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Scolari reveals Chelsea troublemakers: finger pointed at Drogba, Ballack, Cech
Published : 29 Jun 2009 12:08:44Rss feed
Luiz Felipe Scolari has blamed player power for his sacking at Chelsea in February, and singled out Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack and Petr Cech. Scolari, who is currently coaching Bunyodkor in Uzbekistan, told Brazilian newspaper O Globo: 'The real owners of football today are the players. They are the ones who decide everything. 'Coaches on most of the big European teams are not strong enough to disagree with their demands. 'Who do the teams prefer to sack? The stars who earn four to nine million euros a year with contracts of up to five seasons or the coach? 'Of course, the first to be dismissed will always be the coach. And the major footballers already perceive their power and do what they wish. 'This was my major problem at Chelsea. Drogba, Ballack and Cech did not accept my methods of training nor my demands.' Scolari claimed the trio tried to undermine his authority with unusual medical requests and defiance. 'Drogba appeared with a muscular contusion and said he required two months to take care of it... in Cannes!' he said. 'And Ballack, alleging he had chronic pains in the soles of his feet, asked to go to Cologne. 'With Cech, there was another problem. He had a personal trainer for goalies but only for himself and I was totally against this. 'Look, the goalie trainer has to train all the goalies of the group,not only one. He became furious and began to treat me coldly. 'In the dressing room it immediately became apparent I had strong opposition. And they ended up backed by the directors of Chelsea.' Scolari said the Government's decision to raise the top rate of tax from 40 to 50 per cent from next April means he will not return to England And he predicts will make it hard for the Barclays Premier League to attract the game's top stars. 'I will never again work in English football,' he said. 'I believe that beginning next year they will have lots of problems. 'The income tax law changed and although it was already high at 40 per cent, it will now be 50-50 or in other words, in order to pay 1million euros to a footballer, an English team will have to pay out two million. 'The competition will be not the same because Spain only charges (about) 20 per cent while Turkey charges 12 per cent.'