Article published on 2016-11-21 by ChelseaStats in Uncategorised.
Luiz for me is more like traditional sweeper now sitting deeper to tidy up but with the ability to step out like Cox describes below. His passing range makes him the perfect candidate for this role. It’s not something Terry or Zouma can do. Luiz is integral to this formation working.
The defender in that position is often considered the ‘spare man’, but here David Luiz was generally battling against Negredo, sticking extremely tight and conceding a couple of free-kicks when moving high up the pitch, but ultimately preventing the Spaniard from turning or linking play. On a couple of occasions his anticipation directly led to Chelsea attacks, with one incident in the second half their best move of the game: the Brazilian won the ball quickly, advanced down the right and played a wonderful diagonal ball to Costa, whose knockdown allowed Pedro a shot, which hit the bar.
Source: Michael Cox / Guardian