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Scolari says Portugal still needs to improve to be among top Euro 2008 teams

Scolari says Portugal still needs to improve to be among top Euro 2008 teams

Luiz Felipe Scolari is expecting more from Portugal.
"We still have to improve one or two things in order to be in equal condition with these more traditional teams," Scolari said Tuesday, a day before Portugal's match against the Czech Republic at European Championship. "We still have three or four, five teams in better condition."
Scolari said he was satisfied with Portugal's performance in the 2-0 opening win over Turkey, but was more impressed by other teams.
"Tactically, there is nobody better than Germany, and we saw a great game by the Netherlands," Scolari said. "Portugal played well, but there are other teams that can really be considered candidates for the title in this European tournament."
Scolari and Portugal can move into good position to reach the quarterfinals with a win against the Czech Republic on Wednesday in Geneva. The Portuguese lead Group A on goal difference over the Czechs, who beat co-host Switzerland 1-0 in their opener.
Scolari also gave his opinion on Ruud van Nistelrooy's opening goal in the Netherlands' 3-0 win over Italy on Monday in Bern. The coach praised Van Nistelrooy for being the "most intelligent player" when it comes to avoiding offside, but said Monday's goal should have been called off no matter what UEFA or anybody else says.
"I completely disagree with that notion that the (Italian) athlete was participating in the play. He was outside the field because of a normal play, not because he wanted," Scolari said. "I'm not an expert. I'm a coach, not a referee, but for me (Van Nistelrooy) was completely offsides."
The Dutch striker was at least a meter (yard) closer to goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon than any Italy player on the field when he scored, but defender Christian Panucci had earlier collided with Buffon and lay outside next to the goal.
UEFA earlier Tuesday stood by the referee's decision.
Scolari reiterated that he will not talk about his future until the end of the European tournament, when his contract with Portugal expires. The coach won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil before leading the Portuguese to the Euro 2004 final and the 2006 World Cup semifinals.
He has been linked to offers from several top European clubs.


Updated : 2021-04-20 11:27 GMT+08:00