The return of Chelsea’s star defender Alex is set to boost the Blue’s Brazilian defence partnership with David Luiz, and just in time as Chelsea fight as an outside chance for the title.

Over Christmas, Chelsea were looking at not qualifying for next year’s Champions League, let alone back up their 2010 Barclays Premier League trophy. Between the 14th November and 5th January, the Blues chalked up only one win, moving the side from a clear first to struggling for fourth.


But after signing Luiz in the January transfer period for a reported £21 million, Chelsea has created a Brazilian wall of defence to move back to within title contention once more.

While fellow Brazilian Ramires has learnt quickly to play off Luiz, Alex will provide another boost with the teammates all playing together in international match ups in the past.

Yesterday Pat Nevin said Luiz was always going to be great, with the Chelsea pundit saying, “I am saying no more, we all know what he already is and what he can become.”

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti also celebrated Luiz’s contribution to the side, telling reporters, "He can help us build our play better from the back when opponents try to close us down in midfield.

"Luiz will be one of the best defenders in the world in the future.”

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