David Luiz’s return to Chelsea on transfer deadline day was probably one of the most surprising moves throughout the entire summer.
The Brazilian left Stamford Bridge to join Paris Saint-Germain two years ago in a £50 million deal with many Chelsea supporters celebrating the fact they had sold the erratic defender for such a huge fee.
But now, after two years at the French club, Antonio Conte has decided to spend £32 million on the 29-year-old - much to the surprise of many football fans.
The immediate question that arose was: ‘where will Luiz fit into this Chelsea side?’
Despite having success playing with three central defenders for Italy, Conte has opted for four at the back at west London, with two sitting midfielders in front of them.
So, will Luiz be employed as a centre-back or occupy one of those midfield positions?
Well, we now know the answer - courtesy of Conte himself.
Conte's plan for Luiz
“I know that sometimes he played like a central midfielder,” Conte told Chelsea TV.
“But I prefer, and in my mind, the idea is to utilise him in the right position. For me, he is a centre back.”
Well, that’s that sorted then.
Just one question remains; will Chelsea now revert to three central defenders?
Three at the back?
Conte wasn’t prepared to give that away but insists his side must continue to ‘work’ to continue their 100% record.
“Now we have to work on the defensive situation, on the defensive line,” he said.
“We have to work to improve our physical condition, our tactical condition and to try to continue our good season.”
And we already know what Luiz will make of playing as a centre-back. The ‘new’ signing has already referred to the fact that he’s familiar to playing in a three-man defence but will be happy to play in any position Conte asks him to.
“I started playing three at the back with Vitoria in Brazil, but it doesn’t matter where, I want to help and when I am in the team I am there to try to help," Luiz said.
“The coach is an amazing coach, he understands a lot of tactical things and I know he chooses every match the best line up, so if he needs to play three, four or two, it doesn’t matter, I am there if he wants me to play. In different positions I am available.”
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