TERESÓPOLIS- Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari defended his record on Wednesday as the football-mad nation struggled to absorb the World Cup debacle against Germany.
A day after Braziland#039s hopes of a sixth World Cup had been crushed in a record 7-1 semi-final defeat to the Germans, Scolari awoke to find many newspapers calling for his head.
But in a combative press conference at Braziland#039s training camp outside Rio, Scolari batted away questions about his future, saying he would not discuss it until the World Cup was over.
And he insisted that despite the catastrophic end to Braziland#039s campaign, the overall performance in the tournament had not been as bad as suggested.
and#034Nobody will die (as a result of the loss). We will look to correct the path of our lives to deal with yesterday´s tsunami,and#034 Scolari said.
and#034If we had lost 1-0 it would not be a catastrophe.
and#034Itand#039s the first time we reached a semi-final since 2002 so maybe our work wasnand#039t so bad,and#034 Scolari said.
and#034We win and we lose together. There are good and bad moments. I know people feel bitterness and shame.
and#034But life goes on. We shall look ahead to other goals, starting with securing third place on Saturday.
and#034I thank my players. In a year and a half together we played 28 games and won 19, drew six and lost three.
and#034In official games we won eight, drew two and lost this one — ok, catastrophically. But this episode is over now. We must look forward.and#034
Scolari has faced calls to go after Tuesdayand#039s debacle in Belo Horizonte.
and#034o To Hell Felipao,and#034 the daily O Dia newspaper said along with a photo splash of the manager holding up seven fingers during the game.
Scolari was adamant however that his side had prepared well.
and#034This defeat hurt us deeply but we had a system going in (to the event) and were confident it would get us results,and#034 Scolari said.
and#034The first 10 minutes we were good but then we conceded and then there followed those six fatal minutes,and#034 he added referring to the disastrous spell where Brazil conceded four goals in six minutes.
and#034We have a good team, good players — most did a good job,and#034 added Scolari, who bemoaned his teamand#039s ability to reproduce the form which won last yearand#039s Confederations Cup.
and#034We did not have the same level as last year,and#034 he said.
and#034We played pretty well in the opening phase but then it was tough against Chile and we were not at our best against Colombia but we pulled out a result. and#034Against Germany, after those few fateful minutes we could not dig ourselves out.and#034
Brazil´s 2002 World Cup-winning coach said his squad remained a work in progress compared to their conquerors.
and#034You have to progress gradually as the Germans have been doing. They are now in their first final,and#034 he said.
Scolari said his future would be settled after the World Cup.
and#034We have a commitment with the CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation) until the end of the World Cup,and#034 he said.
and#034And the end of the World Cup is Saturday,and#034 he added referring to the play-off.
and#034It is only after this game we will talk with the direction of the CBF, thatand#039s when we will decide,and#034 added Scolari, who started a second stint as Brazil coach in December 2012.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor