Scolari: Brazil on new path
01 July 2013, 14:05
Rio de Janeiro - Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari insisted his side
were still a work in progress despite their Confederations Cup
masterclass against world champions Spain here Sunday.
the architect of Brazil's last World Cup victory in 2002, was the
proudest man in the Maracana on Sunday as his remodeled team overwhelmed
the fabled Spaniards 3-0 courtesy of two goals from Fred and a sublime
effort from Neymar.
With the World Cup on Brazilian soil less than
12 months away, it was a result which will infuse Scolari's team with
belief that a record sixth World Cup crown is there for the taking if
all goes to plan next year.
A delighted Scolari however was more circumspect when asked to discuss the significance of his team's mesmerising display.
are still not a team that is complete, we know that we have a good
group but we still have to prove a lot. But today, we embarked on the
path to 2014," said Scolari, reappointed seven months ago for a second
stint in charge.
"It was fantastic to hear the crowd singing 'the
champions are back' but a long path stretches ahead of us. Yet I am sure
people will now respect Brazil a little more."
"In the past 30
days we have beaten four former world champions in France (in a
pre-event tune-up), Italy, Uruguay and now Spain," he remarked matter of
Brazil began the tournament with the words of Pele
ringing in their ears, with the legendary No 10 questioning whether
Scolari's team were good enough to prevail.
Almost as important as the level of performance on the pitch was the re-bonding of Brazil's team with their fans, Scolari said.
team pay from the bottom of their hearts. We will now be working with a
little bit more trust knowing we have the capacity and maybe rise above
the level even of today's match," he told reporters, explaining he just
wants "to set up a competitive team which can go for the title at the
"I think we are improving, there is more trust and the
supporters give it back and that is very nice. When we come together we
"Apart from the quality of all of our players we
had the crowd behind us and I believe that is very important, that
unity, that spirit.
The extent to which Brazil now can use the
intervening 12 months to oil an even leaner machine in time for their
first World Cup hosting since 1950 will be of fascination to students of
the international game.