You can get odds of 200/1 that Chelsea win the Premier League, FA Cup, Carling Cup and Champions League next season, yet Luiz Felipe Scolari thinks that his team can achieve this. Sounding a little too much like a certain Portuguese predecessor, the former Brazil manager claims that his squad can win plenty of silverware next term, despite the fact that they won absolutely zilch last campaign (apart from a few runners-up medals).
The Guardian report the Blues manager in an ebullient mood ahead of the new campaign. He’s liking the look of his squad and will be putting out a strong team on all fronts.
“We are in four competitions this season and I will try to win all four, and the players will do the same,” he said. “You know, it’s very difficult but we have the team to do this, we have the players to do this. Chelsea have given to me everything that I want. And I’ll tell you a story: I am from Brazil and from Brazil to Kuala Lumpur is too far. I was here in 2002 before the World Cup and I thought I would never come back. Yet here I am, six years later. I’ve learned one lesson. Never say never.
“The players have confidence. They reached two finals and the last game of the Premier League last season [with a chance of winning the title]. That’s good for me. I want to reach finals. If we do that I’ll be happy and, if we do, after this [tour] I’ll know the way to win [them]. I always say to my players, ‘Look, you have confidence in yourselves and the rest is my problem. It’s not your problem’.”
Goodness, you get a couple of decent victories against teams of Chinese no-hopers and all of a sudden, you think you are world-beaters. Let’s not forget that Scolari failed to guide Portugal beyond the quarter finals of Euro 2008 in the summer, and perhaps landing one trophy would be a more realistic achievement for his Chelsea team next season.