You're not bothered like us Brazilians! Piazon blasts Chelsea teammates as Cahill's out of Leeds clash after red card
23:03 GMT, 16 December 2012
Chelsea teenager Lucas Piazon today launched a scathing attack on his team-mates for their ‘unacceptable’ lack of effort during the defeat by Corinthians.
The 18-year-old forward, voted the club’s young player of the year in May, said only his Brazilian compatriots demonstrated any will to win the Club World Cup.
Piazon, an unused substitute in Japan, was reported on Brazilian website UOL Esporte as saying: ‘We didn’t have desire to be champions. I think only David Luiz and Ramires, the Brazilians, showed willpower. That’s why they’re sad.
Scathing attack: Lucas Piazon blasted his Chelsea teammates for their 'unacceptable' lack of effort in the Club World Cup final with Corinthians
Smiling no more: The Brazilian (left), pictured arriving in Japan with compatriot Ramires, didn't get off the bench in the tournament
‘The team went to the pitch with no desire. It’s unacceptable. I noticed David was sad. He was one of the few players that showed something in the game.’
Both Ramires and Luiz, who was named as second best player of the tournament, were in tears after the game as the Brazilian side became the first South American team to win the Club World Cup for six years.
Benched: Piazon (second left) could only watch as Chelsea were beaten 1-0 by the South American champions Corinthians
Piazon, the inspiration behind Chelsea’s FA Youth Cup win last season, has started both of the club’s Capital One Cup matches this season but it remains to be seen if he will feature in Wednesday’s quarter-final against Leeds — little more than 24 hours after the squad return to England.
Ruled out of the Leeds game is defender Gary Cahill, who was seething at the play-acting of Qatari-Brazilian Emerson, which led to the England defender being sent off in the 90th minute yesterday.
‘I am angry,’ said Cahill. ‘I’m disappointed in myself for my reaction but also because it’s OK for someone to lash out at you, but you do something back and it’s deemed a red card.
You're off: Gary Cahill (foreground) was sent off late in Chelsea's loss for kicking out at Corinthians' Emerson
‘I tackled him, we tangled up and he lashed out with his arm and hit me in the face. I thought that was out of order but I reacted in a bad way. Looking back there are two different stories.
‘Someone’s smashed me in the face but I didn’t roll around on the floor for five minutes holding my head. I got up, reacted and tapped him in the shin. He felt the need to go down, roll around on the floor for about five times holding his face.
‘I suppose that’s the story of the game really. In the context of the game it was disappointing.
Overreaction: 'It wouldn't have been enough to knock over my one-year-old daughter' says Cahill (left) of the kick that got him sent off
‘It was late on. It wasn’t as if it was in the 60th minute. I could have got him sent off if I’d rolled around for five minutes after he hit me. It probably is a red card but the reaction of the guy is totally out of order for what I did if you see the impact.
‘It wouldn’t have been enough to knock over my one-year-old daughter. I’m still angry.’
Cahill will automatically miss one game — against Leeds — and FIFA’s disciplinary department will decide this week whether it will be extended to more.
‘I have a heavy heart,’ added Luiz, a Corinthians fan as a boy, after the defeat. ‘I cried. I wanted to win. I dreamed one day of playing in the Club World Cup final. I say congratulations to Corinthians but I cannot be happy.
‘You can cry one night. Tomorrow is another day. Life continues. I say thanks to God for my life always, in good and bad moments.’
Luiz produced another excellent performance in central defence and added: ‘Three months ago, two months ago, other people spoke bad about David Luiz and tried to kill me but I have confidence in my life.
‘I think I played well. I just try to help Chelsea. I came to Chelsea two years ago and many people didn’t know who David Luiz was. In the first month, second month, I did a great job and won some titles. Some people like you, some don’t.
‘What I want to do is put my head in the pillow and say I worked hard, did my best and I can sleep.’
Frank Lampard returned to the side as captain and insisted nobody had underestimated the competition.
Defeated: David Luiz (foreground) looks on as he watches his boyhood club Corinthians celebrate winning the Club World Cup
‘We’re disappointed,’ said Lampard. ‘It was certainly a meaningful competition.
‘There was a great crowd for the final. The Chelsea fans have followed us well and as a club we wanted to win it.
‘It was always going to be a tough game. They’re a physical team as well as one with ability.
Once you give Brazilian teams a goal they’re adept at sitting back and counter-attacking. It was difficult to break them down. We didn’t play at our best.’