Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
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David Luiz: What’s changed under Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea FC

David Luiz: What’s changed under Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea FC

The former Shakthar Donetsk and Anzhi Makhachkala man was reported to have fallen out with previous manager Antonio Conte last season, leading to speculation that he could move on to Barcelona or Real Madrid this summer.

The 31-year old defender, who is in his second spell with the London club, has bounced back and featured in all the four opening matches as Chelsea maintained their ideal start to the new season under the Italian.

Chelsea have defeated Huddersfield, Arsenal, Newcastle and Bournemouth, and are one of only three teams to boast a 100 per cent record.

Centre-back David Luiz fell out of favour under Conte last season but has started all four league fixtures prior to the worldwide break, despite Sarri switching to a back four.

Willian has been a vital player under Sarri so far, he is expected to be in the squad when they host Cardiff on Saturday in the Premier League.

The Belgium global was though swiftly replaced by Kepa, who signed for a world-record £71.6m fee for a goalkeeper from Athletic Bilbao.

Chelsea endured a hard campaign in 2017-18 and their dismal performance only helped them finish 5th in the league table, which made them unqualified to participate in the UEFA Champions League.

"A lot of people, they say a lot of things in the press, but I never said that I want to leave Chelsea, never", he told the club's website.

"He still has good players - [Eden] Hazard is there, [N'Golo] Kante is there".

The Brazilian has played every single minute of the Blues' Premier League campaign so far this season and continues to remain at the top of the pecking order, despite Chelsea shifting to a back four this season.

"These kinds of players give a different story about Chelsea than the way we knew Chelsea before".

"Always I say that I want to stay at Chelsea as long as possible, and I am happy to stay here".

And with no Champions League football to contend with this season, Sarri can possibly put all of his eggs into the Premier League basket.

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