Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has moved to shield David Luiz from criticism in the aftermath of Brazil’s 7-1 World Cup semi-final embarrassment against Germany, ESPN
Luiz was targeted for his performance in the match as Germany took a five-goal lead by half-time and added to the advantage after the break, with Chelsea’s Oscar getting a last minute consolation.
The now former Chelsea defender was captain for the night in the absence of Thiago Silva, who was suspended. Luiz, who will play alongside Silva at Paris Saint-Germain next year after a £50m move, shouldn’t be singled out, Mourinho told Yahoo.
“I don’t think it’s fair to separate a player from the team, because the team was really bad,” the Portuguese said. “David made mistakes? Yes he did. But, Dante made mistakes, Marcelo made mistakes, Fernandinho made mistakes. The team as a team made mistakes. So I don’t think it’s fair.
“I think everyone in my situation, everyone that is a player, everyone that is a Coach, everyone that is not involved in the World Cup, but could be in that position.
“I think all of us are feeling really sorry for them because it is a historical moment,” Mourinho continued. “A moment that we will remember forever the same way that we all know that once many, many, many years ago, once Brazil lost a World Cup final against Uruguay in America and the same way my son who is 14 years old son knows that.
“In 50 years’ time our kids will know that Brazil lost at home against Germany, 1-7. From my point of view, from the professional point of view, it’s heart-breaking and I’m really sorry for them.”
Luiz made 143 appearances for the Blues in his three-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge, having moved from Benfica in January 2011. He scored 12 goals and helped Chelsea to victory in the Europa League in 2012, against his former team.