Chelsea given freedom – Luiz

The Brazilian centre-half insists the ability to criticise one

another on the field has inspired them to emerge from their recent

crisis. Luiz, 24, has been at the centre of much of the criticism

for his gung-ho approach to games where he has shown the tendency

to forage upfield and lunge into some reckless tackling. However,

the £24million summer signing has showed signs of settling

into his role at Stamford Bridge and has inspired the Blues to the

last-16 of the Champions League where they will meet Napoli. And

Andre Villas-Boas’ side have been steadily improving after winning

their last three games, including a 2-1 win over Premier League

leaders Manchester City on Monday night. Luiz told The Sun: “We

have complete freedom on the pitch to give our opinions, and to

speak out – even to the extent of criticising our team-mates

harshly. “We were not having such a good spell recently, but now

nobody talks about that. That is the product of our attitude and

confidence. We all have independence within the squad.”