Thiago Silva: Brazil need fans now more than ever

The Selecao captain has called on his nation's supporters to put their World Cup semi-final defeat behind them and support the team ahead of the third place play-off
Thiago Silva has urged disgruntled Brazil fans to help the crestfallen World Cup hosts overcome the side's semi-final capitulation.

The Selecao captain was missing through suspension in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday as his side suffered a humiliating 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany.

And the Paris Saint-Germain defender, who had watched on from the stands, has asked the Brazil faithful to show their backing for a squad that is hurting badly.

"It's almost impossible to explain what happened," he told the Brazilian Football Confederation's website.

"The team was not the Brazil squad that usually presents itself."

A desperate first-half performance saw Brazil go into the break 5-0 down and things barely improved after the interval as Germany cruised into an eighth World Cup final.

Brazil fans, so fervent in their support of the national team throughout the tournament, were stunned into silence and even began to applaud Joachim Low's side after Andre Schurrle netted the seventh goal.

Thiago Silva, who had watched on from the stands, took to the field after the final whistle to console his team-mates, with stand-in skipper David Luiz particularly upset.

"The pain from this defeat is too big. It is during this bad time that we need the strength of the fans even more," he added.

"I guarantee that we will play Saturday's game like it was the final of the World Cup."

The 29-year-old is expected to return for the third-place play-off in Brasilia on Saturday against either Netherlands or Argentina.