The two hosts of the next two World Cups meet at Chelsea’s stadium, where Scolari managed for a brief period, and he insists that his period in charge was not the disaster it is remembered as.
“It wasn’t as bad as people think,” he said. “We were third in the league, we were still in the FA Cup and the Champions League, so I don’t know.
“I can’t say that I would have won anything if I’d stayed and I can’t say I would have not won anything.”
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Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Chelsea have improved considerably after a tricky start to the campaign.
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