Phil Scolari reveals his unhappiness at Chelsea, criticises Drogba and Malouda
Brazilian admits he had no rapport with players
The folks at France Football magazine has a knack of extracting unusually honest quotes from those in the world of football, and they have excelled themselves in their latest interview with Big Phil Scolari.
The former Chelsea boss opened up to the French mag before he was sacked, admitting that he had no relationship with players off the field:
“In Brazil (as a club manager) it was also easier. I knew everything about the players. Here, I don’t have a family relation with the players. Everything is on the pitch. Outside, there is nothing.”
The Brazilian manager also expressed his disappointment at the club’s failure to capture Robinho:
“In the past (Arjen) Robben was at Chelsea and he could make the difference. But now there is no-one.
“Robinho could have been this player. He is not afraid to dribble, to take a risk, As a Brazilian, I like this.
“My team isn’t Brazilian enough. It is a ‘bureaucratic’ team. That’s the style of my players. That’s why Robinho would have done a lot of good for the team.”
This complaint is quite understandable – not being Brazilian enough is a common fault of teams that aren’t Brazil. Scolari let his professionalism slip a little further by laying into Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda:
“Drogba lacks a lot of confidence at the moment. After two or three big injuries, he is missing something. Drogba doesn’t have enough confidence, so I choose (Nicolas) Anelka.
“Malouda, at Chelsea, isn’t the Malouda from Lyon. He is OK, but he isn’t the same that he was with Lyon. He doesn’t make the difference in games any longer.”
It’s quite incredible that he made these comments while still in the Chelsea hotseat: they sound like the the words of a defeated man, rather than someone who is fighting to keep their team in Champions League contention.