The Brazilian returned to Stamford Bridge for the first time as a manager since he was fired from his post back in 2009; a fate which he shares with several other managers at Stamford Bridge under the reign of Russian owner Roman Abramovich.
The 64-year-old is currently the manager of the Brazilian national team as he looks to lead his homeland to glory in the upcoming World Cup at Brazil. It is undoubtedly one of the biggest job in World football and the amount of expectation his team will have to shoulder can be unbearable. Yet, Scholari has been there before, when he won the 2002 world cup with Brazil. He was also close to achieving glory with Portugal in Euro 2004, when surprisingly Greece came out on top. But history and reputation means very little for Roman, all that matter to him are results, although at times even that is not enough – ask Roberto Di Matteo.
Luis Felipe Scholari looked back at his short stint at Stamford Bridge ahead of the match last night. The Brazilian felt he wasn’t given enough time to excel at Chelsea, but accepts that it is up to owner to decide whether he is good enough for the club. The Brazilian also stated that his stint was not as unsuccessful as people make of it.
“My time in charge of Chelsea was not as bad as people say. The numbers show the games we won, and they don’t lie.
“We were lying third in the league, we had qualified for the next round of the FA Cup and the next stage of the Champions League.
“I was not given enough time. But it was a decision for the management and everywhere I have worked, in every country, I am a member of staff and if somebody thinks I am not doing a good job, they can sack me.
“I cannot tell what I might have won had I been allowed to stay.
“I am not angry or frustrated. I want to thank Chelsea for the opportunity to come here and work with the team, the people here and the supporters.” – The former Chelsea boss was quoted in press.
It was not a happy return of Scholari though, as his side only managed a draw against Russia, with Fred scoring the equaliser in the 90th minute. Worryingly for Scholari, his team is without a win in their last three international matches, not the ideal form leading up to the World Cup.