Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Big Phil Has His Players Buzzing; Big Man for a Big Job: Phil Scolari Must Fight to Keep Frank Lampard out of the Clutches of Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan. the Midfield Star Is Vital to the Club, According to Goalkeeper Petr Cech (Below)

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Big Phil Has His Players Buzzing; Big Man for a Big Job: Phil Scolari Must Fight to Keep Frank Lampard out of the Clutches of Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan. the Midfield Star Is Vital to the Club, According to Goalkeeper Petr Cech (Below)

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Byline: Simon Johnson

WHEN Chelsea lost the Champions League Final in May, there were a fewpundits who questioned how the players could ever recover from such a blow. Yetnew manager Luiz Felipe Scolari healed the wounds within 10 minutes of meetingmost of them for the first time yesterday.

Some of the squad have had Euro 2008 to get memories of John Terry's penaltymiss out of their system, but the summer has dragged on for all those notinvolved in the competition, especially for the captain himself.

Since then, the news of Scolari's appointment has been confirmed and, just asit used to be on the first day at school, the players who turned up fortraining yesterday didn't know what to expect from the Brazilian.

Those involved in Euro 2008 had a stay of execution as they have a few moredays away on holiday, yet their team-mates are bound to have informed them thata new special one has arrived. For Scolari wasted no time in getting the grouptogether at a meeting to reassure them that he and his new coaching team are atStamford Bridge for one reason only and that is to bring success to the club.

Flanked by his trusted aides, assistant manager Flavio Teixeira, fitness coachDarlan Schneider, goalkeeping coach Carlos Pracidelli and coach Steve Clarke,he ensured everyone knew that they were all in it together.

His speech may have lasted only 10 minutes, yet it was enough time for theplayers to be convinced this was a man who meant business.

A source close to one of the players revealed how they were all left "buzzing"and full of energy following their first encounter with the 59-year-old, whichwould have proved useful as they then had to undergo a series of routinemedical and fitness tests.

Ashley Cole certainly seemed to revel in Scolari's first day on the job havingadmitted: "He seems like a good and fair guy. Really exciting times are ahead.We are looking forward to a new start and already have new signings like Decoand Jose Bosingwa." Much of the talk surrounding Scolari's methods in hisprevious roles as Portugal and Brazil coach has been about how he acts as afather figure and likes to build strong bonds with each member of his squad.His new players got a taste for it themselves as he spent time with each one asthey went from test to test.

Joe Cole was pictured looking at ease with his new manager as he underwent aneyesight examination.

The former Brazil coach made sure he was aware of everything that was going onand had plenty of time to talk to his players on an individual basis. However,he knows that there are many issues and challenges ahead and that's just in thesix weeks between now and the club's first game of the season againstPortsmouth.

His next tough task is to face the world media at his official unveiling thisafternoon and it will give him a chance to send out a message to Chelsea'srivals in the hunt for trophies and to those clubs interested in signing theirbest players. …

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