Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari
is shrugging off criticism of several players as tension and excitement mount during the run-up to the 2014 World Cup.
Lately it's been
of Barcelona and Paulinho
of Tottenham Hotspur hearing critiques of their club play. Earlier in the season David Luiz
of Chelsea took some
heat, as did goalkeeper Julio Cesar
, then stuck on the bench at Queens Park Rangers. During an event in Sao Paulo last week, Scolari turned the tables.
doing the criticizing?" said Scolari. “Some people in other countries have an interest in this. If you Brazilians watch them play, you'll see that they are important for their teams -- they're
just not important for the journalists in the cities where they are playing.”
The fact that Neymar and Paulinho slid right back into the Brazil lineup for a 5-0 thrashing of South
Africa last month, with Neymar bagging a hat trick, fueled Scolari’s contention that his players are primed to perform for their country regardless of their club status. Julio Cesar left QPR
during the winter and is getting regular duty in MLS on loan to Toronto FC, and with players such as Fernandinho
of Manchester City in excellent form, Scolari won’t be short of
choices when the first ball rolls out June 12 against Croatia.
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