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Holy David Luiz in midfield, be-cowled superhero who, for legal reasons, isn't Batman! - CF Monterrey vs. Chelsea, FIFA Club World Cup: Lineups & Game Thread

The first game of Chelsea's adventure in the Club World Cup is here! Rejoice! David Luiz is in midfield for some reason!

Yes, David Luiz, you're in midfield today!
Yes, David Luiz, you're in midfield today!
Scott Heavey

Rafa has gone bold with his selection for the FIFA Club World Cup Semi-final by selecting David Luiz in the pivot next to Mikel. He played there briefly against FC Nordsjælland, but this is his first time starting in midfield for Chelsea. Plenty of people have wanted to try it, and he would relieve a lot of the pressure on our midfield from the injury to Oriol Romeu, and John Obi Mikel being plucked into the Nigerian squad for the AfCON in January. This is a relatively harmless game in which to try this, so lets hope it works!

Chelsea [4-2-3-1]: Petr Cech (c); Cesar Azpilicueta, Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole; David Luiz, John Obi Mikel; Juan Mata, Oscar, Eden Hazard; Fernando Torres.

Monterrey [4-3-3]: Jonathan Orozco; Sergio Perez, Hiram Mier, Jose Maria Basanta, Darvin Chavez; Severo Meza, Walter Ayovi, Neri Cardozo; Jesus Manuel Corona, Cesar Delgado, Aldo De Nigris.

Chelsea Remaining Players/Subs*: Ross Turnbull, Hilario, Paulo Ferreira, Ryan Bertrand, Ramires, Frank Lampard, Marko Baggins, Lucas Piazon, George Saville, Victor Moses.

Monterrey Remaining Players/Subs*: Luis Lopez, Ricardo Osorio, Miguel Morales, Edgar Solis, Gerardo Moreno, Guillermo Madrigal, Jesus Dautt, Abraham Carreño, Cesar de la Peña Oscar Garcia, Juan de Dios Ibarra, Huberto Suazo.

[*Probably inaccurate]

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