Chelsea and Arsenal will play each other in the Europa League final, and it’s a tie that both clubs are taking very seriously.
While Chelsea have already qualified for the Champions League next season, it’s a huge opportunity for Arsenal to qualify for Europe’s biggest club competition next season. Chelsea however want to end the season with a trophy, having lost the Carabao Cup to Manchester City on penalty shootout.
Chelsea defender David Luiz has revealed that football is all about winning as he explains Sarri-ball and how Chelsea try to play, building from the back.
Luiz said: “Now in modern football the first striker is the goalkeeper with his feet, and the first defenders are the strikers.
“I love that and it is the evolution of football. I remember when I started no one wanted me to play from the back, no one wanted me to kick the ball long and it depended on the style of the coach, but now everybody understands.
“The top six in England, four teams are in the European finals and all of them play football playing from the back, possession ball, creating. Football is about winning time and if you put the ball in the air, you are going to lose time so we try to build from the back.
“We try to give the players with the talent the ball between the lines to make a difference in the game.”
Luiz also hailed the work Arsenal boss Unai Emery has done with the Gunners just after one year in charge of the club.
He said: “They have done great because it is never easy to change the manager after many years that Arsene Wenger was there, and then Unai came trying to build a new philosophy and trying to get the trust from the players and the club and the fans, and I think he is doing amazing.
“I had the opportunity to work for a few months with Unai, he is a great guy, a great coach and a great person and especially in this competition he knows how to win so that is why Arsenal is there [in the final], that is why Unai is there at the end, so that is something to realise and take in the right way to beat Unai and Arsenal in the final.”
Luiz added: “He is passionate about his work.
“He builds his team with spirit and passion for the game, I think it was great for him to be in PSG and now also Arsenal because he can speak French and all the top players from his team now, they speak French and it is great to connect with the players.”