Chelsea superkid Musonda: This criticised ex-Blue is still a hero

Chelsea youngster Charly Musonda has come out in defence of David Luiz.

As Brazil crashed 7-1 to Germany in the World Cup semi-final, there was no guessing as to who took the brunt of the criticism.

David Luiz's defending was singled out by BBC pundit Alan Hansen for a mauling, but to be fair to him - there was not a single Selecao player on the pitch to emerge with any credit.

This is certainly a time when Luiz, hero of the quarter-final with an astonishing 35-yard free-kick winner, will find out who his true friends are.

One to come out fighting in praise of him, is Chelsea under-21 star Charly Musonda, who knows the now PSG defender well.

He posted on his Instagram page yesterday morning, his belief that Luiz is still a 'hero' for handling the defeat with good grace.

"@davidluiz_4 #hero #idolo Humble in defeat as he is when is victorious, a champion plays for the love of the game, for nothing more and won't settle for anything less."

Luiz will take a long while to get over the defeat, but he is in good hands at PSG. He has a fresh start, away from the British media which have severely criticised him at times, and would only have been too quick to pounce at only the smallest mistake next season.

He will play alongside Thiago Silva, who was so dearly missed by Brazil last night, and whose partnership with Luiz looked as impressive this tournament as it did at the Confederations Cup last summer.

Musonda's praise shows the high regard all who know him at Chelsea hold him in, and his popularity at PSG will surely be equally if not even more pronounced.

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