Tuesday, March 1, 2011
David Luiz, the new Lucio
I have already known David Luiz's skills, since the period he was playing in Benfica. I've already known, since then, that he used to like to attack at some moments of the game. However, only while I was watching the game between Chelsea and Manchester United I noticed this strong similarity between David Luiz and his precursor in the Brazilian National Team, Lucio.
Lucio, world champions in 2002 as a starter in the Brazilian Team, and that also made excellent participation in 2006 and 2010 World Cups, it is the best defender I have ever watched playing, maybe along with Maldini. We Brazilians know how our former captain, Lucio, likes to go attack during the game and used to drive Mourinho crazy when the Portuguese was coaching Internazionale. David Luiz, currently at Chelsea, went a lot to the attack side of the field for a defender, and he was successful, scoring such a beautiful goal, at that moment drawing a game that would end 2-1 for the blues.
As mentioned in one of the comments in the Portuguese version of the blog, David Luiz seems also to be a little bit insecure sometimes, since he is young, like Lucio used to, such as in the Owen's goal in the quarter-finals of 2002 World Cup.
Besides the fact he likes to attack, David Luiz is tall, strong, good at heading and fast for a defender of his size, as well as Lucio. Indeed, if we think about, Thiago Silva, his partner at the Brazilian National Team, also is similar to Juan, Roma's defender and that played with Lucio in the World Cup of 2006 and 2010 in the Brazilian squad. Juan and Thiago Silva are faster than David Luiz and Lucio, they have ability playing with the ball, they are good at tackling and they are both from Rio de Janeiro.
The tile did not come to Brazil in 2006 and 2010, but the defense was in a very well shape with Lucio and Juan. As you read previously here in the blog, Mano started very well his career as the Brazilian Head coach by finding his defenders. In 2014, and why not say 2018, Brazil is already very well served regards defenders for the world cup, with the younger version of the Lucio-Juan partnership, David Luiz and Thiago Silva. Even more being both young, and having as a partners in their respective clubs, John Terry and Alessandro Nesta, they can evolve a lot and build a very strong defense for Brazil.
This time, we hope that a successful defense helps us bring the trophy back home to Brazil in 2014!