It's not often that a club spends over €20m on one of the best left backs in the world, in the prime of his career, only to stick him on the bench for the five league games of the season. But that's exactly what Chelsea have done with Filipe Luis so far, the 29-year-old getting starts in the Champions League and in the League Cup against ostensibly weaker opposition but not getting the call in the Prem. He's been clearly behind both Cesar Azpilicueta and Branislav Ivanovic in the full back pecking order, though after showcasing his game, especially his excellent crossing and set piece-taking abilities on Wednesday, perhaps he will have earned further playing time. It would not be dissimilar to how Cesar Azpilicueta came to be indispensable to the squad last season.
Still, after a big-money move from the Spanish champions and Champions League runners-up Atlético where he was the undisputed first-choice left back, it would only be natural to expect more playing time and perhaps become a bit disgruntled already in the early season. Fortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case with Mr. Kasmirski.
"It's brilliant to be at this club, it's a great feeling. Every time I play and train, I feel I'm at a big club."
"Everyone wants to play. If you don't, normally you're not happy. But when I came here, I spoke with Mourinho and I knew I'd come to Chelsea to be a champion, not to be the best left-back or best crosser or something. When you work with Mourinho, you have to know that the group, the collective is above the individual. I don't think about myself right now."
"The team are doing a great job. We won the first four League games and drew the fifth one. I have nothing to complain about. I have to wait for my chance and when it comes I must make sure I don't go out of the first 11."
"When you're not playing, sometimes you're not full of confidence. But I feel great. I went away with the national team [earlier this month] and I had my chance here to play in the Champions League, some minutes in the Premier League and the Capital One Cup. So my fitness is perfect. I feel fresh. I'm not tired because I didn't play in all the games and I hope when the coach needs me, I will be at my best and full of confidence."
-Filipe Luis; source: Evening Standard
Filipe Luis's perfect attitude is not surprising, he did absolutely nail his first interview with Chelsea TV after all. Which leaves just one question unanswered, who would win between a team of 11 Azpilicuetas and 11 Filipe Luises?