Jose Mourinho has said it is unfair to blame David Luiz for Brazil’s 7-1 World Cup semi-final humiliation at the hands of Germany.
Luiz stood in as captain on the night in the absence of suspended central-defensive partner Thiago Silva and was singled out as having put in a dire performance with Brazil going 5-0 down after just 29 minutes.
While there can be little doubt that the absence of his Paris Saint-German team-mate was instrumental in destabilising the hosts early in the match, Luiz came in for widespread criticism from pundits and public alike.
“I don’t think it’s fair to separate a player from the team, because the team was really bad,” said the Chelsea manager, who sold Luiz to PSG for a reported fee of £50 million last month before the tournament began.
“David made mistakes? Yes he did. But Dante made mistakes, Marcelo made mistakes, Fernandinho made mistakes,” Mourinho (right) added. “The team as a team made mistakes. So I don’t think it’s fair.”
Brazil 1 Germany 7 player ratings
Brazil 1 Germany 7 player ratings
1/22 Brazil: Julio Cesar
Having performed so well before, especially in the last 16 against Chile, must have been distraught at the disaster in front of him. Powerless. 4/10
A 32-year-old with that much experience should be taking responsibility, but Maicon never did, simply making the runs he wanted to make. 3
3/22 David Luiz
Instead of showing discipline and leadership, rising to the role of captain, he was abysmal, playing only his own game and abdicating all responsibility. 2
Always unlikely to replace Thiago Silva adequately, and he provided none of the skill, awareness, leadership or discipline his captain does. 3
Conceded the corner for the first goal and never looked especially keen on stopping Germany from adding to their tally. 2
6/22 Luis Gustavo
Asked to provide balance in midfield, he was swamped by Khedira and Kroos, as the spine of this Brazil side melted away in the first half. 3
Utterly outclassed by the German midfield, he could barely get on the ball until scoring his sharp consolation goal. 4
Just as anonymous as he had been for the rest of the tournament and once the damage had been done he was booed and jeered by the fans. 2
Meant to provide energy and presence in midfield but he was dismal, swamped by German numbers and gifting the ball for the fourth. Off at half-time. 2
Did have an opening or two in Brazil’s bright opening but, not for the first time, lacked the skill to take advantage. Did not make the second half. 2
Trusted to fill Neymar’s role, by the time he saw the ball Brazil had already lost. At least he wanted to try things in the second half. 4
12/22 Germany: Manuel Neuer
Did in fact have a few saves to make, early in the second half, and he was impeccable again until Oscar’s late consolation goal. 7/10
Made one excellent tackle on Marcelo when the game was still 0-0. After that it was all attack, crossing well from the right for the third and sixth goals. 8
Called upon once or twice to defend, which he did very well, and spent the rest of the evening admiring the quality of his team’s forward play. 7
His only disappointment, having come off at half-time for Per Mertesacker, is that he could not add to his goal tally for the tournament. 7
Not quite as incisive as Lahm on the opposite side, but was still impressive, never once beaten defensively and providing a useful option out wide. 7
Operating in the oceans of space in front of Brazil’s centre-backs, he played the through pass for the second goal and scored the third and fourth. 10
Can barely have expected such a comfortable evening, winning the ball and moving it forward for his team-mates to do the damage. 8
Showed he is one of the best big-game players in the world, with that brilliant nose for goal to score the first. Wonderful movement from then on. 10
The man whose expert shuttling and well-timed runs destroyed Brazil’s collapsing system. Made the fourth, scored the fifth and could have had more. 10
Had more than enough space in wide areas to enjoy himself, always moving intelligently and involved in creating two of the first-half goals. 8
On the night Germany humiliated Brazil, Klose broke Ronaldo’s World Cup scoring record, beating Julio Cesar for the second goal. 8
The Portuguese also said he felt sorry for Brazil, who are coached by Luiz Felipe Scolari – the second of seven managers appointed by Chelsea after Mourinho’s first stint at the club came to an end in 2007.
Scolari lasted just 36 matches before Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich replaced him with Guus Hiddink in 2009.
“I think all of us are feeling really sorry for them because it is a historical moment,” Mourinho told Yahoo. “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.”