Chelsea fans react on Twitter to David Luiz midfield performance

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David Luiz operated from the midfield against Monterrey in the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final on Thursday and performed admirably leading some to say he should play there over his usual centre back position...

Chelsea defeated Mexican side Monterrey to advance to the FIFA Club World Cup final against Brazilian side Corinthians on Thursday and there was one piece of Rafa Benitez’s team selection that gained some attention on Twitter. Brazilian defender David Luiz was picked to play in an advanced role in the midfield for the fixture which has been an option Chelsea fans have been calling for on many occasions in the past.

He played just over an hour in the position before being replaced by Frank Lampard, much to the appreciation of the fans in Japan a standing ovation broke out; whether it was for Luiz’s performance or Lampard’s entrance is unsure but it would not have been unfair to have been standing for the occasionally maligned centre-back.

He looked more than competent in the position. Controlled in possession and not afraid to push forward he was playing like a Sunday league goalkeeper given a run-out upfront demonstrating his vast array of skills such as long passing, dribbling ability and even a couple of stepovers thrown in for good measure.

Considering Oriol Romeu’s recent injury setback it has been reported that Benitez would be searching for a new holding midfield player in January; including options such as a Michael Essien recall, Xabi Alonso pursuit and even trying to sign Sunday opponent Paulinho from Corinthians.

However based on this performance it could be they already have a perfectly suitable option in the form of Luiz with Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill covering the defensive positions and John Terry nearing a comeback.

Here are some responses from Twitter to David Luiz’s midfield performance…

@@TAG0@@ Would you like to see David Luiz playing in midfield?

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