Scolari admits talks with David Luiz over playing time – What did he say?

Brazilian manager has spoken to David Luiz over playing time at Stamford Bridge, but what did he say?

Luiz Felipe Scolari has been an open book of late, unafraid to point angrily towards Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on the treatment of his players, and comments over Brazil’s national treasure.

Mourinho blasted Neymar last month when the Brazilian had been in an incident that saw Scotland Captain Scott Brown get sent off for a supposed tackle that looked more like a dive.

Mourinho called the Brazilian’s actions ‘’sad’’ adding:

‘’I have told the players many times, I hate it (diving) It is very bad and the search of a red card for another player is a disgrace’.’

I think the majority of fans will put their hands together for Mourinho to come out and say that against possibly one of the best players in the world, the comments will certainly hinder any possible communication or work in the future so for that it’s a bold stand from the Portuguese manager.

Former Chelsea manager and current Brazil manager was less than impressed with Mourinho and his comments, stating:

‘’Every manager likes to use the media to their own benefit, Mourinho is doing just that."

The more pressing matter, however, was on the playing time Brazilian defender David Luiz is getting at Stamford Bridge. When asked about the playing time the defender was receiving he said:

‘’I have spoken to David about it but I am not worried, he is one of the best defenders in the world and Mourinho is an intelligent guy.

‘’He won’t leave a player like that on the bench all the time. If the worst comes to worst, David will arrive fresh and rested for the world cup’’

Immediately after he cleared up that he and Mourinho do get on, but the comments about Neymar did rub him up the wrong way.

I know that when players are in and out of the team it can be good for a player to get reassurances from elsewhere and a confidence boost about his abilities, and Scolari seems keen to back his player regardless of Mourinho's decision making regarding him.

The Brazilian is a good defender and a great player but, he has stiff competition for places at Chelsea and needs to work hard on getting his place back into the team.

Scolari realises that putting ideas in his head that he deserves to play week in week out with no questions asked is not particularly good for the club, and he is likely simply telling him to knuckle down rather than say one thing in his press conference and another behind the scenes.

image: © Ben Sutherland

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