Had it not been the introduction of Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea David Luiz’s career would have been in shambles. The Brazilian defender has redefined himself under the new Italian manager and has emerged as one of the key players in the new system.
Luiz was frozen out by former manager Antonio Conte in the latter part of a disappointing campaign and defender was heavily expected to leave the Stamford Bridge. But he stood firm and decided to fight for a place and the decision seems to have reaped benefits as the 31 year old has completed 90 minutes in all the seven matches in the Premier League.
Luiz produced a brilliant performance to restrict Liverpool although he was denied a clean sheet by a Daniel Sturridge stunner his contribution in this season has been immense.
With Chelsea fighting for the Premier League title Luiz is set to have a more prominent role for the Blues. He said, “I think it is about training every day.
“In the first week I talked to him and said to him that I’m going to work harder to show I want to get into his team and play his philosophy.
“His philosophy is great. It is to press all the time, to play with the ball, possession, without being scared, with happiness, and in the end being concentrated for 90 minutes. That is important. I’m trying to do my best every single match.
“I was a champion with Conte and was in the best XI so I cannot say this way. Conte was a bit more defensive, Sarri is more offensive. I try to adapt. I was playing in a back three in the middle and now I’m playing in a back four. You have to adapt in every match.”