Chelsea's avid (panicky?) search for defensive reinforcements resulted in one of the biggest shocks of the summer transfer window, David Luiz was brought back to the Bridge on Deadline Day. The reunion between the Blues and The Geezer has worked out quite well so far, with David Luiz easily slotting in as the anchor of Antonio Conte’s new-look three-man defensive line.
In an interview with the latest edition of Chelsea Magazine, the once and future fan favorite spoke about his main motivation behind the decision of moving back to Chelsea after spending two very successful season at Paris Saint-Germain, and his drive to keep improving day by day.
"I missed Chelsea a lot. I was very happy here before. I was also very happy in Paris. I was winning trophies, I was having a great life there, but I know me and I like to have new challenges in my life, to have ambition and one of the reasons I decided to come back here is because I know the Premier League well, but I never had the opportunity to win it, so it is still one of my goals in my career."
"I try to learn every day, try to improve every day. I hope I have many years to continue in this way. This is my personality. I don’t ever want to say, 'Now I know everything.' I think you can learn from everybody, old people and young people, if you are available and you are open and you have humility."
The same summer when David left for Paris, Chelsea brought in a new player to fill the club's Brazilian quota in striker Diego Costa. Diego has been a certified success in the Premier League and has been in scintillating form since the beginning of this season as well, leading the league with seven goals scored so far. While the two of them have had their clashes when on different teams (Chelsea vs. Atletico and Chelsea vs. PSG), Luiz is now quite happy that they’re both on the same side.
"I like Diego because he never forgets where he came from. That’s why he fights until the end for his team. He never gives up. Diego now plays for one of the best clubs in the world, Diego now plays in some of the best stadiums in the world, Diego is now one of the best strikers in the world."
"But he never forgets when he was playing in the second and third division, with small teams in difficult leagues and difficult stadiums, suffering many injuries and fighting for his career. He never forgets where he came from in Brazil."
"I like these kinds of people, because they really want to give everything. I love the way he plays, and I am happy now because he plays in my team and it’s difficult to play against him! It’s better to have him on my side. He never makes life easy for the defenders."
-David Luiz; Source: Chelsea FC
From the joyful David Luiz to anti-hero Diego Costa — the two certified jokers on the team — Chelsea are filled with people with different playing styles, temperaments and backgrounds who have the common drive to win it all for the team. Hopefully, their efforts will pay off this season.
Come on, Chelsea!