World Cup: Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari stays quiet over future after loss to Netherlands
Last Updated: 13/07/14 12:38am
Luiz Felipe Scolari insisted that his future would be decided by the Brazilian football federation after the hosts’ World Cup campaign ended in another defeat.
Brazil’s tournament ended with a 3-0 loss Netherlands in Saturday’s third-place play-off, leaving the home team demoralised after their 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany in the semi-finals.
The Dutch took the lead inside three minutes through Robin van Persie’s penalty, before Daley Blind and Georginio Wijnaldum added further goals.
Scolari will now hold talks with the Brazilian FA before a decision is made on his future, but regardless of his own fate he believes the team can take some positives.
"It is up to the president to decide. We will hand in a final report and then leave it to him to analyse what needs to be done," Scolari told reporters.
This generation does not have to be scarred. We were in the top four teams in the world and won the Confederations Cup last year.
Luiz Felipe Scolari
"I'm not going to discuss (my future) with you. Winning or losing that is what we would have done."
Scolari added: "We must praise our players even though we came up short at the end of the tournament. We didn't play badly today.
"I've managed in three World Cups. I've finished among the top four teams every time.
"I know the 7-1 defeat was the worst ever. But I can see a positive side (compared to the 2006 and 2010 campaigns).
"When a team let in seven and then concede within two minutes of the next game, it changes your perspective.
"This generation does not have to be scarred. We were in the top four teams in the world and won the Confederations Cup last year.
"I don't see how I can criticise my team today. We played well, battled back after going behind, had chances.”