Article published on 2016-10-31 by ChelseaStats in Uncategorised.
Jamie ‘hate to say so but’ Redknapp even thought Luiz was the real deal and chelsea hating Garth Crooks picks him again – for the third straight week.
Probably doing something right.
Centre-back – David Luiz (Chelsea)
David Luiz has kept four clean sheets in six league games since rejoining Chelsea, making four blocks v Southampton
Eden Hazard and Diego Costa will get the headlines but their performance against a very good Southampton team doesn’t tell the entire story of Chelsea’s resurgence. The real deal is David Luiz at the centre of defence. I said after their clean sheet against Leicester City that here is a player who is taking defending his goal and goalkeeper very seriously. I’ve no doubt that the Italian ‘catenaccio’ (bolt the door) philosophy has been embedded into a transformed back five by Blues boss Antonio Conte, but Luiz stands defiant at the heart of that new regime.
Centre-back – Gary Cahill (Chelsea)
Gary Cahill is part of a defence who haven’t conceded in any of their past four league games, and is one of two Chelsea defenders to start every top-flight game this season, along with Cesar Azpilicueta
Four Premier League wins and four clean sheets don’t come by accident. The trio of Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Gary Cahill, with the assistance of Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso, are in danger of making that ‘catenaccio’ style very popular indeed in the Premier League. Other teams are playing with three central defenders at the back but no team is nearly as effective as Chelsea. I would argue that, of the three central defenders, the new regime seems to have suited new captain Gary Cahill the most. The three defenders appear to have taken keeping clean sheets personally.