Scolari ready to go to hell and back with Brazil
08 May 2014, 11:32
Rio de Janeiro - Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari on Wednesday stressed the strong bonds of trust he has with his World Cup squad, insisting he'll go to hell and back with them.
"Some already knew they were being called up as I personally told them they were on the list. I wanted to be certain they had no doubts.
"I believe in them and will go as far as hell with them," said Scolari after he named his 23-man squad for the finals which start on June 12.
Out to win a second World Cup for Brazil after 2002 to crown his second spell in charge, Scolari added he is not looking at any post-tournament plans -- win or lose.
"There is nothing official. What is official is my ambition to work with the squad to win the World Cup," said Scolari after unveiling his squad in Rio.
"I have never said anything about winning, losing, staying, leaving," added the 65-year-old, who won Brazil the title 12 years ago in Japan before embarking on a series of club adventures, including an ill-fated spell at Chelsea.
Scolari said he was entirely focused on Brazil's group games starting with the tournament opener against Croatia in Sao Paulo on June 12 before further encounters against Mexico in Fortaleza and then Cameroon in Brasilia.
He added it was the dream of every coach to be in charge of his national side, never mind win World Cups and lead the team at a home event.
Last year, just months after replacing Mano Menezes, he led the Brazilians to the Confederations Cup at the expense of reigning world champions Spain.
Now, he has the chance to win a sixth world title before a home crowd -- 64 years after Brazil flunked their only previous home World Cup in losing the decider in Rio's fabled Maracana stadium to Uruguay.
Brazil can only play at the Maracana this time if they reach the final but Scolari says he will enjoy the moment and not think beyond the event.
"To be in charge a second time and lead the team at home is a rare thing indeed," he told a news conference.
"This is the greatest joy and satisfaction of my life."
Scolari also addressed the role of Neymar, who has had a mixed first season with Barcelona.
"Neymar's role at Barcelona I can't comment on," said Scolari, saying that with Brazil he would be called upon to lead counter attacks and show improvisation.
"He will be a complement for a group which often works for him. And he will often have to work for the group also."