Longtime Shanghaiist contributor Cammy Wilson caught an interview with Shanghai Shenhua coach Miroslav Blažević, in which he lambasted critics for complaining about the team’s recently mediocre record. Uploaded onto Shenhua’s website and official news channel, the video sees Blažević defending Shenhua’s performance while raging against detractors.
Cammy has helpfully given us a run down of his ranting for those who don’t speak Serbo-Croat or Mandarin. In one of the better parts of the video (which you can watch here):
Around half way through the broadcast, Blažević becomes very upset, to the point of leaving his chair to make a few points on camera. This takes the cameraman by surprise and we are treated to a close-up of Blažević’s torso whilst the picture is re-adjusted.
Later Blažević returns to a seated position, but his disposition remains heated.
He says, “The agreement was I would work here one more year so I will clarify something. In a word, the atmosphere here is perfect. If it’s not, if you think not, then just wait a while, I will change the team totally, because I am a perfectionist.”
Visibly pained, he says, “I can’t sleep because I’m not in a very good situation, I’m frustrated, thinking about myself and my assistant, because something here is quite special. If you win all the games, no-one will say much. If you lose one game, then some useful comments can come.”
For more of the freak out, and some commentary on Shenhua’s chances this year, head to Wild East Football.