LOOKING BACK: NO.4

Posted on: Sun 17 Jun 2012

DAVID LUIZ
The flamboyant Brazilian endured a difficult start to the campaign, but ended it as a key member of the squad thanks to a string of impressive displays at the heart of the defence.

David Luiz came under fire in the opening weeks of the season, largely due to a combination of our high defensive line and his natural attacking instincts exposing him on a couple of occasions.

As the season wore on, however, his determination to eradicate the mistakes and keep it simple led to a notable improvement in his displays, although during the 3-1 defeat in Napoli he and Gary Cahill played alongside each other and struggled to contain the Italians' highly-coveted front three.

In the return leg, however, David Luiz was outstanding alongside John Terry, particularly in the latter stages of the game as the visitors looked to kill the tie off with a second away goal, and from that point onwards he grew in stature with every game.

Technically sound, he is always a threat in the opposing area, as strikes against both Manchester United and Bolton Wanderers testify, while at the other end of the pitch he has developed good partnerships with both Cahill and John Terry.

An injury sustained in the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham saw him miss the bulk of action as the campaign drew to a close, including the FA Cup Final, but his determination to recover was rewarded when he was passed fit to play in the Champions League Final.

He admitted in the aftermath of the game that he had been playing through the pain barrier and came through it mainly on adrenalin, but he capped a solid display by scoring our second penalty in the shoot-out.

Appearances: 37+3
Goals: 3
Assists: 2
Minutes on pitch: 3,616