Thursday 22 February 2018

Luiz proves his worth with stunning strike

Chelsea 2
Bayer Leverkusen 0

Chelsea 2, Bayer Lev'kusen 0, Jason Burt

Beyond a league and FA Cup double, one of Carlo Ancelotti's most important legacies at Chelsea was pushing for the £25m signing of David Luiz.

He believed the Brazilian could become the best central defender in the world but last night, on his return to the team, Luiz again showed that he perhaps has ambitions to be the best striker with a stunning goal.

It was a win, but it was far from convincing. There was no goal, again, for Fernando Torres who was restored to the starting line-up. Although involved in the build-up for both goals, carving out room for Juan Mata also, this was a modest performance from Chelsea's other signing last January.

Andre Villas-Boas handed a couple of full home debuts with both Raul Meireles and Mata making a line-up that owed much to rotation. With Manchester United, away at Old Trafford on Sunday to come, there were big players rested.

John Terry was not even required for the bench while Frank Lampard and Nicolas Anelka were among those substitutes.

Torres was in the thick of it. Booked for an ugly lunge he was then teed up superbly by Mata only to delay and lose the chance.

With a quarter of the game remaining and with the atmosphere growing more frosty, Chelsea hit the front with a typically barreling run by Luiz who stormed down the left to feed Malouda. The ball then went in to Torres whose lay-off was imprecise but was latched on to by Luiz who struck a crisp, low shot around Leno and into the net.

The second goal came with the last kick as Torres sprinted down the left and pulled the ball back for Mata to stroke home and put a gloss on the scoreline. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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