Chelsea's Luiz lov­ing life un­der 'fan­tas­tic' Sarri

Un­beaten Blues cruis­ing with five wins and two draws un­der their belt

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - SPORT -

David Luiz is rel­ish­ing the en­joy­ment of play­ing un­der new Chelsea man­ager Mau­r­izio Sarri and be­lieves the pos­i­tive at­mos­phere at Stam­ford Bridge has con­trib­uted to the Lon­don club's un­beaten start to the Pre­mier League sea­son.

The Blues' open­ing seven league games have yielded five wins and two draws, with only a late goal from Daniel Stur­ridge deny­ing them a vic­tory in a 1-1 share of the spoils at home to Liver­pool on Sat­ur­day that also pre­served the vis­i­tors' un­beaten league record this term.

"Sarri is giv­ing us a lot of hap­pi­ness to play foot­ball. We are try­ing to en­joy," Luiz told Chelsea TV.

"He gives us a lot of con­fi­dence. He shows us what he wants. He gives us the de­tails about the game. "He works hard in ev­ery sit­u­a­tion. And also as a hu­man he's a fan­tas­tic per­son."

The Brazil­ian de­fender added: "Ev­ery sin­gle day he says to us 'you have the best job in the world, so you have to en­joy'.

"You have to try to do this with a big smile. Many peo­ple in the world don't have this priv­i­lege."

Luiz helped Chelsea win the 2016/17 Pre­mier League ti­tle in for­mer man­ager An­to­nio Conte's first sea­son as Blues boss.

But he fell out of favour with Conte last sea­son, while in­juries kept him side­lined as well.

Luiz, how­ever, is find­ing life un­der an­other Ital­ian boss in the 59-year-old Sarri far more agree­able, while in­sist­ing no one at Chelsea is get­ting car­ried away by their fine start to the sea­son.

"We're not go­ing to win the ti­tle in this (game, against Liver­pool)," he said of a match where Eden Haz­ard had given Chelsea the lead. "We tried to do our best to win the game and we con­tinue to work hard ev­ery day. The sea­son is long, it's just the be­gin­ning. Let's con­tinue to play."

For­mer Chelsea for­ward Stur­ridge's 50th league goal for Liver­pool came in the 89th minute and en­sured the Reds re­mained un­de­feated in the league ahead of next week­end's clash with Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons Manch­ester City.

Haz­ard's sixth goal of the sea­son had looked like giv­ing Chelsea all three points be­fore Stur­ridge's late in­ter­ven­tion.

"Ev­ery point counts in the Pre­mier League," for­mer Chelsea striker Stur­ridge told Liver­pool's web­site.

"It's im­por­tant for ev­ery club to try to pick up points and th­ese games are im­por­tant, but even if you drop points in th­ese games it's about hav­ing the con­sis­tency through­out the whole sea­son be­cause this is just one game in 38 any­way." (AFP)

Chelsea’s Ital­ian head coach Mau­r­izio Sarri ges­tures dur­ing their English Pre­mier League match against Liver­pool at Stam­ford Bridge in Lon­don on Sat­ur­day.

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