While Phil Scolari was sacked as manager on Monday, this latest piece of news suggests that the writing was on the wall for some time. It has already transpired that the Brazilian was ready to call it a day on two separate occasions before being given the axe, and he’s now lifted the lid on his struggle at Stamford Bridge.
The Independent bring us excerpts of a revealing interview that the ex-Blues boss originally did with France Football magazine last week, where Scolari claims amongst other things that he had no option to pair Nicolas Anelka with Didier Drogba and that his team were too ‘bureaucratic’:
“At Chelsea we don’t have the player who can make the difference by himself by producing something magical on the pitch,” he said. “We miss that. I don’t know why. In the past, [Arjen] Robben was at Chelsea and he could make the difference. But now there is no one.
“Robinho could have been this player. He is not afraid to dribble, to take a risk. As a Brazilian, I like this. My team isn’t Brazilian enough. It is a ‘bureaucratic’ team. That’s the style of my players. That’s why Robinho would have done a lot of good for the team.
Asked why he did not regularly play Nicolas Anelka and Drogba in the same side, Scolari said he did not have the necessary players for a 4-4-2 system: “I don’t have those players, so I have to adapt. With my squad it’s very difficult to play with Drogba and Anelka up front. I don’t have the players to play on the wings in that system. [Salomon] Kalou can play on the wing in a 4-3-3, but not in a 4-4-2 because he doesn’t defend well enough.”
The former Chelsea manager also goes on to criticise Florent Malouda, something which is perhaps less controversial considering the Frenchman hasn’t turned it on since signing from Lyon. What do supporters make of Scolari’s revelations? Did he just tell it like it is or does it reveal that he was badly out of his depth as Blues manager?