Luiz: I have no point to prove

David Luiz feels he has no point to prove at Chelsea and admits he respects Jose Mourinho's rotation policy.

Last Updated: 25/09/13 at 18:03 Post Comment   

Luiz: Accepts the Chelsea rotation policy

Luiz: Accepts the Chelsea rotation policy

David Luiz feels he has no point to prove at Chelsea and admits he respects Jose Mourinho's rotation policy.

The Brazilian centre-back attracted the headlines last weekend when, along with Juan Mata, he was omitted altogether from Mourinho's matchday 18 for the Barclays Premier League victory over Fulham at Stamford Bridge.

The pair returned to the Portuguese's starting XI for Tuesday night's 2-0 Capital One Cup win at Swindon, with Luiz playing the first half in central defence before being pushed into a defensive midfield role for the second period following injuries to Marco van Ginkel and Ramires.

And the 26-year-old, seen by some as a defensive liability but nevertheless linked with a summer move to Barcelona, insists he was happy to be involved again.

Asked how he had been affected after being left out against Fulham, Luiz said: "It was just one game. Sometimes when other players go out of the team, people don't say anything.

"I don't need to prove anything. Everyone knows who David Luiz is, I want to play football and enjoy myself on the pitch so when I have an opportunity to play, I want to enjoy just that.

"I am just one player in the team. Sometimes the manager can put me in, sometimes not. It's his choice."

Luiz added: "Last year you could talk about seven players being on the bench and the next year is the same. Mourinho chooses his 11 players to play, his philosophy and tries to do the best job for Chelsea. That for me is normal."

Mourinho is fully aware of the importance of the League Cup having successfully targeted the competition as his maiden piece of silverware during his first stint in charge of the London club, winning it in 2005 and then again in 2007.

And he sent out his clear intentions this time around as he named a strong side against Swindon worth an estimated £185million, that coming in spite of 10 changes from the side who saw off Fulham last Saturday.

But Luiz insists those who came in did not have to prove themselves.

"We don't have to prove anything," he said. "We just have to show that we want to play. Everyone had an opportunity to play and show our football and that's it.

"This is a big club and we have many, many good players. If Chelsea just had 11 players we could win nothing."

Goalkeeper Wes Foderingham was Swindon's standout performer on the night as he made a series of impressive saves to keep out the likes of Mata and Fernando Torres.

And despite being frustrated with the defeat after Town's largely solid performance, which lacked a cutting edge in attack, the stopper felt there were plenty of positive to take.

"I think I had a decent game but that's probably expected as I'm going to have a lot more to do playing against a decent side," Foderingham told Press Association Sport.

"I was a little bit disappointed with the first goal as I made a decent save (from Mata), looked around and I saw Torres tap it in from a yard out. But I was happy with my own performance.

"I think losing 2-0 to one of the best sides in Europe is definitely no disgrace, we did well and can come away with our heads held high. We've definitely had a learning experience out there."


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