Brazil coach Scolari defends record at Chelsea

The Selecao supremo holds no bitter feelings towards the Premier League club despite what he clearly still feels was a harsh sacking as his country prepares to face Russia
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has defended his Chelsea record on his return to Stamford Bridge ahead of his side's friendly against Russia on Monday night.

The former Portugal head coach was given his marching orders midway through the 2008-09 campaign, but the coach - who is in his second stint in the Selecao hotseat - holds no grudge against the Premier League club he managed for a short time.

"It has been a joy to be back here, because I enjoyed my time at Chelsea," he told reporters at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. "I was happy while I was here. The only thing I didn’t like was the cold! I had totally forgotten about it!

"I can’t tell [whether I would have won trophies at Chelsea], but I do know my time wasn’t as bad as people have made out. The numbers show that, and they don’t lie.

"We were third in the Premier League, we had progressed in the FA Cup and qualified for the Champions League knock-out stages. But I can’t really tell if I would have won something or not.

"Actually, I want to thank Chelsea for the opportunity to work here, and work with the people here, and to be with the supporters. It was a great time and I had a great experience working here. Having lived here in London with my family was one of the great experiences of my life."

Scolari rejected claims he should not have been sacked during his time with the Blues, and insisted owner Roman Abramovich and other senior Chelsea figures were well within their rights to let him go.

He added: "The sacking was a decision from the management. Everywhere I work I’m just a member of staff, and if someone thinks I’m not doing a good job, they can sack me. It happens everywhere.

"If I own my own company, when I decide someone needs to go, I take the decision. But here I’m just an employee, like anyone else."

Brazil head into Monday night's friendly game with Fabio Capello's side on the back of a 2-2 draw against Italy in Switzerland on Thursday.