Chelsea’s young forward Lucas Piazon uses Twitter to repudiate the validity of claims that his comments after the FIFA Club World Club were too critical of his team-mates.
In Piazon’s initial comments, praise was saved for fellow Brazilians Oscar, David Luiz and Ramires.
“We played without any determination, without a love for the shirt. Nobody wanted to play football. At least Oscar did try,” said Piazon.
“We lacked a lot of things, especially the will to be a champion. I think Ramires, David Luiz, just the Brazilians were the only ones that gave their everything, showed character and that is why they are sad.”
Commenting on the non-Brazilian nationals at Chelsea, Piazon said that “I won’t name names, but the team played with no will. You can’t play a final like this without the will to play. That’s unacceptable.”
“I haven’t spoken to anybody, but I’ve noticed David Luiz was upset. It’s not a coincidence, he was one of the few that cared about the match, that gave his all,” he continued.
Far from being seen as an impassioned defence of footballing values, the majority have tried to take the player’s statement as caustic condemnation regarding Chelsea’s performance against Corinthians in Sunday’s final.
The player took to Twitter to smooth over any tensions that his comments may have caused, “All I said was that Corinthians had more courage to play the final than us, that they wanted more this title and that they played with more passion than us!”
He ended by saying “I would never say something about my team mates, I’m just 18 and with them I learn a lot of good things. And I also said that this title is so important for the South American clubs and that was a dream for me, that’s why I was so sad.”