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David Luiz plays neat one-two with Roma’s Juan Jesus before scoring from 25 yards

The 30-year-old Brazilian scored past his international team-mate with a wonderful strike from distance

David Luiz has always struck us as more of a midfielder than a defender.

Antonio Conte clearly doesn’t necessarily agree with us as the Italian gaffer deployed his curly-mopped player in the middle of the park against Roma in an unexpected team selection for Chelsea’s Champions League game against Roma at Stamford Bridge.

And even though Luiz’s role is to do his best impression of the injured N’Golo Kante, his advanced position always has other advantages.

Like this for example…

That beautiful strike opened the scoring after just 11 minutes.

The finish is undeniably superb and Luiz’s international team-mate Alisson (not that Luiz plays much for Brazil anymore) could do nothing to prevent his side going one-nil down.


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Good distance with the knee slide as well

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Good distance with the knee slide as well

However, can we all appreciate the bizarre one-two in the build-up?

Rather than exchanging passes with a team-mate, Luiz inadvertently decided to use Roma defender Juan Jesus as a target man to feed off.

The weight of Luiz’s initial pass (meant for Alvaro Morata) meant Jesus couldn’t control or clear effectively but the 26-year-old centre-back may be disappointed when he watches the replay nonetheless.

With Atletico Madrid being held to a goalless draw in Qarabag and Chelsea taking an early lead, the Blues can almost start thinking about the knockout stages already.

UPDATE: It finished 3-3 after Man City old boys inspired a dramatic comeback — the round of 16 still beckons for the Blues