‘Feeling of having done the best’: “I leave with a feeling of having done my best, having created special relationships with the players and staff who were with me. […] It was a great pleasure to have had this opportunity. I worked extremely hard during the time I was there.”
‘Work would bear fruit’: The work itself was being done very well and I was very confident that it would generate very important results for the National Team. This is what he could see in training with the players and staff. I am grateful for the opportunity given to me and I am fully convinced that the work was very well done.”
Difficult transition: “It was a difficult transition process. Many players who were at the World Cup had some kind of problem, injury, card, some players we saw at an advanced age and decided to invest in to reform”.
Defeat to Argentina: “The game with Argentina, for example, was a big game that Brazil played and it had no result. That, following the work, would improve, most likely, the performance and the results would arrive.”
How was the output: “However, the president mentioned in his speech regarding my departure the commitment he had with Mário Bittencourt not to take me away from Fluminense. This conversation really existed when we were at CBF.”
Selection in good hands with Dorival: “I wish it had been different. But it’s water under the bridge. We have to move on with our lives. I’m very clear about what I did for the Brazilian team and my contact with the players and the team is in good hands now.”