David Luiz the "Monster in Midfield".
Jose Mourinho described David Luiz as a "Monster" after the game last night and I have to say, it's arguably the best per...
Jose Mourinho described David Luiz as a "Monster" after the game last night and I have to say, it's arguably the best performance we have seen from him since he moved into that position.
Every player played their part in another remarkable European night at Stamford Bridge but, knowing the amount of stick he often receives from pundits and the media alike, I wanted to talk about his influence and the role he played last night.
As I have said, often criticised for his defensive performances, for giving away needless free kicks and stupid tackles (according to these pundits) Luiz has even been described before as being controlled by a 10-year old kid on Playstation!
There is still plenty of debate in the terraces, pubs around the ground and on websites like these, as to what is his best position as he will play as a centre back for Brazil in Rio this summer. I believe that Mourinho still sees him as someone who plays in that position personally but the form of Gary Cahill and John Terry has forced Mourinho into a rethink regarding Luiz.
So to last night and I just want to paint a picture here for you before the game had kicked off. There was no Ramires who was suspended for the game. There was no Nemanja Matic who as we all know is cup-tied for the Champions League because he has already played in the competition for Benfica and Mikel was left on the bench.
Luiz started alongside Frank Lampard and would have to be the more defensive minded of the two and after Frank Lampard received a booking it became clear that Luiz would have to play slightly deeper than him and prove the defensive stability in front of the back four we needed.
The point of this whole blog post is what happened after Frank Lampard was replaced by Demba Ba and Jose Mourinho decided to really attack PSG chasing that second goal. Luiz was now our ONLY defensive midfielder and the only screen in front of our back four!
Now some people have questioned his temperament, we have seen him make some rash challenges in his time here and now, we needed Luiz to become a leader, the lynch pin that all of our play was built from and he did not disappoint.
There was no stupid tackles in dangerous areas, there was no silly free kicks as Luiz stood his ground, read the game and anticipated a pass and either won the tackle or intercepted the ball and started off yet another Chelsea attack.
Not only did he win balls but with the ball at his feet, Luiz became the conductor of Mourinho's Orchestra and quite literally dominated midfield up against three opponents playing in the same position!
I could sit here and write an article on each and every single player today after the performance and result last night. However, I wanted to give special praise to David Luiz because as Jose Mourinho described him after the game "He was a Monster!".