Felipe Luis reveals all in Twitter Q&A session
It has been a wonderful year in the life of Felipe Luis who has transformed into one of the best left-backs in world football. The 29-year-old not only became a La Liga winner and picked up a Champions League runners-up medal with Atletico Madrid, but also secured a dream move to Chelsea for 20 million Euros. He has come a long way since progressing through the ranks at Figueirense, with the Brazilian moving to Real Madrid Castilla and Deportivo La Coruna before securing a transfer to Atletico Madrid in 2010. Diego Simeone played a big role in his development in the Spanish capital, with Felipe Luis becoming a fan’s favourite through his endeavour and work-rate in defence. The left-back has also broke into La Selecao, although his omission from the 2014 World Cup raised many eyebrows across Brazil. He is poised to play a significant role in fulfilling Chelsea’s odds with Coral of Premier League title favourites as he provides Jose Mourinho with a wonderful defensive and attacking option at left-back.
As so many of the modern day footballers have chosen to involve themselves with, Felipe Luis has his own Twitter account – a social media site which enables a great bond between professional footballers and fans to be formed. Felipe Luis recently participated in a Q&A session on Twitter where Chelsea fans were invited to ask the left-back any questions in order to learn more about their new player. Amongst the numerous questions he fielded, Felipe Luis provided an interesting insight into life as a professional footballer, his personality and his views on his Chelsea team-mates.
Who is the fastest player at Chelsea?
Chelsea are blessed with a star-studded squad which looks primed to challenge for the Premier League title once again. Training with so many quality players will have provided Felipe Luis with the perfect insight into the ability of his team-mates. Although they may not be considered regular training drills, most professional football clubs hold sprint sessions to discover who is the most athletic and has the best acceleration speeds; it may be considered a fun exercise for the players, but it also provides important information for sports science purposes. Felipe Luis revealed that he believes his Brazilian team-mate Willian is the fastest player at Chelsea, followed by Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle.
Who is your idol?
Being a Brazilian left-back naturally makes the link with Roberto Carlos inevitable for Felipe Luis, but he confirmed during the Q&A session that he considers the Selecao legend as his role model. Roberto Carlos was one of the best players of his generation, with many years of service at Real Madrid alongside the likes of Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham and Raul illustrating the considerable quality he possessed. Many fans across the world will remember Carlos for the wonderful, bending free-kick he scored against France in 1997 that changed the perception of how players can strike the ball. Felipe Luis ranks Roberto Carlos as one of the best players of all time and considers it an honour to watch him play for the Brazil national team.