Monday, December 17, 2012
CHELSEA TEENAGE STAR BLAST TEAM MATES FOR NOT SHOWING REMORSE AFTER FIFA WORLD CLUB DEFEAT
Chelsea teenager Lucas Piazon today launched a scathing attack on his team-mates for their ‘unacceptable’ lack of effort during the defeat by Corinthians.
Piazon, 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.
The 18-year-old forward, who was 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.
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.
However, Frank Lampard, who returned to the side as captain, insisted nobody had underestimated the competition.
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.
Cahill will automatically miss one game — against Leeds — and FIFA’s disciplinary department will decide this week whether it will be extended to more.