Luiz Felipe apologized to fans for Brazil’s failure to reach the World Cup final, saying the Tuesday’s defeat by Germany marked the worst day of his life.
”I have to apologize for the negative result, for not being able to reach the final as we all wanted,” Scolari said, after the 7-1 loss to Germany.
He took full responsibility for the thrashing, and said he was aware that it’s very likely that his career may be defined by these results.
”Naturally, if I think about my life as a player and as a coach, I think this was the worst day of my life,” he said. ”I know I’ll probably be remembered for losing 7-1 to Germany, for Brazil’s worst loss. But it was a risk I knew I was taking. I have to take responsibility for it. Life must go on for everybody.”
Felipe said he has to find a way to learn from the loss in front of the home fans. “There are no excuses for what happened, not even the absence of star striker Neymar,” he said.
Neymar was ruled out of the tournament after he sustained an injury on his vertebra during their match against Colombia during the quarterfinals.
”They (Germany) probably would have done it with Neymar playing,” Scolari said. ”I don’t think there’s any reason for us to suppose that with Neymar it would have been different,” he added.
Scolari admitted that Germany played a “very high quality” game and this is what led to the elimination of Brazil at the tournament.
”They took advantage of their chances, they are very good,” Scolari said.
Scolari was quite visible on the sideline in the first few minutes of the game. After the third goal, he kept urging the players to remain calm. But when Germany scored the fifth goal, Scolari sat on the bench and only came to the sideline once in a while.
”It was one after the other, I think everyone blanked out,” Scolari said of the fifth goal. ”There was nothing we could do. We panicked.”
The coach remained silent about his future, though the president of the Brazilian football confederation has always maintained that no matter what happens, he will remain the head of the national team.
But there is strong feeling that Scolari may quit after Brazil’s third place match on Saturday in Brasilia.
Scolari had intimated that he would like to retire after coaching in the World Cup, but later said there is still a possibility of him extending his career outside of Brazil.
”I don’t think I have any debts to pay; I did my job, as always.”,” he said about his time with Brazil.
Scolari returned to the team in 2012, and last year he led the team to the title of Confederations Cup, which was the World Cup’s warm-up tournament. He is also the one who led them to the 2002 World Cup title.
The loss came at a bad time after most Brazilians had demonstrated about government expenditure on the preparation for the World Cup including construction of new stadiums.