The Brazilian defender played Stamford Bridge with manager Blues, who claims that the central defender is a player to be admired.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard knows David Luiz’s quality and will not point to the central defender as a weakness for Arsenal in Saturday’s FA Cup final.
Brazil’s central defender David Luiz saw his Gunners future under control after a bad performance in a 3-0 defeat against Manchester City when the Premier League left in June, a game in which he was sent off. .
The expert defender returned to play a crucial role as Arsenal enjoyed a more consistent streak, gaining a one-year contract extension and shining brightly against City in the triumph of the English Cup semi-final.
David Luiz had two spells at Stamford Bridge, the first of which he played alongside Lampard, who said he was instrumental in the Blues’ Champions League and the English Cup brace in the 2011-12 campaign.
“Certainly not [targeted him as a weak point]”Lampard told an online press conference.” What I have for David is true respect, he was a prominent player in our 2012 campaign, David was one of the best players within that.
“We are preparing for Arsenal with him on a team, I know how good he can be and I know how great a player he can be for Arsenal.”
Lampard concludes that he has great respect for David Luiz and recalls the extraordinary feeling of winning the Champions League with him in 2012.
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Lampard has raised the FA of England four times as a player and can claim silverware in his first campaign as Chelsea boss and only his second in management.
“Obviously I would be happy and if you get to the final you want to win it,” he said when asked what it would mean to win the trophy as a manager. “It will be difficult, there is a great manager who has not won things, but now we are here, I want to win.”
The highlight of Wembley will be played without fans being able to participate due to the coronavirus pandemic. Lampard admits that it will be strange to play a final in such circumstances, adding that he is determined by his pre-match message not to put too much pressure on his team.
“It will be strange not to have fans. We are getting used to it. We want fans, but we have to respect the current circumstances,” he added. “The fact that we’re used to means you can focus on what’s ahead. If you win, the title of the FA Cup stays with you forever.
“I’ll probably do it [give the players a special message], but I haven’t done it so far. I don’t want to put too much pressure. Most players have previously played critical games before, they have high level gaming experiences. I just want them to perform as they have sometimes done this season. “