The latest edition of Chelsea features an exclusive interview with David Luiz, who discusses life under the guidance of Maurizio Sarri as well as his desire to achieve more success with the Blues.
David Luiz has been an ever-present in the Chelsea team which has won all four matches this season, and the Brazilian is delighted to be back involved on the pitch following a frustrating 2017/18 campaign in which he suffered with injury problems.
Sarri has already spoken about how important a figure he expects David Luiz to be throughout the season, both for the team and the new manager himself, and the defender speaks about his admiration for the Italian in the latest edition of the club’s official magazine.
‘First of all he’s a great person, great as a human,’ the Brazilian says. ‘I think his philosophy to live life is already great because he wants to enjoy every day, he wants to be happy and he wanted to take this opportunity to start one more chapter in his life. I think that is one of the most important things in life: when you love to do something, when you’re happy.
‘So, I believe in this philosophy, and then after that he is a great coach. He wants to play with the ball, he wants to play with intensity, to work on the details and to give us all the information he can about the next game and the opponent. Every week he tries to make the best plan possible for the exact game and this is great because he is working in the best way for the team, for the collective.’
Over the course of his two spells as a Chelsea player David Luiz has been part of sides which have won the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup, and in this month’s magazine he explains why playing for the club means you need to be able to deal with the pressure to succeed.
‘I never went onto the pitch in a Chelsea shirt thinking, “We’re going to lose today,”’ he states. ‘The feeling is always that we will win, and this is a great feeling, because I’ve been playing football for many, many years and if you feel that way every day, it means you’re in the right place.
‘Chelsea’s a big club with the opportunity to fight every year for titles and there is also pressure to get results quickly. But it’s a good pressure, and I think if you don’t feel this pressure you stop being the type of player to play for Chelsea.
‘Look at the Champions League in 2012. In one moment of the season, everybody was saying it was the worst for Chelsea in the last 10 years. But every single match we went out on the pitch to win, hoping to win, and in the end we won the Champions League, so it was the best year. So we changed our worst year for a long time into the best year in the history of this club. This is amazing.’
Having first arrived on these shores in 2011, David Luiz is well in tune with the culture which surrounds the game in England, and he particularly enjoys the passion of supporters up and down the country, regardless of their club allegiances.
‘You go to a game in the Championship, League One, League Two and you see supporters with passion for their club and for the history of the club. It reminds me of Lincoln a few years ago, when they beat Burnley in the FA Cup, and you saw the passion and the history of the city in the supporters. This is great.
‘Of course, there is this passion in Brazil, there is this passion everywhere, but here you also respect where you come from. They are not shy to say, "I support my team, and my team is in League One." You feel it when you play against these clubs in the cups, when you look around during the warm-up and you can see old people and young kids who are passionate about their club. It’s amazing.’
Eddie talks coaching
Newton enjoyed a fine playing career at Stamford Bridge, making 210 appearances and scoring in the 1997 FA Cup final, but in this month’s edition of Chelsea he focuses on life as a coach, explaining how he ended up coming back to the club, the contrast between coaching and playing and that famous night in Munich.
A ruthless presence in front of goal, Hasselbaink was a hugely popular figure during his time at Stamford Bridge. The new edition of the magazine looks back on his career as a whole through images, recalling a winning goal at Anfield, a stunner at Old Trafford and a hat-trick against Tottenham.
There is plenty more in the latest edition of Chelsea, including exclusive interviews with Chelsea Women duo Millie Bright and Magdalena Erikkson, as well as Academy defender Tariq Lamptey.
You can also read about our rich history in the League Cup, ahead of our opening game in this season’s competition against Liverpool, and in the wake of Marcos Alonso’s winner against Arsenal, the magazine picks out the top 10 Chelsea goals scored by full-backs.
For all this and much more purchase the latest edition of Chelsea, which is available now at the Stamford Bridge Megastore and all good newsagents, priced £3.95.