With Thiago Silva serving a suspension after receiving two yellow cards in the World Cup, David Luiz was named team captain for Brazil’s match against Germany. As you know, Brazil suffered one of the most embarrassing losses in its country’s history when the Germans destroyed them 7-1. You could tell Luiz felt responsible after the match.
During a postgame interview on live television, Luiz sobbed while apologizing for the mind-boggling lack of effort his side showed. His comments were translated by 3 News.
“Apologies to everybody, apologies to all the Brazilian people,” Luiz said. “I just wanted to see my people smile. We all know how important it was for me to see all of Brazil be happy, at least because of football.
“They were better than us. They prepared better. They played better. It’s a very sad day but it’s also a day from which to learn.”
Luiz turned 27 earlier this year, so he probably has one more World Cup left to play. He played particularly poorly against Germany and, like many of his teammates, looked lost without Silva.
Not having Silva and Neymar certainly hurt Brazil, but it should not have hurt them enough that they would give up five goals in the first 30 minutes of the match. While making it to the semifinal is always a great achievement, its a shame Brazil went out with that type of performance as the host nation.
H/T Dirty Tackle