Lucas Piazon criticizes Chelsea 'mates
Chelsea's Lucas Piazon criticized his teammates' attitude during Sunday's Club World Cup final defeat to Corinthians, claiming his fellow Brazilians were the only ones to have put in the required effort.
Chelsea went down 1-0 in Yokohama, Japan, and Piazon, an unused substitute in the match, hit out at an "unacceptable" lack of fight shown by Rafael Benitez's team.
"A lot of us were missing the desire to be champion. I think Ramires and David Luiz, the Brazilians were the ones who gave the most, and now they are sad," he told Brazilian website UOL Esporte.
"We lacked character. Nobody wanted to fight. ... We went into a final without the will to win, and that's unacceptable," he said.
Piazon added that Luiz was one of the few players to show any sign of disappointment after the match.
"David was upset," he said. "I'm not surprised. He was one of the few who cared and gave what he had in the match."
Goalkeeper Petr Cech told his Chelsea teammates it was up to them to prove they had not blown their only chance of Club World Cup glory following their stunning defeat to Corinthians.
"I said to the guys on the pitch, 'Now, it's only up to us,' he told Chelsea TV. "If we want to have another chance, we need to qualify for next year's Champions League.
"We will try to win it, and then we can come to the same tournament again and have another go. So, it is the only way."
Corinthians, which won the inaugural tournament in 2000, joined Barcelona as the only teams to win the title twice.
Information from Press Association and The Associated Press was used in this report.