Scolari under `zero pressure`

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Luiz Felipe Scolari showed no sign of feeling the strain ahead of a game which could cost Chelsea millions if results conspire against them.

Scolari's side face Romanian minnows CFR Cluj at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night knowing that only a victory will ensure them of a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

"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."

He added: "The pressure was when I was coach in Brazil because all the people in that country are coaches.

"This is only one more game. It is important for our qualification for the next phase. 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 tomorrow and we are out of the Champions League, I will not feel good. But no more than that. This is life, this is football."

The Brazilian will be the first Chelsea manager to fail to reach the next level of the competition if Cluj pull off one of the surprise results of the season and Bordeaux beat Roma.

Chelsea's home form is less than sparkling with Scolari's side having dropped 12 points in the Barclays Premier League but it remains untainted in Group A with victories over Bordeaux and group leaders Roma.

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