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Rafa reflects on defender’s new role

Benitez impressed with David Luiz in the midfield

By | 13th December 2012
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Interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has stopped short of saying that Brazilian defender David Luiz will now become a defensive midfielder but conceded that the player’s solid performance against Monterrey is likely to earn him more time in that role.

After months of wishful thinking from Blues supporters that Luiz would be installed in the midfield, Benitez finally experimented with the idea when Chelsea faced Monterrey in the FIFA Club World Cup semifinals earlier today in Japan.

Luiz not only demonstrated impressive box-to-box thinking, but also accomplished Benitez’s goal of shutting down the Mexican opposition’s passing penetration before the ball even threatened the Blues’ defense.

“The main idea for playing David Luiz there was for this game because Monterrey are good between the lines where they like to play little penetrating passes. They have the left winger going inside a lot so we wanted more players in this area,” Benitez told Chelsea’s official website following the team’s 3-1 win.

The Spaniard added: “I know David Luiz well when he was at Benfica and played centre-back, right-back, left-back or defensive midfield and he can regain a lot of balls and at the same time he can play the ball.

“He can win it in the air and has fresh legs. It [placing him in the midfield] was mainly for this game but it is always an option for the future.”

Saluting the performance

Aside from Luiz, Benitez also expressed his satisfaction with all other players and saluted the performance of Chelsea’s traveling supporters as well.

“It was good play – a high tempo, great goals and great movement, and a lot of positives for us against a team that are well-organized. I am not happy with the goal we conceded because these little things can make a difference in a final,” Benitez explained ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Brazilian outfit Corinthians.

“I was really pleased to see 1000 of our fans, it is important when you know what it means to come here from England. It is good and I am pleased for them. Hopefully we can win the title for our fans,” he concluded.

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  1. We cn convert him 2 defensive midfielder.

  2. Alan Frank says:

    This is David Luiz's best position and the club should always play him as a defensive midfielder but preferably with Ramires rather than Mikel….

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