Julio Cesar struggles to comprehend Brazil defeat
Goalkeeper Julio Cesar is struggling to comprehend Brazil’s shocking 7-1 defeat to Germany in their World Cup semi-final.
The veteran stopper was faultless on all the goals he conceded, but admits he would rather have made a costly mistake and lost 1-0, than be beaten in such a startling manor.
“It’s honestly hard to explain what happened. It’s like trying to explain something inexplicable,” he said, as reported by Football Italia.
“I think we should recognise the great football played by the German side. I believe everything was going well until now and was so beautiful.
“The entire Brazilian population was cheering us on, but we were unable to fulfil their dreams. Now everyone will talk, apologise and ask for forgiveness. We have to acknowledge it’s an incredibly heavy defeat.
“It was a black-out. Nobody expected this. Now we will go home to our families and embrace them. We apologise to the Brazilian fans, but we can do nothing else.
“I recognise I made mistakes and take on my share of the responsibility. I had prepared for this tournament for many years.
“I honestly would’ve preferred to lose 1-0 with my howler than to suffer a defeat like this. We’ve all been through tough times, but I thank God for giving me the chance to play the World Cup in my home country. I am grateful for that.”