Games between Chelsea and Tottenham are often some of the busiest down here in the Football Transfer Tavern…
The London rivalry between the two sides has been built in particular over the last few years, with both teams achieving increased levels of success.
Both sides have come out on top in recent years, but in the latest clash on Sunday, it was Chelsea that took the spoils, with a double from Marcos Alonso sealing the points.
Whilst Alonso was certainly the star on the day, there was a number of great performances from the boys in blue, and one player that really impressed was David Luiz.
Playing in midfield rather than defence, the Brazilian was a frequent thorn in the side of Tottenham, and as revealed by him on the official Chelsea website, the role that he had to play was a very important one.
Luiz said: “I was running a lot. I had to cover the space of fantastic players like Eriksen and Dele Alli…They always play very well between the lines so I was trying to close this gap and not leave space for them to create”.
Discussing the fixture in a broader sense, he said: “It was a clever game. You need to understand when you play against a very good team, sometimes you can keep more of the ball but sometimes you need to try to surprise them on the counter-attack with one touch. I think we did great in a clever way”.
Chelsea were able to beat Tottenham by controlling them, and Luiz’s role was very important in making that happen. By tightening the spaces between each line and controlling the pitch, Chelsea were able to nullify Tottenham’s threat with precision.
Luiz is a real jack of all trades. He is able to play fantastically in both defence and midfield in equal measure, and he will be a vital string in Conte’s bow this season.
He was, alongside Alonso, arguably Chelsea’s best player on Sunday, and he’ll undoubtedly be utilised in the role going forward too.
If Chelsea keep performing like that, another Premier League title challenge could be forthcoming.
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