We weren’t so bad, says Brazil coach

Frank Dalleres
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BRAZIL coach Luiz Felipe Scolari last night rejected calls to resign following the most humiliating night in the team’s history, insisting that the hosts’ World Cup “wasn’t so bad”.

Tuesday’s 7-1 semi-final annihilation by Germany broke several records and brought an abrupt, painful end to Brazilian ambitions of lifting the trophy on home soil.

But Scolari pointed to his success in reaching the last four for the first time in more than a decade as he refused to discuss his future beyond Saturday’s third-place play-off.

“We didn’t expect such a result, in terms of the number of goals conceded,” said the former Chelsea boss, who turned down England in 2006.

“We could win and Germany could win, both teams had very good skills and abilities. But of course a score like that with a lot of goals is going to go down in history.

“But we should also recall that, after 2002, it was the first time Brazil ever reached a semi-final and therefore our work wasn’t so bad.

“We had a six-minute period when we had a disaster. This is not what we imagined or what we had in mind, but it happened. Now let’s work for the Saturday game, which will be another important dream.”