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Scolari unfazed by Blues pressure

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Scolari led Brazil to World Cup success in 2002

Chelsea's new manager Luiz Felipe Scolari insists he can handle the pressure of expectation from the club's hierarchy and fans.

Former Brazil and Portugal coach Scolari, who took over on 1 July, said: "I know the pressure to win every game.

"We have a pressure and I know how to manage it as in Brazil they eat and sleep football - it is all football.

"So because of pressure from my own people I think I am prepared for this and in my mind I feel prepared."

Scolari led Brazil to a World Cup triumph in 2002 and has won the Copa Libertadores, which is the South American equivalent of the Champions League, twice with Gremio and Palmeiras.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich appears desperate to win the Champions League and he will be hoping Scolari is the man to deliver that prize after former bosses Jose Mourinho and Avram Grant failed on that front.

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And Grant was sacked at the end of last season when Chelsea were beaten to both the Premier League title and Champions League trophy by Manchester United.

"For a long time I have been a player and coach and in that time I have wanted to win and if I lost it was difficult to accept," added Brazilian Scolari.

"Maybe in life you need to fight and I don't accept not winning.

"Me and my staff and players and the board want to win all the competitions. I think we have the potential to win all competitions that we have entered.

"We want the best for Chelsea and the players and fans. I don't know how many championships we will win - one, two, three - but we will try to win them all."

Scolari has spoken to both midfielder Frank Lampard and striker Didier Drogba after both were linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge.

But the Brazilian said both were part of his plans, while John Terry would remain as the club's captain.

Scolari wants to create a family atmosphere within the Blues camp but is yet to decide on who he is prepared to offload.

If it's possible we will try to play beautiful football but sometimes if you want to win you cannot play like that

Luiz Felipe Scolari

"I respect my players," he said. "I like my players as a family. I give them all that they need and I want respect for me and my staff. I want dedication.

"I want them happy because football is beautiful.

"I don't know now how many changes I need to make. I need to train and see the players.

"You need to know the group and the character and qualities and then after this I can say who we need and do not need."

The 59-year-old was unconcerned about any possible involvement in team affairs from Abramovich.

"I have met him (Roman) two times and we have a very good relationship," he said.

"I have respect for him and vice versa. When we discuss Chelsea and players it is normal."

Chelsea have been accused of lacking a flair to their football under Mourinho and Grant and Scolari will work to improve that reputation - but not at the cost of a winning.

"If it's possible we will try to play beautiful football but sometimes if you want to win you cannot play like that.

"Sure I want to win and play beautiful but sometimes it is impossible."

Mourinho hailed himself as 'The Special One' at his first news conference and when asked if he was special Scolari answered: "Yes.

"I am special for my friend, family and country. As a manager - so, so."




see also
Lampard wants to stay - Scolari
08 Jul 08 |  Chelsea
Scolari named as Chelsea manager
11 Jun 08 |  Chelsea


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