Speaking at a Pepsi art exhibit featuring his likeness earlier this week, Chelsea FC defender and sometimes midfielder David Luiz was asked how he feels about life at the club under Jose Mourinho. The always smiling Luiz has been the third choice centerback this season and has seen more and more time as a holding midfielder, an idea initially put in to action by interim manager Rafael Benitez last year. Luiz is still first choice at centerback for Brazil and this has many wondering if the he will look for another club in the summer where he can play his natural position. If he does, the media believes Paris St. Germain, FC Barcelona, and Bayern Munich will be knocking at his door hoping for his signature.
Luiz on life at Chelsea with Mourinho:
“He has a great ability to work. I’m a guy with an open heart. I want to learn every day. I’m happy with this, I’m happy when I can play for a big club and have an opportunity to work with a good coach.”
The past two Chelsea matches have featured a defensive partnership of David Luiz and Gary Cahill at centerback and neither have ended very well for the Blues. The draw at West Brom sticks out because it was Luiz who allowed Victor Anichebe to establish position ahead of him for the late equalizer. The loss to Manchester City was more of a collective poor effort from all those involved but Luiz did nothing to redeem himself. He is a fine centerback but his buccaneering style requires a more conservative and positionally intelligent partner next to him, which Gary Cahill is not. It seems that, at least in a Chelsea shirt, his natural position is as a holding midfielder and Mourinho will try and bring out the best in him no matter where he lines up on the pitch.
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