David Luiz not bothered by Mourinho snub

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David Luiz has insisted that he has nothing against Jose Mourinho leaving him out of the squad but doesn't believe he has anything to prove.

Luiz has seen his role in the Chelsea team cut down after the return of Mourinho to Stamford Bridge.

The Brazilian star was left out of the 18-man squad to face Fulham at the weekend and started against League 1 side Swindon Town.

Mourinho had revealed that he had dropped Luiz after a less than impressive performance in their defeat to FC Basel in the Champions League last week.

He impressed against Swindon last night but is expected to be dropped back to the bench for the game against Tottenham on Saturday.

But Luiz, who was targetted by La Liga giants Barcelona in the summer, insists he is yet to be unsettled by the new manager.

Luiz told the Evening Standard: “It was just one game. Sometimes when other players go out of the team, people don’t say anything.

“I don’t need to prove anything. Everyone knows who David Luiz is, I want to play football and enjoy myself on the pitch so when I have an opportunity to play, I want to enjoy just that. I am just one player in the team. Sometimes the manager can put me in, sometimes not. It’s his choice.”

The 26-year-old is not the only one who's prowess has diminished following the return of 'the Special One'. Both Fernando Torres and Juan Mata, who also started the game against Swindon, have also seen their playing time limited because of Mourinho's tactical vision.

But Luiz said that having a big, talented squad is what Chelsea is all about and the players understand that playing time is never a guarantee.

He said: “This is a big club and we have many, many good players. If Chelsea just had 11 players we would win nothing.

“We don’t have to prove anything. We just have to show we want to play. Everyone had an opportunity to play against Swindon and show our football.

“Last year you could talk about seven players being on the bench and the next year is the same. Mourinho chooses his 11 players to play, his philosophy and tries to do the best job for Chelsea. That for me is normal.

“Of course, it was good to beat Swindon. It’s a cup competition, we are a big club and we want to win this as well. It was good for me and the team.”

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