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DavidEU

Filipe Luís

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Well at least now Jose will be forced to start him and he is about to have ~270 minutes of PL time.

We'll play a Capital One Cup match next week, so Azpi will be suspended for two PL matches.

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He just needs games tbh, he's not going to adapt to the PL if you don't play him in it...

No more explanations needed, really.

It's quite surprising people can overlook such obvious things. Missing the forest for the trees...

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I thought he did OK and was ufortunate that the ball bounced perfectly for Zaha. Let's not pretend like Azpilicueta wins 100% of his tackles.

That aside, I was wondering where on earth was the cover behind Luis back then...

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I am sure a lot of people will feel much more relieved after today's game than after the Palace one. It was only Maribor but he needed some start and boy did he look great on the left flank, from both defensive and offensive points of views.

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When was the last time a Chelsea fullback produced such attacking play? With his level of comfort on the ball, dribbling past players, linking up with the attacking players, the energy to constantly join attacks (without neglecting his defensive duties)..

The only thing lacking was him whipping in those delicious crosses. Great performance.

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He was sublime. Love the way he pinches in, when defending. Not sure how it will hold-up over the long haul, but it was interesting to see his style of defending.

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The red card to Azpilicueta was a blessing in disguise. He's been immense to us defensively for a season and a half but now we see what a real LB can give us in attack and defense.

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IMO we got the most complete LB in Europe in our team. Azpi has been excellent in the LB role but I am happy to see Luis get a few games in a row at LB. Ideally I want Luis as our first choice RB with Azpi and Ivanovic rotating RB role. Luis is far too good at LB to leave on the bench. He was excellent at Atletico. Bar the Palace game, he has been solid in every game this season he has stepped in. For club and country.

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His technical ability is on another planet compared to Azpi.

Azpi is a top defender, but Luis does it on both ends, and should win his spot with more all action performances like that.

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He's used to having di María in his pocket when Angel decides to go through the left, so I'm worried about that one :P

I do hope he has the match of his life comes Sunday. Like Skipper said, he needs EPL matches to get used to EPL physicality and while I think José was probably aiming a few more doable matches at home or against QPR, if he has a good match against United Azpili can kiss that LB position goodbye. What will happen in the RB I have no idea if it happens.

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You're know we're spoiled if when we have a world class LB like Luis come off the bench for us. He'd probably walk into most starting 11s in the world.

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He had a great game yesterday, and offers alot more than Azpi in an attacking situation. Regarding the RB situation, im against dropping Ivanovic in current form. Ivanovic play's as a winger basically with Willian cutting inside. This gives the opposition defenders a difficult decision in who they should mark, wich results into added distraction. Azpi on the other hand is much more suited to play with Schürrle because the latter tends to stick out wide and doesn't offer the same cover to his fullback than Willian does.

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His technical ability is on another planet compared to Azpi.

Azpi is a top defender, but Luis does it on both ends, and should win his spot with more all action performances like that.

Think it's harsh to compare Azpi at LB and Luis at LB. One is not natural LB while the other is. You are bound to get better results when a player is played in the right position. And it's not like we have never seen Azpi making decisive contributions or attack like Luis did when he plays at RB (or even at LB for that matter when he's given the license to get forward).

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