DAVID LUIZ has admitted something rather obvious: he struggles to play like a regular defender.
The Brazilian ace was criticised during his first spell with Chelsea for being a liability and leaving his team vulnerable as he adopted a more attacking role.
And that was thought to be behind Jose Mourinho’s decision to sell him to Paris St-Germain while he was in charge at Stamford Bridge.
When it was put to him that the Portuguese liked his defenders more ‘pessimistic’, i.e. fearing and being prepared for the worst, he told the Daily Mail: “That is not just Mourinho. In Brazil they say it, too.
“Defenders must be pessimists. I cannot be that. I am an optimist in my life. I’m positive.
“I always think and dream of the best things. But I know where I am.
“I don’t want to take my small boat and go against a wave of 20 metres. Maybe I can go around the sides, and we’ll arrive. I’ll try to find a way.”
Since returning on deadline day from PSG, Luiz has been a key part of Chelsea’s likely title-winning season.
And his improvement has been recognised as he was named in the PFA Team of the Year for the first time in his five Premier League seasons.