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The Chelsea holding midfielder believes the Brazilian is much better as a defender

When Chelsea lined up against Monterrey on Thursday in the Fifa Club World Cup semi-final match, Mikel Obi and David Luiz were paired in the defensive midfield and Chelsea won 3-1.

“It was a bit of a shock to see David [Luiz] lining up there,' Obi told the Guardian of London.

“I said to him as we got on to the pitch: "Where shall I play?"

“He said he'd play the holding role and that I should go forward. I said OK but, when the game started, I looked up and he was already up their end of the pitch.”

And Luiz, a defender by trade gave a good showing though his midfield partner is not too convinced that it should become a permanent move. In the first minutes of the match, Luiz played two defence splitting passes to Eden Hazard and Juan Mata

“David [Luiz] is a great player, but I don't know if this is going to be a long-term thing.

“I think he needs to play at the back. It was a good performance from him – he kept the ball well and played it well – but when it's not your normal position you sometimes lose something.

“He is a great player and a strong character that can only get better for this club. He keeps going and doing his thing. Fair play to him,” Obi added.

Obi is serving a three-match ban in the Premiership and that might have given rise to Rafa Benitez’s thinking to experiment with the Brazilian defender in midfield.

Chelsea will face Corinthians of Brazil in the final of the Club World Cup on Sunday in Japan.