Scolari shrugs off critics

- ASSOCIATED PRESS, SAO PAULO

Aug 5, 2018-

Former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said on Friday that critics would not bother him on his return home to work at Sao Paulo-based giants Palmeiras.

Despite leading Brazil to a World Cup title in 2002, ‘Big Phil’ took a lot of the blame for the team’s humiliating 7-1 defeat against Germany in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals. “7-1, 0-0, 5-5, it does not upset me in any way,” Scolari said on Friday. “The last time Brazil won the World Cup was in 2002 and I was with that team. The last to be defeated in the World Cup was not me. That is over,” he said.

Tite was at the helm for last month’s World Cup quarter-final elimination against Belgium. Asked if he still thinks of the 2014 semi-final, Scolari replied: “It is over, that’s finished. I didn’t lose alone in 2014, I didn’t win alone in 2002. We won and we lost. Life goes on. Who of us does not have a day that goes wrong, that changes the way you think about life?”

After the 7-1 debacle, Scolari spent a few months at Gremio and then left Brazil, promising not to come back any time soon. Last year he repeated that pledge in several interviews. Despite his excitement to be back home, Scolari was not done talking about the 2014 semi-final.

Published: 05-08-2018 08:29

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