That Zagallo story is a gross exaggeration. While Zagallo was a terrible coach in the 90s, in the 70s Tostao gives him credit for being ahead of the times. And Tostao is a very reliable source. I won't translate since you should understand Portuguese. “É mentira e uma injustiça com Zagallo quando dizem que a seleção de 70 não precisava de técnico porque tinha muitos craques. Dos treinadores que tive, Zagallo foi o único que sabia e treinava os detalhes táticos. Na época, os técnicos não se preocupavam com isso. Hoje, só pensam nisso”, escreveu Tostão em sua coluna na Folha de São Paulo em 12 de junho de 2005. https://mwfutebol.com.br/2018/04/18...a-tritadura-analise-da-selecao-na-copa-de-70/ I don't think Zagallo was going to misuse Pelé. The controversy was that Tostão was tried in a position that Zagallo didn't think would work because that's not where he played at Cruzeiro. It ended up working. I don't know if that was Pelé's influence or not. People say it may have been Pelé that convinced him. But even so that doesn't mean Zagallo was an spectator. If you read the link you can see Tostao talking about his training methods and etc ... And honestly, hearing Pelé's commentary on games and players, I am not convinced he was astute enough to make tactical changes in a team. And again, this is 2018, I dare you to find players who will change tactics during the game against the coaches orders. Even though if you have been reading the news, it sounds like Argentina players tried to do that before the Croatia game putting up a fight against Sampaoli's new tactic.