Saturday 23 September 2017

David Luiz best XI: Brazilian picks himself over former Chelsea team mate

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender David Luiz (L) attends a training session in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, west of Paris, today
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender David Luiz (L) attends a training session in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, west of Paris, today

Tom Sheen

Former Chelsea centre-back David Luiz has revealed his dream team ahead of Paris Saint-Germain's meeting with his former club on Tuesday night.

The Brazilian, who left Chelsea for Paris for £50million in the summer, has picked four former Chelsea team-mates in his side - but not former defensive partner John Terry.

The former England captain never appeared to take to the Brazilian and the pair struggled mightily when playing together over the last couple of seasons.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Luiz bent the rules a little bit - he picked himself and Lionel Messi, a player he's never played with (though he also left out Cristiano Ronaldo in favour of Brazil team-mate Neymar).

The Brazilian also picked Willian over Chelsea star Eden Hazard - a selection many fans of the west London club may be puzzled by.

"Why have I picked myself? Because I have to be in my own fantasy team, right The rules are that you can only pick players you have played with — with the exception of one: Lionel Messi," he said.

Here is his XI:

Petr Cech (Chelsea)

 Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea), Thiago Silva (PSG & Brazil), David Luiz, Maxwell (PSG & Brazil)

Willian (Chelsea & Brazil), Michael Essien (Chelsea), Pablo Aimar (Benfica), Angel Di Maria (Benfica)

Lionel Messi, Neymar (Brazil)

"I haven’t picked Zlatan because I have only been playing with him for six months. Messi is Messi and I have played with Neymar in the national team for a long time — they deserve to be in there.

"I can speak about them all. Oscar and Cesar Azpilicueta are fantastic players but I couldn’t find room for them."

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