David Luiz: I have what it takes to lead Chelsea in John Terry’s absence

Chelsea defender David Luiz believes he has what it takes to lead the Blues in the absence of captain John Terry

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David Luiz joined Chelsea from Benfica in 2011 Photo: The Sport Review

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David Luiz believes he has what it takes to lead Chelsea in the absence of captain John Terry.

The Blues are currently in Japan preparing for their Fifa Club World Cup opener against Monterrey on Thursday as the Londoners bid to win their first trophy of the season after missing out on the Community Shield and Uefa Super Cup.

Skipper Terry is currently sidelined with a knee injury and Luiz insists that he has the credentials needed to help lead Rafael Benítez’s men to victory in the centre-half’s absence.

“I was captain at Benfica at 21,” said Luiz, now 25. “I know my personality is to be a natural leader. So I know now that, at this moment, with the team’s leaders of many, many years out of the team, I need to take responsibility of the team myself and try and help the younger players.

“I don’t have a problem with that in bad moments. I always say my shoulders are broad and I can take that extra responsibility. I love it. I want it.

“I prefer to take it on myself to help the other guys, who can go and play with their heads clear and calm.

“I can play with this added responsibility. I enjoy it. I know my personality and I know what it’s taken to get me here at Chelsea.”

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