“It was the best thing I’d seen in my life.” Filipe Luis shouldn’t be speaking concerning the scenes when Atlético Madrid lastly gained a derby after 14 humiliating years, eventually beating Real Madrid and in a cup remaining on the Bernabéu too. He’s not speaking concerning the quarter of 1,000,000 followers filling the streets once they claimed an not possible league title. And he’s not speaking concerning the 80,000 Madrileños who descended upon Lisbon or packed Milan. Those nights nonetheless hang-out him, in spite of everything.
He shouldn’t be speaking concerning the Europa League finals, though Atlético gained these; about lifting the Copa América on the Maracanã; going to the World Cup with Brazil having overcome the “biggest challenge of my career”, a battle for health so arduous, so emotional Netflix needed to make a movie about it; or the wild celebrations when his present workforce, Flamengo, “probably the most demanding club on earth”, gained the Libertadores after 38 years with two targets in two dramatic minutes, the nation’s first double winners since Pelé led Santos. And he’s not speaking about parading the Premier League trophy with Chelsea both, though this did occur in London.
This time, he’s not even speaking about soccer, however he’ll and in putting, honest depth. Instead, the previous Chelsea defender and resident of Peterborough Road, Fulham, is speaking concerning the time he met Michael Caine. Not lots of people know that, so it’s an excellent place to start a protracted chat with the footballer fascinated by astrophysics and, most of all, by movie.
Filipe Luis rattles off his favorite films with the velocity of a person who has considered it many occasions (Interstellar, Shawshank Redemption and Josey Wales The Outlaw), insists cinema “moulded my personality”, and lights up at point out of Vinny Jones. He’s obsessive about Clint Eastwood, grew up attempting to speak like him, begged contacts to rearrange a gathering and now optimistically says “maybe through The Guardian …” So how about it, Clint? But he did meet his different large display idol.
“Royal Albert Hall, the premier of Interstellar,” he explains. “Cesc invited me because I love Christopher Nolan. I even walked the red carpet, although no one knew who I was. Nolan was there. Steven Hawking. Kip Thorne, the physicist. Jessica Chastain. Hans Zimmer. And I was in a box with Thierry Henry, Michael Caine and the president of Warner Europe. I couldn’t believe it. There was a talk, then the film with a live orchestra and it was fantastic, the best thing I’d seen in my life.”
His finest second that 12 months, definitely. Film was one factor, soccer one other. Wanted by Manchester United and Bayern Munich, Filipe Luis as a substitute went to London to switch Ashely Cole, an attacking left-back signed for a technology, however inside a 12 months he had gone. He had began 9 Premier League video games.
Something had been fallacious from the beginning. “I haven’t told anyone this but the first game I knocked on [José] Mourinho’s door,” he says. “‘Can I talk to you?’ ‘Come in.’ ‘Why did you bring me here? You took me from a place I was happy, where I played every week. You signed me to play. And the first day against Burnley I’m on the bench. Why not go away me at Atlético? Why convey me right here to not play?’ He stated he didn’t suppose I used to be enjoying effectively and [César] Azpilicueta was, that he didn’t really feel as safe with me. I needed to win my place; I couldn’t count on to be first alternative on repute.
“And looking back, he was right.”
Filipe Luis admits he struggled bodily and had difficulties adapting to the model in pre-season. His evaluation of the variations between Chelsea and Atlético, of techniques, personalities and his place inside them is detailed and nuanced, though he admits understanding that too late. Ultimately, although, it was easy. He remembers telling Mourinho “I can play like Azpilicueta” – and an interesting clarification of stopping Lionel Messi reveals a dedication to defensive duties – however Azpilicueta was already doing Azpilicueta.
“He played so well he never gave me a chance,” Filipe Luis says. “Mourinho rotated so I did get probabilities however I didn’t begin large video games as a result of the workforce was enjoying completely. We had nice gamers. Eden Hazard, Fàbregas, Diego Costa. Alongside Neymar, Eden’s the most effective I’ve performed with. He’s up there with Messi, profitable video games alone. He didn’t run to defend a lot, didn’t practice effectively, and 5 minutes earlier than video games he’d be enjoying Mario Kart within the dressing room. He educated and warmed up laces untied. But he’d exit and nobody might take the ball. He’d dribble three or 4. If opponents bought too shut, he’d simply draw back, so highly effective.
“Miel [honey]. Watching him enjoy football …” Filipe Luis smiles simply fascinated about it. “So clever: one-two, mix, go alone; help, rating, all the pieces. Maybe he lacks the ambition to say ‘I’ll be the world’s finest’, as a result of he may very well be. For expertise, the most effective. Cesc had a rare season too. And Costa. Then the defence was unimaginable. John Terry’s among the finest captains I’ve had. Even the bench: Oscar, Obi Mikel, Mohamed Salah, [André] Schürrle, Kurt Zouma, [Didier] Drogba, Loïc Rémy. Some workforce.
“My best moment was December-January; I’d adapted and was playing well. We knocked Liverpool out of the League Cup but I didn’t play the final. I decided I wanted to leave. I played every game: against all the smaller teams, the two semis, and when I didn’t play the final, I felt …” He does air quotes. “…‘betrayed’, for want of a better word.”
Did Mourinho apologise? “No, we won,” he shoots again, smiling. “Out of respect, I thought I should have played but he picked a team to win and we won. So I have no right to say anything and he has no need to say anything. Mourinho’s tremendously competitive, which is what makes him great. The team fit together without me. And he didn’t abandon me: he always sent Rui Faria to talk to me and I never went 10 games without playing. It might look like we fell out but I admire him. I won the league with him. But he didn’t get the best out of me, just as he didn’t with Salah.”
Not that anybody might see Salah being this good, proper? Wrong. “I suffered Salah in training, pfff,” Filipe Luis says. “When he went Fiorentina, I said: ‘Why are you going, Momo? This is Chelsea.’ And he said: ‘I need to play.’ I thought: ‘This kid’s good.’ He never went for money or to win more; he went to show he could play. In training he was like Messi. Really, like Messi. Ask anyone.” continue reading