Former Chelsea head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has revealed how the problems with Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba affected his dream job and the West London side.
The 2002 World Cup winner with the Brazil national team took charge of the Blues in 2008 and was sacked after 7 months and replaced by Guus Hidink.
The Brazilian head coach had a good start in the Premier League, going 12 matches without a loss, but things got worse and eventually, the board of directors decided to sack him. His last match in charge was a goalless draw against Hull City.
Scolari says he had problems with the former Chelsea strikers due to the vision he had for both of them and the tactics he wanted to use as a manager.
“I had a form of leadership that clashed with one or two players. Anelkd and Drogba”
“Our medical department thought that we should let Drogba go and recover in Cannes, in the middle of summer.
“I thought he should stay in London. I’d also like to go to Cannes in the middle of summer. I’d stay there for a month, two months, enjoying myself.
“When he came back, I tried to adapt so that Drogba and Anelka could play together. Anelka was the top scorer in the league. We had a meeting and Anelka said: “I only play in one position.”
“So, there was a bit of a lack of friendship, of respect, of trying to play together with Drogba. They were both great, but someone had to do something different, to get back to help when we lost the ball.
“That was when it changed a bit. But we’ve met since then, me and Drogba. The last time was in Russia in 2018. We spoke openly about it.
“There wasn’t any ill intention from him or Anelka. But it happened and I lost out on one of the great chances of my life.” Scolari added.