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Luiz: Sarri is a great man so rare



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The Blues have dropped points to Burnley in each of the last two seasons but triumphed 4-0 at Turf Moor, with Alvaro Morata, Ross Barkley, Willian and Ruben Loftus-Cheek on the scoresheet.
Chelsea are unbeaten in all competitions this season aside from the Community Shield and much of the credit has gone to former Napoli boss Sarri for his transformative effect.
Defender Luiz said: “I’m so happy because he’s a great human, he knows how to teach us, he knows how to improve us. When it’s like that it’s easy to understand and easy to try to be a fantastic player inside the pitch.”
The Burnley victory and performance was particularly impressive considering it came without their talisman Eden Hazard, who is sidelined by a back problem.
“I think we have many talented players, it’s not just Eden,” said Luiz. “We lost Pedro (to illness), and then Ruben came on. This is a big club and we cannot just play with 11 players. (We need a) minimum of 18, 19 players ready to play and we are happy because we have more than 20.”
Barkley has been the player most transformed under Sarri and scored for a third game in a row, while the much-maligned Morata terrorised the Burnley defence and should have scored more than one goal.
Having scored only once in his first nine games of the season, the Spaniard has managed three goals in his last four, and Luiz said: “Alvaro is a great player, he’s doing amazing.
“Sometimes when the strikers don’t score so the pressure starts on them. They love to score goals. I would just say to him to keep doing what he is doing and the goals are going to come naturally like they came today.”
Luiz has already won three major honours with Chelsea, including the Premier League two seasons ago and the Champions League in 2012, but he knows it is far too early to start talking about what might happen, particularly given the competition from Liverpool and Manchester City.
He said: “I had the opportunity to play in many fantastic squads, I won with great teams but also lost with great teams. I think with this team it’s trying to improve every single day.
“The manager is here for three or four months now so he’s trying to improve our style of football, our philosophy. The Premier League is not easy but it’s just the beginning. We’re keeping our feet on the ground.”
Known for defensive solidity last season, only Cardiff and Fulham have conceded more goals than Burnley after 10 games.
Nine of the 21 they have shipped have come in the last two games against City and Chelsea, and manager Sean Dyche claimed they are paying the price for greater ambition.
He said: “We’ve got to keep moving forward because the challenge is not about these (games), the challenge is about being in the Premier League.
“Another week we’re not going to play against teams with the same athleticism, the same quality. If you’re practicing against the best, then if you play against someone who’s not quite as good in theory, then maybe you make more goals.”