Filipe Luis has revealed that he never used to be a left-back when growing up.
A new arrival at Stamford Bridge in the summer, Filipe Luis has told the official Chelsea website which position he used to play.
Having won La Liga and finished as a losing finalist in the Champions League, Brazilian international Luis arrived in West London as one of the best left-backs in the world.
Praised for both his attacking and defensive ability, it was expected that Luis would automatically fit into the starting XI, allowing Cesar Azpilicueta to move to his natural right sided position.
However, Luis has not found that adaptation so easy, and he has often found himself out of the first-team, with head coach Jose Mourinho favouring Azpilicueta. He still has 22 appearances to his name, and has looked an excellent attacking threat, but his defensive lapses do not play well in Mourinho’s structured regime.
Having proven his attacking worth, it maybe shouldn't be a surprise to see the 29-year-old reveal that he used to play as an attacker to the official Chelsea website. Asked about his growth as a player, Luis explained that he occupied the same number 10 position as Blues teammate Oscar does in his youth, but revealed the main reason he changed to a left-back.
“I started out as an attacking midfielder,” Luis said. “I used to play in Oscar’s position until I was 17. I made my debut in that position and the manager then came to me and told me I should be a left-back, because I had the qualities to build the game out from the back.
“There weren’t a great deal of talented left-backs around at that time, so he felt I would have a better chance of having a career in the game playing there.”