Frank Lampard labelled David Luiz a ‘hugely important player’ for Chelsea in Super Cup programme despite the defender playing for Arsenal


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By Oliver Dawnay

15th August 2019,
11:22 am

An error in Chelsea’s pre-match Super Cup programme saw David Luiz labelled a ‘hugely important player’ by manager Frank Lampard.

The boss had clearly been interviewed before the transfer window closed as Luiz was allowed to leave the club for Arsenal in a deadline day move following an ‘honest conversation‘ with Lampard.

Lampard accidentally praised Luiz in his UEFA Super Cup programme notes

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Lampard accidentally praised Luiz in his UEFA Super Cup programme notes

However, prior to the showpiece in Istanbul, where Chelsea were defeated 5-4 on penalties following a thrilling 2-2 draw, Lampard praised the Brazilian, hailing him as a crucial member of his squad for the upcoming season along with captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

Luiz is yet to appear for Arsenal following his £8million move across London, having been left on the bench for their Premier League opening-day victory over Newcastle.

Following Chelsea’s defeat to Liverpool, Lampard admitted he was a terrible loser but praised his side’s performance in the match.

He said: “I’m the worst loser in the world and I hate it. The way they played, the spirit, the desire, the quality.

“I know we lost and that’s it but (we take) confidence for the season. We have got real quality in there. Sometimes football is little moments of luck.

Arsenal brought in Luiz on deadline day for just £8million

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Arsenal brought in Luiz on deadline day for just £8million

“I don’t want to look like I’m moaning but it clearly affects preparation, it’s unfortunate they have two day extra recovery.

“I respect Liverpool, but I felt we were the stronger team. I’m a terrible loser but the feeling for me is one of pride.

“If we keep playing like that then we’ll be okay. I saw a lot of things I want to see.”


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