David Luiz reveals admiration for Patrice Evra ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Manchester United

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    By Jonathan Birchall

    28 Feb 2011 08:42:00

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    Chelsea defender David Luiz has revealed his admiration for Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra ahead of two teams’ meeting at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

    The Brazilian, who joined the Blues in a £21 million deal during the January transfer window, has admitted to watching a number of other defenders at the top level in order to improve his game and cited the Frenchman as one player who has impressed him most.

    Luiz has only made two appearances since moving to the Premier League champions but has been touted as the long-term replacement for captain John Terry at the heart of Carlo Ancelotti’s defence.

    Speaking to The Sun, the former Benfica man insisted that he can become a good signing for the Blues and that he feels he has already settled in well at Stamford Bridge.

    He said: “I watch a lot of defenders’ matches, especially Evra, and try to copy things.

    “Whether I play at centre-half or full-back I know I can do a good job.

    “I know football in England is different but I think I’ve coped with it well so far and I’m surrounded by great players.”

    Luiz also spoke of delight at being able to play alongside some of Chelsea’s biggest names, including Terry.

    He added: “It’s a privilege to play alongside players like John Terry and to learn every day with them.

    “I’m trying to make the most of the experience it gives me. I believe I have everything needed to succeed here.”

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