In light of the imminent departure of David Luiz*, and the fact that I’m bored I’ve decided to do my ACS report a little early.
Due to the Confederations Cup of Life and injuries I don’t have much pre season action to talk about, a quiet second half vs. Inter Milan is all that he has taken part in, and it doesn’t look like he will be involved against Real Madrid either, not much can be done about that.
So let’s look at some stats for the geezer last season...
According to WhoScored.com, we have 48 appearances, with 6 goals, 3 assists and 14 yellow cards in total, a passing accuracy of 81.4% and 1.7 aerial duels won per game. Not bad statistics for a centre back known for his long passing. For the sake of argument I’m going to compare his defensive statistics (league only) with Vincent Kompany (who I would describe as the other best CB in the Premier League), here the left number will be the stat for DL4, and the right for VK:
Tackles per game: 1.5/2.1
Interceptions per game: 2.4/1.7
Fouls per Game: 1.4/1.3
Offsides won per game: 0.6/0.7
Clearances per game: 4.5/6.8
Times beaten on dribble per game: 0.2/0.5
Blocked shots per game: 0.4/0.5 (whoscored.com)
Now David Luiz loses all of these comparisons except interceptions per game, which makes sense as he played more games, and played as a midfielder on occasion, which would drag down his stats such as tackles and times dribbled by.
When he first donned the blue shirt, his anticipatory defending was a tiny bit suspect in the PL, where the quality of attacking play is most definitely much higher than that in the Portuguese League, leading to the famous comparison with a ‘child controlling him on a playstation’. But in his time here he has developed into a much better defensive player, and an attacking force. Some people still agree with this analysis, but it’s safe to say they are wrong. For a lovely example of what a good defender David Luiz is, I’m gonna provide you with a cheeky video of some highlights of Brazil vs. Spain in the Confed Cup.
Now it would be a travesty of justice if I didn’t mention Luiz’ goal threat from open play and set pieces. Most defenders only really get on the score sheet by winning headers from corners, free kicks, and long throw ins. However Luiz seems to enjoy scoring the free kicks himself, using a ‘knuckleball’ technique akin to that of a baseball pitcher, as well as his stunning strikes from layoffs and pullbacks. All of this combined with his ability to start an attack from the back and his willingness to pass the ball rather than hoof the ball long, means we can look forward to an exciting season with the geezer. I think it can be taken as gospel that Mourinho is going to improve an already world class defender to possibly become one of the most well rounded players in the club’s history. I’ll leave you with one possible tout to the future:
Captain. Geezer. Legend.