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1 hour ago, Martin1905 said:

Ampadu has signed a new 5 year contract. 

This is great news! I've seen a few bits recently about other clubs sniffing around etc, so to nail him down is a great move by the club. I really hope he gets some game time this season and even more the following - this kid can skip the loan period and push for a match day place within in a couple of years IMO.

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Just keep him off the pitch when David Luis is playing - I can't tell them apart from a distance!

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Since the David Luiz thread is closed for further comments I'll post this here. From We aint got no history:

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It was a mistake (or two) against also Manchester United a couple months later that earned him Carlo Ancelotti’s ire and benched him for the remainder of the season — which, in fairness, only had two more games left.

Villas-Boas, like others who’d follow him, raved about David Luiz’s technical abilities and reading of the game, but his tactics also exposed the then 24-year-old’s worst tendencies. It all led to the famous “as if controlled by a 10-year-old [on a] PlayStation” comment from Gary Neville, and it also led to AVB’s sacking.

Neville would eventually reverse his opinion on quite significantly (“from Playstation to perfect”), though not before David Luiz won a Champions League final, excelled as a midfielder, won a Europa League final, was incompatible with and sold by Mourinho (for possibly a world-record price!), became a laughing stock at the 2014 World Cup, came back to Chelsea, and became the best in the world under Conte.

Twelve months later, he was back in the doghouse, injured and ostracized, not necessarily in that order. But he’s kept his head down, continued to be an amazing human being, and now he’s once again crucial to the way Chelsea play. He’s by no means perfect — he will never be — as some of the goals Chelsea have given up can attest to (Newcastle’s equalizer comes to mind), but he also adds that now familiar technical dimension to the backline that is often needed even in Sarri’s perfectly crafted passing nirvana. This is especially the case as Andreas Christensen, whom David mentored throughout last season, seems to have hit a fairly lengthy rough patch.

For Sarri, David Luiz has been nothing short of a revelation.

“He is much better than I thought before. Much better, as a player and a man. I don’t know what happened before, but when I arrived immediately I had a feeling he is a very good player for my way of football as he is a very technical centre-back. I appreciate very much the man as he is direct. If he has to say something to me, he does that.

“He was a little confused as two seasons ago he was a protagonist, but then came six months without playing. So he was a little confused. I think he is very able to play my way with his characteristics. He is very technical and understands the action of the defensive line very much.”

 

I think this is the best summary of David Luiz I have read. In a nutshell that is him. 

In this type of system he is instrumental. Impossible to bench unless we wign a ball-playing CB at least in par with Luiz when it comes to the technical aspects of the game. But then he needs to be better defensively. How many of them CBs hang around in Europe? How many of those very few are even remotely gettable? 

David Luiz deserves a lot more respect for what he does well. My worry isn't David Luiz, it's Andreas Christensen. He's developing far too much towards the "Jamie Carragher" direction than the "David Luiz" direction. Christensen needs to work on his confidence with the ball at his feet. Far too many rabbit-caught-in-the-headlights-situations for my taste. In this system that sticks out like a sore thumb. 

Cahill may be able to threathen Rüdiger in stretches. But not over a full season. Hopefully Cahill stays on for the season though... I'd feel very uncomfortable only having Christensen and Ampadu as CB options to Luiz and Rüdiger!

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41 minutes ago, The_Ghost said:

Cahill may be able to threathen Rüdiger in stretches. But not over a full season. Hopefully Cahill stays on for the season though... I'd feel very uncomfortable only having Christensen and Ampadu as CB options to Luiz and Rüdiger!

Needs to be said, that Rudiger with his extreme pace plus his height and general awareness is the perfect complement to Luiz or indeed any of our CBs.  Gallas to JT

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