David Luiz predicts successful Chelsea career for Gary Cahill
Chelsea defender David Luiz expects new signing Gary Cahill to enjoy a successful career at Stamford Bridge
David Luiz is convinced Gary Cahill will flourish at Chelsea following the centre-half’s arrival from Bolton in January.
Luiz and Chelsea debutant Cahill were deployed as a new defensive pairing during the Blues’ dramatic 3-3 draw with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, following John Terry’s absence with a knee injury.
And Luiz, who nodded home Chelsea’s third before the west Londoners were pegged back by the defending champions, believes Cahill is a good fit for the club.
“It’s a good thing for Chelsea to have Gary Cahill,” Luiz told Chelsea’s website. “He is a great player who has come to help and seeing him in the changing room and on the pitch I know he is right for Chelsea and he will be a great help for the club.”
Luiz has been on the receiving end of his fair share of criticism for some erratic defensive displays earlier in the season, prompting some to question whether the Brazilian would be more suited to a role in midfield.
And the 24-year-old says he would be happy to play in any position, as long as he can help the team.
“I just think about helping the team, not which my best position can be,” he continued. “The manager gives me confidence to play my football and supports my attacking moves.
“I’ve been working in the same way as always, training at my best level. Sometimes you get criticism, like I did, and recently I have been applauded for my work. As long as I can go home and lay down on my bed and have my conscience clear that I am doing an honest job, I am happy.
“Nothing has changed in the team. We have been working hard, just like before, and the main thing is to continue working and maintaining the philosophy that the coach instructs. We have to do this, sometimes we are doing things that are great and not getting the results and sometimes we do things not so good and get the result.”
Chelsea currently reside in fourth place, 14 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City – and Luiz admits the Blues have fallen short of expectations in terms of a title challenge.
“The main thing is to continue working hard and obviously we’re not where we want to be at the moment, not fighting for first place, but we have to keep looking for victories and believe in ourselves until the end,” he said.
“There are games we have lost where we could have done better, but we can’t change the past, we can only look to the future and know that we can do better and move up positions.”