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“I did my best”, says Big Phil

Luiz Felipe Scolari does not believe delaying his announcement to join Chelsea would’ve prevented Portugal from suffering elimation from Euro 2008.

The Portuguese were outclassed 3-2 by the Germans in Basle, but Scolari is refusing to blame the announcement of his agreement to join Chelsea, instead admitting that it was his side’s defensive mistakes that cost them a place in the last four.

He said, “If I had not announced we would have lost anyway. We lost because we did not do things right or with more quality. It has nothing to do with that.

“I am responsible for choosing the players and the tactics so the main person responsible for Portugal not being in the last four is the coach.

“We made mistakes for the goals, though I can argue that on the third goal there was a foul. But that was a mistake, because we can’t wait for the referee to signal a foul.

“I’m upset because I think Portugal had the ability to be among the best four (teams). But we made mistakes today and couldn’t get the result.

“We lost but we played the match in a way that pleased us. In general, I’m satisfied with what the players did in the competition and I’m proud.”

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