Chelsea’s David Luiz accepts criticism is part of a defender’s job following his man-of-the-match display against Manchester City. Goals from N’Golo Kante and Luiz saw Chelsea inflict City’s first loss of the season, as the Blues absorbed the visitors’ pressure and pounced to claim a triumph many did not expect.
Luiz’s performance in the loss to Tottenham was scrutinised, but the Brazil defender insisted it did not affect him, as he bounced back in impressive fashion. “I know what it means to play for a big club,” the 31-year-old told Chelsea TV. “(At) big clubs it’s like that: if you win, everything is good. If you lose, it’s your fault, especially defenders and goalkeepers. “Strikers never lose games we have to be honest and say that. We have to accept that in the right way, in an intelligent way. It was good to play against a fantastic team, keep the clean sheet and have a great game.”
Meanwhile, Sarri says he has been happy with Luiz since his arrival. “There are matches in which it’s really very difficult to stay in the defensive line, like Tottenham, because the defensive phase of the team is a disaster,” the Blues boss added. “(Against City) he played a great match, but all the team helped him to play really well.”