Maurizio Sarri admits he has been surprised by David Luiz’s intelligence since arriving at Chelsea. The Italian took over from Antonio Conte in the summer and Chelsea remain unbeaten in all competitions so far this season. Luiz was left out of the team during Conte’s final campaign as manager but the Brazilian has returned to the side to forge a solid partnership with Antonio Rudiger in central defence. And Sarri says he has been impressed with Luiz’s contribution. ‘There is an infinite passion and what I have seen so far, it has been expressed in the right way,’ Sarri told Gazzetta dello Sport.
‘Correcting mistakes is the question of time. The limited time we have for [tactical] training does not help the coaches but I believe in the players. ‘We must not think only of the physical component, but also of the mental component.
‘David Luiz surprised me with his awareness and intelligence, [Ross] Barkley has found continuity after a long period marked by injuries. ‘Willian is a player of immense quality. His style of play is perfect for England. ‘And [Alvaro] Morata is a quality, fast and technical guy. He has a great sensitivity and the difficulties had hurt him.’