Scolari: Zero pressure on crunch Cluj clash

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LONDON  - Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari shrugged off suggestions he was feeling the pressure ahead of Chelsea's final Champions League Group A match at home to Romanians CFR Cluj on Tuesday.

Scolari's good early progress since arriving in the close season has been less than smooth recently after home Premier League defeats by Liverpool and Arsenal and dismal displays at AS Roma and Girondins Bordeaux in the Champions League.

However, he said managing Chelsea did not compare to being in charge of his native Brazil.

"You know how many people live in Brazil? ... 180 million and I was coach there," Scolari told a news conference on Monday.

"You think here is pressure? Here the pressure is zero. Pressure was being coach of Brazil because all the people in Brazil are coaches," added Scolari, who led his country to World Cup glory in 2002.

Chelsea, last season's runners-up, are through to the last 16 if they beat Cluj although a draw will also be enough if Bordeaux lose to Roma.

"If we lose and we are out of the Champions League I will not feel good but no more than that. This is life, this is football," said Scolari.