Sunday, February 18, 2018

Scolari quiet over future after loss to Dutch


EMBATTLED: Luiz Felipe Scolari

Mark Fraser

Luiz Felipe Scolari insisted that his future would be decided by the Brazilian football federation after the hosts’ World Cup campaign ended in another defeat. Brazil’s tournament ended with a 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in Saturday’s third-place play-off, leaving the home team demoralised after their 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany in the semi-finals.

Scolari will now hold talks with the Brazilian FA before a decision is made on his future, but regardless of his own fate he believes the team can take some positives. “It is up to the president to decide. We will hand in a final report and then leave it to him to analyse what needs to be done,” Scolari told reporters. “I’m not going to discuss (my future) with you. Winning or losing that is what we would have done.”

Scolari added: “We must praise our players even though we came up short at the end of the tournament. We didn’t play badly today. I’ve managed in three World Cups. I’ve finished among the top four teams every time. I know the 7-1 defeat was the worst ever. But I can see a positive side. “When a team let in seven and then concede within two minutes of the next game, it changes your perspective. I don’t see how I can criticise my team today. We played well, battled back after going behind, had chances.”