The Brazilian has played every single minute of the Blues' Premier League campaign so far this season and continues to remain at the top of the pecking order, despite Chelsea shifting to a back four this season.
"For sure he will be a point of reference for me, for everybody here". "But the average after the worldwide break was only 1.31 or 1.32". 'Fortunately, we have very strong young players; (Ruben) Loftus-Cheek, (Callum) Hudson-Odoi, Ampadu, and I'd like to give them the right space.
The Italian added: "I think tomorrow will be a very hard game because, mentally, the match after the break is always very hard".
"I'm trying to stress this number to my players, just telling them this number, my experience in this situation".
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Mateo Kovacic is once again expected to partner with N'Golo Kante and Jorginho in a midfield that is looking increasingly settled as Maurizio Sarri settles on his 4-3-3 formation.
"At the moment, I can only see City or Liverpool [winning it], at the moment", he told a media conference.
Luiz, who was a peripheral figure under Antonio Conte last season, has rejuvenated his career at Stamford Bridge under Sarri this term. "I am not able to think about this as a job, like work".
Asked if that attitude is born out of the fact that he worked outside of football in the world of banking until the age of 40, Sarri replied with a smile: "Maybe, maybe". I feel like at home. "My feeling is that we are not a very solid team in the defensive phase, we need to improve and we can, my feeling during the training is that this team can improve".