The biggest semi-final defeat in the history of the World Cup, inflicted by Germany on hosts Brazil, will have implications far outside the stadium.
The humiliating nature of the 7-1 defeat left fans and players shattered, and even victory in the third-place playoff on Saturday will not begin to ease their pain.
For fans of Chelsea, the concern is the long-term impact this will have on the three Blues players in the Brazilian team.
Ramires and Willian came on as substitutes, while Oscar played the full 90 minutes. The youngest of the group also appeared most broken by the result, sobbing into the shoulder of suspended captain Thiago Silva after the match:
oscar dont cry 😭 respect to silva though pic.twitter.com/snl9yvkVdF— d&b (@lizasoberaYES) July 8, 2014
Jose Mourinho has begun welcoming members of the first team back to Cobham for pre-season training this week.
Players such as Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta and Cesc Fabregas will join their teammates who played no part in the tournament at all, while the Nigerian, Belgian and Brazilian contingents will stagger their arrivals over the next few weeks.
When Ramires, Willian and Oscar arrive back to training, Mourinho will have his work cut out to make sure that they bounce back from this upset.
Considering his plan to build around Oscar in the No. 10 role, it is vital that the 22-year-old allows Mourinho to work his psychological magic to strengthen him ahead of the 2014-15 season.
Despite scoring the late consolation goal and receiving a 10/10 rating from WhoScored.com after the opening game against Croatia, Oscar has been in Neymar’s shadow for much of the tournament.
If the semi-final against Germany was an opportunity to make his mark, he failed miserably and will need to bounce back if he is to keep his place in the Chelsea side.
Ramires will also need to work hard in preseason training. He committed seven fouls throughout the tournament while making just five successful tackles, four key passes and one assist.
Despite only making four brief substitute appearances, Willian came off best of the Brazilian Blues throughout the tournament.
He had three shots and four key passes with an overall passing accuracy of 94.4 percent, and although he may rue not having more chances to shine, he will be able to hold his head up knowing he did his best.
Chelsea may struggle to rouse Oscar from his misery but will have a ready-made replacement in the form of Germany's Andre Schurrle.
Like Willian and Ramires, Schurrle has been restricted to a role off the bench throughout this World Cup. However, he has managed to score three goals from 13 shots and has completed 80 percent of his passes. Schurrle has looked sharp and has linked up with his countrymen well.
If he can find the same understanding with Eden Hazard next season, Oscar will have even more to worry about.
Statistics per WhoScored.
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