Pat Nevin pondered whether Chelsea duo Jorginho and Emerson Palmieri could have helped Brazil become Copa America champions.

Writing in his column on the club website, Nevin put forward the question concerning the Stamford Bridge pair.

Brazil were beaten 1-0 by Argentina on Sunday evening, a final that included Thiago Silva.

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It was a historic night for La Albiceleste on two accounts.

Lionel Messi incredibly lifted his first major international trophy, which in turn ended Argentina’s 28-year wait for silverware success.  

Brazil needing two Blues

Yet, Nevin felt the result could have been flipped in Brazil’s favour had Jorginho and Emerson been present.

The ex-Chelsea man said: “Maybe Brazil would have won had Jorginho and Emerson chosen to play for the country of their births!

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“I believe Jorginho would grace any team in the world and make them better and he would have suited Brazil’s style too.

“Also, if you look at the goal Argentina scored to win the cup, it comes from a terrible error by left full-back Lodi. What if Emerson had been playing there? We will never know.”

Swapping sides

Jorginho and Emerson might well have been playing for Brazil on Sunday had they not switched their national team allegiances.

Both hail from the South American country, but moved to Italy at a young age and thus changed their nationality.

This ultimately benefitted the Azzurri, who were crowned European Champions on the same day Brazil were defeated finalists.

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Italian delight rained down upon Wembley on the weekend after they beat England on penalties.

Emerson and Jorginho started the showpiece event, with the latter taking and failing to convert from the spot-kick.

But this eventually didn’t matter as Italy hauled themselves over the line and became continental victors.

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