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The former Chelsea manager, Luiz Felipe Scolari, has laid the blame on the Chelsea board and owner Roman Abramovich for not being successful during his time at Stamford Bridge. Scolari lasted just a few months at Chelsea after having come from his job as the Portugal national team manager.

His ill-fated regime saw him fall out with several Chelsea players including Didier Drogba. Even though the team had a great start to the life under Scolari, things soon turned sour after the opposition managed to work out the team. However, the 59-year-old Brazilian has said that he would have been successful at Chelsea had he been given more time.

Scolari will be returning to his former stomping ground for the first time since leaving Chelsea when Brazil play a friendly match against Russia at Stamford Bridge. He was hailed as the saviour of Brazilian football after being appointed as the replacement for Mano Menezes, but he is yet to get his first victory in his second spell as the Brazil manager. He has drawn one and lost the other match in the two matches he has been in charge of the national team. The friendly match against Russia is one amongst the several that have been scheduled by the Brazilian FA.

“I believe my time at Chelsea was not as bad as people have been talking about. I don’t think (I was given enough time) but it was a decision from the management. Actually I want to thank Chelsea for the chance to come and work here. Living in London with my family was one of the greatest experiences of my life,” said Scolari. The Chelsea defender, David Luiz, also had high praise for the former Portugal and Brazil manager by saying that he always talks about the positives in every player.