Luiz & Hazard take Chelsea plaudits

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Rafa Benitez was a happy man after his side’s 3-1 victory against FC Monterrey in the FIFA Club World Cup.

The Spaniard was quick to praise his team for their performance, with Juan Mata and Fernando Torres both scoring for the European champions. A Darvin Chavez own goal put a deserved gloss on the scoreline, before Aldo De Nigris pulled one back in injury-time for the Mexicans.

The Blues coach reflected on his tactical plan against the CONCACAF Champions Leagur winners, which featured Brazilian defender David Luiz playing in a midfield role. The decision worked immediately for the ex-Liverpool chief.

"The main idea for playing Luiz there was for this game because Monterrey are good between the lines where they like to play little penetrating passes. They have a left winger going inside a lot so we wanted more players in this area," Benitez explained on the official Chelsea website.

And, whilst Benitez ruled out the idea of playing the ex-Benfica star in a more advanced role on a regular basis, he didn’t dismiss the suggestion completely out-of-hand.

"It was mainly for this game but it's always an option for the future."

Benitez was also happy with Belgian international Eden Hazard, who provided an assist for Torres to make the score 2-0 and impressed with his all-round play during 90 minutes for the Stamford Bridge outfit.

"We know he is a good player who can make the difference. I am pleased because he is working hard. He is an offensive player but he is also working hard defensively and helping the team when we are not in possession," he concluded.

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