitor Pereira to Liverpool?
You don’t need a clairvoyant streak to realize that Pereira indicates that sometimes you have to compromise on your dreams. Given the election, the 53-year-old would love to take charge of Liverpool. Given the choice, Roger Guedes would prefer to start every game on the left wing.
But the desires of the individual pale in comparison to the needs of the collective.
“It’s not what we want, it’s what the team needs,” adds Pereira. “Sometimes the team needs Roger on the left, sometimes he’s in the middle or on the right.”
However, Pereira’s fairly crystal-clear explanation isn’t enough for some, as reporter Luis Augusto Simon – aka Menon – goes quite spectacularly wrong.
“Pereira has no chance at Liverpool either,” he writes UOL Esports. “The foreign coaches here in Brazil are professionals from the second division in Europe.
“Vitor Pereira has never managed a club as big as Corinthians. He will never make it to Liverpool with a CV like that. Never.”
Pereira, you may recall, was about to join Everton a couple of months ago and made a rather ill-considered move Sky Sports Interview before a rather impassioned response from The Toffees supporters forced Farhad Moshiri to pull the plug.
If Pereira has learned anything this year, it’s that sometimes it’s better to keep calm.
In other news, Aurelien Tchouameni finally decides between Liverpool and Real Madrid
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