England — 13 December 2012

Chelsea claimed a 3-1 victory over Mexican side Monterrey earlier today in the FIFA Club World Cup.

Juan Mata and Fernando Torres were both on target and played big parts in the semi-final victory.

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez decided to move David Luiz from centre-back to a central midfield role and it proved to be one of the biggest talking points of the game.


The move could prove to be an inspired decision by interim Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez. The Brazilian star started to look like the top-class player that Chelsea thought they had bought from Benfica in 2011. The 25 year-old was highly-rated in Portugal, but since joining the Blues questions have been asked about Luiz’s ability to play at the top level in England.


At Benfica his defensive abilities were never pushed to the limit, because the quality of opposition in the Portuguese top flight was poorer than the Premier League. His defensive deficiencies have been horribly exposed in the Premier League.

At times though Luiz’s attacking ability and talent for striding forward was breathtaking. He showed his ability to go forward, but his defensive indiscipline cost the team goals.

However, people have suggested that Luiz be played in a more advanced role. It seems that Benitez agreed and moved Luiz to a role alongside John Obi Mikel in the Chelsea central midfield against the Mexican side.


Playing alongside the Nigerian international Luiz had the role of playmaker. He obviously enjoyed the role, supporting the attack using his superb range of passing. Luiz is a poor centre-back, but he is an exceptional footballer.

I believe that Luiz will now continue in the more advanced role. Luiz is already looking far more comfortable in the role of centre-midfielder after just 60 minutes, than he ever has in the centre of defence.

The game against Monterrey may just be one game, but this game could see the emergence of David Luiz as a true Chelsea player.

Is central-midfield the best position for David Luiz?


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David Nugent

David is a 29 year-old football fan and journalist, who is passionate about the beautiful game. He is a lifelong supporter of Premier League Everton and likes nothing better than a healthy discussion about the world's favourite sport.

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