Under-fire Spaniard’s impact at the Bridge has been positive, claims Brazilian.
Chelsea defender David Luiz has hailed ‘interim’ head coach Rafa Benitez’s positive impact on his game, reports the Daily Express.
The highly-skilful Brazil international has enjoyed an outstanding season for the West London club, but it is only since the Spaniard took over from previous manager Roberto Di Matteo that Luiz’s game has really started to move on to a different level.
The former Valencia, Liverpool and Inter Milan trainer has even tried deploying Luiz in a holding midfield role, with some success, since arriving at Stamford Bridge last November.
However, the 26-year-old has recently established himself as the Blues’ first-choice centre back under Benitez, especially in the continue absence of England international pair John Terry and Gary Cahill.
Luiz has responded by both improving the defensive side to his game, an area where he was previously considered vulnerable, as well as adding to his attacking dimensions, with the Brazil defender netting an impressive five strikes in all competitions already in this campaign, the most that he has ever registered in his entire seven-year domestic career.