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Former Chelsea manager eyes Premier League return

Scolari was sacked by Chelsea in 2009 after only seven months in charge (©GettyImages)
Scolari was sacked by Chelsea in 2009 after only seven months in charge (©GettyImages).

Former Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari hopes to return to the Premier League one day and wished his time at the Blues "could have lasted longer", reports the Daily Express.

The man set to lead Brazil in their home World Cup next year suffered a terrible spell at the three-time Premier League winners, culminating in his sacking in 2009 after only seven months at the helm. 

But that has not deterred the South American from a return to England's top division.

"If I had to return, I would do it. Chelsea are a spectacular club and I still want them to do well. 

"The supporters are amazing, and even though things didn't work out I still remember how nice the fans were to me," he said.

"I was upset by the way my departure from Chelsea happened. I wish my work there could have lasted longer."

The 65-year-old, despite his unsuccessful spell in west London, has had a glowing managerial career that saw him lift the World Cup with his native Brazil in 2002 thanks to a 2-0 victory over Germany - a feat he will look to repeat next summer. 

And Scolari believes England "could shine" in his home country next year under Roy Hodgson, who he says is "overseeing a generational change."

The Brazilian was in charge of the Selecao when they knocked England out of the 2002 World Cup, as well as Portugal when they progressed at the expense of the Three Lions during Euro 2004 and Germany 2006. 

However, he's still tipping Hodgson's men to do well this coming summer.

"England are one of the teams who could shine at the World Cup.

"Roy is doing a great job in bringing in new players to the team and is overseeing a generational change. England have a good team and I think they're much better technically these days," he said

Both of England's losses to Portugal during Scolari's reign were on penalties, and Big Phil thinks that's all that's stopping them becoming a team amongst the top four international sides in the world. 

"People say I'm a specialist at knocking out England but the victories with Portugal against them in 2004 and 2006 were on penalties, very tight games.

"I think they are missing the confidence to step up and take that step that finally puts them among the top four."

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