Brazil exited the World Cup on Tuesday night in a devastating 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals.
BBC Match of the Day pundit and former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand remarked after the 7-1 semi-final loss that some of the Brazil players may never recover from their humiliating and devastating capitulation against the Germans.
"I would worry that the Brazilian players might never recover from this," the defender told FIFA.com. "Some might not be able to come back from this."
Three Chelsea stars were involved for Brazil in the gruesome defeat by a slick, organized and efficient Germany performance at the Esatdio Mineirao – the host nation’s dreams of World Cup glory were left in utter ruins.
The Blues, of course, had Andre Schurrle on the winning side, and the forward score a brace in the second half but what affect will this dramatic crash out of the tournament have on the Chelsea stars on the losing side?
Oscar is 22 years of age and, having played the full game, was in tears in the aftermath whilst 25-year-old Willian and 27-year-old Ramires will have likely felt the damage had already been done by the time they arrived on the pitch after half time but the confidence of the former, still a very young player with exceptional talent, could well be affected by such a horrific experience in that game.
It could go either way, as they say – the players could feel the only way to go from here is up and they may use this defeat to galvanize and prove themselves, with renewed motivation to prove themselves for their club next season and for the years that will come before the next World Cup in 2018.
For Oscar the silver lining is that this will likely not be his last World Cup but for the elder Ramires that is not guaranteed. They will pick themselves up, dust themselves off, take a holiday from next week and try to regroup ahead of the new campaign with Chelsea for which they have all to play for in the Premier League, Champions League, and domestic cups.
If anyone is qualified to pick these players up and boost their confidence, it is manager Jose Mourinho – he will be the one responsible now for ensuring a line is draw under this dark day for Brazil and that the future is bright for the Brazilians at Stamford Bridge.