Luiz Felipe Scolari claims he is not feeling under any pressure as his side face a crucial Champions League tie against CFR Cluj on Tuesday.
Scolari’s side face the Romanian minnows at Stamford Bridge knowing that only a victory will ensure them of a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
The Brazilian could earn the unwanted distinction of becoming the first Chelsea manager to fail to qualify for the next level of the competition if Cluj avoid defeat and Bordeaux beat Roma.
However, despite the significance of tonight’s game, Scolari was quick to play down any suggestion that he was feeling the strain and claimed the pressure was nothing compared to managing Brazil.
”Do you know how many people live in Brazil?,” said Scolari. ”I was coach there and you think there is pressure here? It is zero pressure.
”The pressure was when I was coach in Brazil because all the people in that country are coaches. It is not the most important game of the season – it is one more game.
“This is only one more game. It is important for our qualification for the next phase,” added the former Portugal manager.
“It is the same as other games because we need three points. If we win, we are in the next phase.
“It is not the most important game of the season – it is one more game.
”If we lose, then maybe were are out. It is possible. If we lose and we are out of the Champions League, I will not feel good. But no more than that. This is life, this is football.”