Scolari: Don't expect Brazil - yet
Luiz Felipe Scolari has warned that Brazilian-style football will have to wait after seeing Chelsea slug out a hard-fought 2-0 victory against Stoke Saturday
Jose Bosingwa's first goal for the club and Nicolas Anelka's second-half strike at the Britannia Stadium secured the three points and maintained Scolari's unbeaten record since arriving at Stamford Bridge at the end of Euro 2008.
But after being hired by Roman Abramovich to inject more flair into Chelsea, Scolari insisted that substance must come before style if the club are to win any silverware.
And with Stoke making Chelsea work for everything they earned at the Britannia, Scolari made it clear that he will not introduce free-flowing football simply for the sake of it.
"If it is possible to play beautiful football, then that is what I want to do, but the first thing we have to do is go and win the game," he said.
"Sometimes it is difficult to play football in certain games and this game was one of those games.
"Every time we made a mistake, Stoke would pick up the ball and hit it long into our box, so that made it difficult for us. When one team is trying to build something and the other side just wants to hit the ball again and again, it makes it a big challenge."
Scolari wasn't finished.
"But although they only created two chances, we needed the second goal from Anelka to make sure that we won the game," he said.
"It's a positive result for us because we needed the three points. It was a very difficult game."
Bosingwa, a £16M buy from Porto during the close-season, rounded off a three-man move to score the opener in the first-half. Scolari insisted that the Portuguese defender is one of the best in the world.
"Bosingwa's goal came from a little mistake in their defence because they did not think that he would arrive in the box as he did," he said. "But he made the run and he scored a beautiful goal.
"He started out as a midfielder in Portugal, but when he moved to Porto, the coach put him to right-back and it worked because he is so strong.
"All the world knows him now as a very good right-back. He gets up the right side very well, but he also keeps his position well."
Having held Liverpool to a 0-0 draw at Anfield a week ago, Stoke failed to take points off another big four club on this occasion.
But managerTony Pulis insisted that his players must take the positives from their performances against the Premier League's superpowers.
"We have now been up against Liverpool and Chelsea in successive weeks and haven't been turned over," Pulis said. "It's disappointing to lose, obviously, but we can't allow ourselves to get down in the dumps after this.
"We can't forget that we have had a really tough start to the season. We have already played Aston Villa, Everton, Liverpool and now Chelsea.
"What we have to do now is make sure that we build on these performances and take confidence from them for the rest of the season.
"The second goal killed us in this game, though. Chelsea are a great side with top-class players all over the place, but until that second goal, we had a foothold.
"It was like defending against the Red Arrows -- or Blue Arrows -- at times because they were all over the pitch!"