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DAVID LUIZ ON BELIEF IN MAURIZIO SARRI'S STYLE AND FACING MANCHESTER UNITED.

The Blues take on Manchester United in the tie of the FA Cup fifth round at Stamford Bridge on Monday, and David Luiz says he hasn’t been surprised by the Red Devils’ upturn in fortunes of late given the overall strength of their squad.

United suffered their first defeat under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when they were beaten by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday but prior to that setback the Norwegian, who replaced Jose Mourinho in December, had led his side on an 11-game unbeaten run.

Monday’s fixture is a repeat of last season’s final, which we won 1-0, and a third consecutive meeting between the teams in the competition. David Luiz spoke about United’s form under Solskjaer.

‘Even before they were a great team with a great manager, Jose Mourinho tried to do everything for the best for Man United but then they decided to change,’ said the Brazilian.

‘It became Solskjaer and he’s doing amazing because he’s a great coach and also he has great players. United have had the same team for a long time, they understand his philosophy and they try to enjoy it.’
 

 

In terms of his own manager’s philosophy, David Luiz says the whole squad are fully supportive of Maurizio Sarri and the type of playing style he is trying to implement during his first season at the helm.

‘We have had many meetings already asking if someone doesn't believe,’ he said. ‘They can say. Nobody said anything. It's because everyone believes (in it).

‘We lost against maybe the best team in the world at the moment in Manchester City. They were better than us from the beginning to the end.

‘We lost a few matches because it is part of the process. The teams that are at the top of the table now are ones with managers who have been there for more than three years.

‘There is a big difference when you have already understood everything, it is much easier to play football. I think we are in the right way to still improve to become a fantastic team.’

The defender, who scored his very first Chelsea goal in a home win over Man United, started Thursday’s Europa League win over Malmo in Sweden as we immediately bounced back from the disappointment of last weekend's defeat at the hands of Man City. 

Monday’s FA Cup game is the first of three huge matches in a seven-day period, with Malmo visiting the Bridge for the return leg on Thursday before we take on Pep Guardiola’s side once again in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley next Sunday.

‘I think we have to be positive and think about what we can do now because the past is the past, you cannot change it,’ David Luiz said.

‘I’ve been playing for big clubs for many years. When you win it’s good and when you lose of course nobody is going to be happy and the pressure is going to be there.

‘I think we work together, we try to make them [the fans] happy and we are going to do everything to make them happy.’

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Gianfranco Zola says Monday’s FA Cup fifth round game against Manchester United marks the beginning of a crucial period in our season.

It was Zola, rather than Maurizio Sarri, who addressed the media at Cobham this afternoon ahead of the game.

The Italian discussed a range of subjects, including the challenge of facing in-form United, the job being carried out by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and, perhaps most importantly, player availability.

‘We have no injuries,’ said Zola. ‘Yesterday was good because we went 2-0 up so we had the opportunity to rest some players like Jorginho, Willian and Pedro also came off. We don’t have any concerns.

‘We have Ruben Loftus-Cheek who is maybe going to be available. We haven’t spoken about the team but because it’s the fifth round, and who we are playing against, we want to win and go through so I believe it’s going to be a strong team. But we haven’t made full consideration yet.’

Zola is looking forward to Monday’s match
He says this is the first of three huge matches

'We know it’s a crucial moment, we have some very important matches. The next three are United in the fifth round, then we have the Carabao Cup final and then we have Tottenham in the league, where we are going to be playing for a Champions League spot. It’s an important moment. It’s very challenging and I think the key will be to face each task by only thinking about that task. The first is United and we come into the game after a good performance in the Europa League, that’s the most important thing, then we’re going to think about City and Tottenham.

'Nobody is pleased when you lose games the way we have recently. The players, coaches, everyone. We know it’s a moment in which we’ve alternated results and that’s something we don’t like. We know we have to be consistent. We have the team to afford to do that and it’s important everyone understands the situation and is working on it, players, coaches and the club. It’s not the challenge, but it’s the unity facing the challenge which makes the difference and I believe we have that.'

 

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kev61   
1 hour ago, Michael Tucker said:

DAVID LUIZ ON BELIEF IN MAURIZIO SARRI'S STYLE AND FACING MANCHESTER UNITED.

The Blues take on Manchester United in the tie of the FA Cup fifth round at Stamford Bridge on Monday, and David Luiz says he hasn’t been surprised by the Red Devils’ upturn in fortunes of late given the overall strength of their squad.

United suffered their first defeat under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when they were beaten by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday but prior to that setback the Norwegian, who replaced Jose Mourinho in December, had led his side on an 11-game unbeaten run.

Monday’s fixture is a repeat of last season’s final, which we won 1-0, and a third consecutive meeting between the teams in the competition. David Luiz spoke about United’s form under Solskjaer.

‘Even before they were a great team with a great manager, Jose Mourinho tried to do everything for the best for Man United but then they decided to change,’ said the Brazilian.

‘It became Solskjaer and he’s doing amazing because he’s a great coach and also he has great players. United have had the same team for a long time, they understand his philosophy and they try to enjoy it.’
 

 

In terms of his own manager’s philosophy, David Luiz says the whole squad are fully supportive of Maurizio Sarri and the type of playing style he is trying to implement during his first season at the helm.

‘We have had many meetings already asking if someone doesn't believe,’ he said. ‘They can say. Nobody said anything. It's because everyone believes (in it).

‘We lost against maybe the best team in the world at the moment in Manchester City. They were better than us from the beginning to the end.

‘We lost a few matches because it is part of the process. The teams that are at the top of the table now are ones with managers who have been there for more than three years.

‘There is a big difference when you have already understood everything, it is much easier to play football. I think we are in the right way to still improve to become a fantastic team.’

The defender, who scored his very first Chelsea goal in a home win over Man United, started Thursday’s Europa League win over Malmo in Sweden as we immediately bounced back from the disappointment of last weekend's defeat at the hands of Man City. 

Monday’s FA Cup game is the first of three huge matches in a seven-day period, with Malmo visiting the Bridge for the return leg on Thursday before we take on Pep Guardiola’s side once again in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley next Sunday.

‘I think we have to be positive and think about what we can do now because the past is the past, you cannot change it,’ David Luiz said.

‘I’ve been playing for big clubs for many years. When you win it’s good and when you lose of course nobody is going to be happy and the pressure is going to be there.

‘I think we work together, we try to make them [the fans] happy and we are going to do everything to make them happy.’

I wouldn't read too much into what luiz  says Michael hardly the sharpest tool in the box.

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I was a bit non plussed about this one but having read today's utter hatchet job in the Daily Mail and the many positive Utd ones then I'm hoping we smash them .

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kev61   
17 minutes ago, Mark Kelly said:

I was a bit non plussed about this one but having read today's utter hatchet job in the Daily Mail and the many positive Utd ones then I'm hoping we smash them .

As part of your daily five mark - don't go near the daily mail.

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5 minutes ago, Never happy said:

https://thisisfutbol.com/2019/02/blogs/thompson-sarri-must-drop-jorginho-for-rest-of-season/

would never normally agree with Phil Thompson but he is so right

Tbh, our problem is worse than Jorginho.  A manager who thinks that what Jorginho has been doing this season is good enough for a top 4 PL team should not be managing Chelsea. The reason he gets it wrong with Jorginho is why he gets is wrong in so many other areas. 

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45 minutes ago, Never happy said:

https://thisisfutbol.com/2019/02/blogs/thompson-sarri-must-drop-jorginho-for-rest-of-season/

would never normally agree with Phil Thompson but he is so right

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Talking on Sky Sports News (Saturday, 1pm), Thompson said, “He’s [Sari] burying his head in the sand over Jorginho. I don’t care how much you paid for the guy, maybe he’s be better next year, when he can learn some things.

“All his balls are sideways. He slows it down, he stops it. I’d take him out completely and put Kante in, see if it makes a difference.

“I don’t care how much you paid, maybe you’ll be better off playing him next season. Sarri can’t see what’s in front of him.”

This is drivel.  From an expert driveller.

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3 minutes ago, Droy was my hero said:

This is drivel.  From an expert driveller.

Thankfully , Phil Thompson doesn't want a weaker Chelsea as what would that achieve ?

Ahem.

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