David Luiz wants to replace John Terry as Chelsea captain – Rafa ponders over options
As Chelsea slowly settles in with their detested new manager Rafael Benitez, the question of who will become the new skipper and the face of the club continues to confound everyone. Chelsea defender David Luiz believes he is a “natural leader” at the club and can do well if he is allowed to replace John Terry as the first captain of the club.
The 25-year-old Brazil international asked for the chance to lead Chelsea at the Club World Cup. David Luiz reckons he is already become a leading figure in Chelsea’s locker-room which is why he would be an ideal person to shoulder the captaincy responsibilities.
David Luiz has been accused inconsistent form since his arrival at Stamford Bridge. The former Benfica defender has a wide range of skill sets under his belt and has performed under pressure in a number of important games for Chelsea since his transfer in 2011. Leading Chelsea’s younger players will be David Luiz’s most important test if he is handed captaincy.
“I was captain at Benfica at 21,”explained David Luiz, who believes he can have a positive impact of Chelsea’s younger generation. “I know my personality is to be a natural leader. So I know now that, at this moment, with the team's leaders of many, many years out of the team, I need to take responsibility of the team myself and try and help the younger players.
“I don't have a problem with that in bad moments. I always say my shoulders are broad and I can take that extra responsibility. I love it. I want it. I prefer to take it on myself to help the other guys, who can go and play with their heads clear and calm.
“I can play with this added responsibility. I enjoy it. I know my personality and I know what it's taken to get me here at Chelsea.”
David Luiz admitted he had been criticized by media and Chelsea fans for lack of form in the past and that these external pressures affected his game-play, but he had now learnt how to deal with criticism.
“No one likes criticism,” David Luiz said. “It gets to you and you don't like it. You ask: 'Why are they saying this? I tried my best, why can't they see I'm trying?'
“You can have these moments when you're down, but you can't let them last long. They have to pass. I can be sad for one or two hours. But, the rest of the day, I need to be happy because the team needs me to be positive. My brain needs it. I need it.”