Sunday, 3 July 2011

David Luiz excited by new era

David Luiz is bracing himself for the Villas-Boas era at Chelsea and ­predicts a more thrilling ride than the glory days of Jose Mourinho. Most of the Stamford Bridge stars head back this week for pre-season training, where they will meet their new boss. Luiz however, is on the other side of the world with Brazil for the Copa America in Argentina, so will have to wait. Brazil are reigning South American ­champions and are favourites to retain their crown. Luiz, who joined Chelsea last ­season from Benfica and is one of the most exciting ­defenders in the world, has been asking Portuguese pals what he can expect from the new coach when he gets back. He said: “I have spoken to my friends back in Portugal and I hear the same thing from ­everyone. They all say how Andre is very hands-on with the ­players and he gets his point across from day one. That is very positive at a club that dreams of titles. I’ve not worked with Mourinho, but my friends say Villas-Boas is more attack-minded. Perhaps that signifies a change in system for Chelsea in the new season.”

Portuguese sources have offered some insight into how the new manager will get things going at Stamford Bridge. Villas-Boas, who was on the Chelsea staff when Mourinho was manager, will kick off by meeting his squad individually, then spark a week-long intensive ­training schedule ... without a ball in sight. Once the basics are in place he will hand each player their own personalised DVD, outlining what he expects from them. He has a particularly no-nonsense ­attitude with defenders – anyone not ­following orders will be out of the side. Luiz added: “With this coach, only the best footballers are assured of a place in the starting line-up. It will be great to have someone who is open with his squad and who will be decisive in our triumphs. Porto scored many goals under him, and they conceded few. He will ­expect plenty of concentration from us.”

source: The People

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