Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari celebrated his team’s Confederations Cup final victory over Spain, but maintained that much more difficult challenges lie ahead if they are to repeat the feat during the World Cup next summer.
The tournament hosts romped to a 3-0 win over the defending world and European champions inside of a particularly deafening Maracana to clinch the trophy for the third straight time, and fourth overall.
But with the 2014 World Cup also set to take place in Brazil in little under a year, Scolari believes that the Selecao need to ride the momentum created by their on-pitch performances and the backing of their fans.
“We did not predict this. It was a path that we needed to take, but we knew that this match was not even close to what we have to play through next year,” he stated post-match.
“It’s going to be harder. But our path will be a little bit better to walk. [The win] is going to create a better situation and better environment.
“Also the support that we take from the crowd inside and outside the pitch is excellent. We need to always get this from the country. That way we can evolve and grow with good work."
Scolari was in charge of the Portugal national team that hosted Euro 2004 but lost 1-0 in the final to Greece, an upset that was still fresh on his mind.
“[Euro 2004] was a big frustration for the Portuguese people and for me,” recalled the Brazilian trainer.
“But this kind of thing happens in life. I won this time with Brazil, and this group of players I have is amazing.”