The 65-year-old national team coach was once in the Chelsea managerial hot seat, yet his tenure was ultimately short and disappointing.
The former World Cup winning coach however has certainly made a living out of being a national team coach, and his presence demands the respect of his players.
Chelsea currently have a Brazilian contingent at Stamford Bridge, with players David Luiz, Oscar, Ramires and Willian all adorning the Blues kit. The players are currently away together preparing for a friendly game against former World Cup hosts South Africa in Johannesburg.
Ahead of the game, Luiz Felipe Scolari held an interview which was reported by Spanish newspaper AS. The Brazilian boss made some key assumptions, before ultimately issuing a motivational cry which could hugely benefit Jose Mourinho’s side over the next two months.
He said: “I want my players to defend their clubs, live for their clubs and focus on everything necessary.”
“They will only be called up [for the World Cup] if they perform for their clubs. Those who save energy and strength will not make the World Cup selection.”
“I was once a coach of a club, and I say that the players ought to play and to die for their teams because they are the ones who pay the salaries.”
Scolari’s words will be music to the ears for boss Jose Mourinho. With such an important event in the summer, it is entirely plausible that some players will ease up over the next two months to avoid getting any serious injuries – not least the Brazilians.
By threatening such behaviour, Chelsea’s Brazilian contingent will be eager to give their all for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea’s title bid, and it could ultimately decide the destination of the Premier League title.
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