Can Scolari do better than Grant?

Chelsea have named their new manager – Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari. Scolari will take over at Stamford Bridge on 1 July.

Congratulations Chelsea fans – regardless of where one stood on Avram Grant’s impact on Chelsea’s performances last season, at least everyone can agree that Scolari has excellent managerial pedigree and will command the respect of the players in the Chelsea dressing room.

Chelsea statement:

“Felipe has great qualities. He is one of the world’s top coaches with a record of success at country and club level. He gets the best out of a talented squad of players and his ambitions and expectations match ours. He was the outstanding choice.

Out of respect for his current role and to ensure minimum disruption to this work there will be no further comment from Chelsea nor from Felipe about his new role until his employment with us commences.”

But all the debate – over his lack of European club-level managerial experience, the language barrier and the instability caused by a change of guard for the second time in less than one year – is secondary to the one question that matters most:

Can Scolari take Chelsea one step further than Grant?

Keep in mind that under Grant, Chelsea went to penalties in the Champions League Final and went to the last day of the season for the league title. Of course you know that. But keep those performances in mind when discussing Scolari’s potential impact?

Can Scolari help Chelsea beat Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool?

How will his managerial style stack up to Rafa, Wenger and Ferguson?

Can Scolari bring Champions League success to Chelsea?

The floor is yours. Please keep it civil 🙂

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