English Premiership

David Luiz salutes Sarri for sticking to his guns

2019-03-07 13:36
Maurizio Sarri and David Luiz
Maurizio Sarri and David Luiz (Getty Images)

Cape Town - David Luiz has described Maurizio Sarri as a 'great human' and praised the Chelsea boss for sticking to his footballing principles.

Blues head coach Sarri came under intense pressure last month following a string of poor performances and humiliating Premier League defeats at Bournemouth and Manchester City.

The 60-year-old Italian was criticised for his possession-based “Sarri-ball' style of play and repetitive substitutions, but has since improved the club's fortunes.

“You don't change your character because of the situation, I think you change the situation,' said Luiz, ahead of tonight's Europa League last-16 first-leg clash with Dynamo Kiev.

“He's a great human, someone with the love and passion for football, someone loving with people and trying to help everybody, and trying to give the best advice.

“When you lose a game, like we did in Manchester (6-0), no one is going to be happy and coming here joking around.

“He's a real person, and real people have feelings good and bad.”


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