Luiz Felipe Scolari praises South AfricaThe Brazil coach said that the Bafana Bafana provided more of a challenge than the result suggests -
According to the Brazil coach, his side’s 5-0 drubbing of South Africa in Wednesday's international friendly does not paint the full picture of the game.
Luiz Felipe Scolari was full of praise for Brazil’s opponents who at times so showed admirable ability at keeping possession and making it hard for Brazil to win the ball back.
“The scoreline doesn't actually tell the whole story. I think South Africa played very well. They moved the ball well and they're a good team,” said the 65-year-old.
“It's actually a surprise that this team isn't at the World Cup, the way they play,” Scolari said.
“The difference between the teams is that we have some very special, quality players.”
The former Chelsea manager was also full of praise for his own team who can be credited with an impressive work-rate as well as ruthless finishing.
“There were a lot of times when we had players working hard for the team and not for themselves, then the special players can take advantage, as the guys who work hard open spaces for them,” Scolari said.
Brazil will play two further friendlies — against Panama and Serbia — before the start of the competition in June.