4 Jul 2014

Coach tells critics to go to hell

10:13 am on 4 July 2014

The Brazil football coach Felipe Scolari has told his critics to "go to hell," and insists his side still has one hand on the World Cup.

Scolari has defended his decision to sit down with a small group of journalists after the narrow win over Chile, and his use of a physiologist to help his nervy players.

Scolari says there are seven steps and now they're going onto the fifth step.

He also feels his team will struggle less against Colombia in Saturday's quarter final in Fortaleza.

Scolari says they are a better team but they don't go to war. Brazil's wars are with Chile, Uruguay and Argentina.... the matches against Colombia are happy, friendly matches.

He did go to war with the local press after being criticised by reporters for selective briefing of journalists after the win against Chile.