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David Luiz: "I Only Wanted to See People Smiling"

07/09/2014 - 10h12

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BERNARDO ITRI
FABIANO MAISONNAVE
MARCEL RIZZO
SÉRGIO RANGEL
SPECIAL ENVOYS TO BELO HORIZONTE

Pain and humiliation. These were the two words mostly used by Brazilian players as they exited the changing rooms for the coach that was headed to the plane that would take them back to Rio de Janeiro.

David Luiz, the team's defender and the captain of this Tuesday's match, July 8th, was the only player to be applauded by the crowd as he left the pitch at Estádio Mineirão. The worst thing about this defeat, he said, was letting Brazil's fans down.

"I'm sorry, everyone. I apologize to all Brazilians, all I wanted was to see everyone smiling. God knows how much I wanted the whole of Brazil to be happy for the football", David Luiz said.

"But they [the Germans] were better, they prepared themselves better, they played a better game, we took four goals in six minutes."

The Brazilian defender said that the most upsetting thing was to cut the link with the fans that had been established with Brazil's win at the 2013 Confederations Cup.

"I hope fans, the Brazilian people, use the national team and our closeness, to reach out for other things in life, not just things related to football", the defender concluded, without giving examples of the things that could be sought by the Brazilian people.

Suspended following a yellow card in the previous match, the defender Thiago Silva said he was not sure whether his presence would have made Germany less deadly. "We could have lost by eight or nine goals with me on, who knows The pain is so strong I cannot even cry."

Thiago Silva used the word humiliation to define the defeat to Germany. "It was by 7-1. There isn't another word to describe this."

Brazil's right-back Maicon said that this Tuesday was the worst day of his professional life. "It is impossible to explain what is unexplainable", the player concluded.

Translated by CRISTIANE COSTA LIMA

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Eddie Keogh/Reuters
Brazil's David Luiz (L) is consoled by teammate Thiago Silva after their loss to Germany
Brazil's David Luiz (L) is consoled by teammate Thiago Silva after their loss to Germany