David Luiz seems to be enjoy his Chelsea career with the arrival of Sarri to Chelsea last summer. The Brazilian has become a regular feature in Italian’s starting eleven, but the former PSG central defender was in Limbo last season.

David Luiz began well with Antonio Conte in his first season at the Bridge but fell out of favour with the Italian in mid-October following a 3-0 defeat to Roma in the UEFA Champion’s league last year.

“Two seasons ago he was a protagonist,” said Sarri. “Then six months ago he was not playing, so he was a little confused.” Chelsea currently are unbeaten in the Premier League season, with five wins and two draws, and came within minutes of inflicting Liverpool’s first loss on Saturday.

What Sarri likes about Luiz could be a trait that explains his exile under Conte. “He’s direct. If he has to say something to the manager he has to talk to me,” Sarri said. “I like very much direct people.

“When I arrived here immediately I had the feeling he’s a very good player for my way of football because he’s a centre-back who is very technical”. Then I appreciate his qualities as a man. He’s really better than I thought before.”

Luiz is currently enjoying life under Sarri. “Sarri is giving us a lot of happiness to play football. We are trying to enjoy,” he told Chelsea TV. “He gives us a lot of confidence. He shows us what he wants. He gives us the details about the game.”