Portugal’s 2-1 win over Mexico earned Luiz Felipe Scolari a World Cup record of 10 successive victories as a coach, but the former Brazilian coach has no intention of stopping there.
“Ten wins in the World Cup is the kind of thing that would mark anybody’s life, especially mine,” Scolari said.
“This was as tough a game as we had expected, but I asked my players today to make it hard for me to pick my team for the next round, and they did that.”
Scolari’s team are now unbeaten in 17 matches stretching back to February 2005, the best run in Portuguese history.
But, despite their 100% record in Germany, Scolari issued a warning about the challenges that lie ahead.
“It’s great not to have dropped any points. We have stacked up three good wins and now we must build on that. It wasn’t all good today,” Scolari said.
“From now on it’s knock-out matches and even the best teams can play badly on one day,” he added.
“It’s only the second time Portugal has qualified for the second round in 40 years but we have to look at it game by game,” he said.
“All the teams are very balanced and very even, they’re in good condition. There are five or six teams which I believe are the best, they might be playing very well but one day they can have an off-day and be eliminated.”