David Luiz will be coming up against his former club tomorrow since making that eye watering €49.5m move to Paris Saint-Germain last summer which made him the world’s most expensive defender. His performances for Les Parisiens have been largely positive despite suffering a dip in form which started in the 3-1 defeat to Barcelona back in December. There were a shaky couple of weeks that followed with the team suffering another defeat on the back of that way to Guingamp. Having not lost a single game up until Barca, we ended up losing one after the other – much like these London buses.
So how has the Brazilian fared in comparison to his last season with Chelsea? 1970 PSG has had a look through the statistics to find out.
Premier League (2013/14) vs Ligue 1 (2014/15)
He made a total of 19 appearances in the Premier League last season with 13 being for a complete 90 minutes. At Chelsea he had to compete with John Terry and Gary Cahill for a starting berth where as in Paris he is a guaranteed starter alongside Thiago Silva and has made the same amount of appearances already, completing 17 of them.
There has been a significant increase in his passing accuracy in Paris. He has a success rate of 90% compared to 82% in a Chelsea shirt. He is in a team now that dominates possession on a weekly basis whereas teams play on a more even keel in England in terms of attacking football.
Interestingly he is not shy to playing a long ball. Last season he played 44 and he is already on course with ¾’s of the season gone to beat that having notched up 42.
We all know Luiz loves to get forward and is no stranger to having a shot on goal. His shooting has increased slightly in France by 4% with an accuracy of 33% compared to last season. For Chelsea he had seven shots on target but 17 were off. In a Parisian shirt, just three on target but six missed their mark. However, he has one goal to his name compared to zero last season.
But, for someone who is not perceived as an out and out defender due to his flamboyant nature, he is a centre-back after all. He has improved in every aspect defensively this season compared to last.
Chelsea 2013 / 2014
Tackle success rate: 36% (17/47)
Fouls suffered: 47 %
Fouls committed: 53 %
Headed duel success rate: 61% (41/67)
PSG 2014 / 2015
Tackle success rate: 53% (28/55)
Fouls suffered: 62 %
Fouls committed: 38 %
Headed duel success rate: 79% (44/56)
His discipline has improved in terms of bookings, just three picked up this season compared to six in the last campaign.
Statistics courtesy of Squawka.com