‘Ridiculous to compare’ Deco and Pepe with Diego Costa insists Felipão
Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari insists Diego Costa’s decision to represent Spain cannot be compared to others who have switched nationality.
The 64 year-old selected Deco and Pepe when manager of Portugal. Both players were naturalised, like Costa.
Scolari believes, however, that the fact Costa has already played for Brazil - non competitively - makes his case different.
“What’s the difference between Diego Costa and Deco? Do not ask ridiculous questions,” he said, as reported by Football Espana. “It’s ridiculous to compare. I’ll answer in four or five years. I’ll answer if I want.
“Deco was called because he never played for Brazil. You forget that Pepe was also nationalised and at no time before then had been called up. There is much difference.”