Early today (Monday) Jose Mourinho was able to work with his full squad for the first time this pre-season.

Those players who had spent two weeks away training with the manager and playing games in Asia were given the weekend off while on Sunday, the Confederations Cup six were at Cobham for the first time since their holiday break.

So it was this morning when Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Oscar and John Mikel Obi were reunited with their club colleagues, and it was straight into a full training session out on the sunny pitches in Surrey.

The work did not end there either with a second training session scheduled for late afternoon. Throughout the day, all players are being filmed by the TV companies with the rights to show Barclays Premier League games live. The shots collected are the ones of each player walking towards the camera in full kit, to be shown on screen for the team line-ups before kick-off.

There is no doubt David Luiz had a good summer. Along with Oscar, he was part of the Brazil side that won the Confederations Cup on home soil, beating world champions Spain 3-0 in the final.

‘I won my first title with my country so it was special for me and special for everyone in Brazil,’ he tells the official Chelsea website.

‘It gives us a lot of confidence for the World Cup and we gave our people a great moment. It was special because we showed to the world that Brazil have a good team again. We beat Italy, Japan, Mexico, Uruguay, some fantastic teams, and in the final we beat Spain.

‘The intensity of that game was the difference. The team started well and finished well, and we pressed high.’

It does seem the football world is talking about next summer’s World Cup hosts in different terms following their showing this summer. David Luiz can understand why there were doubts before.

‘Brazil has always given the world fantastic football and we have won many titles, but when for many years Brazil didn’t win anything, people do speak about this. But I think Brazil never lost respect and now winning one title is special for everyone. Everyone in the team knows what they have to do and now everyone needs to stay fit, and we need to work hard every day.’

Two of the outstanding features of the final in the Maracana were the atmosphere generated by the partisan crowd and our defender’s intervention with the score only 1-0, when he pulled off one of the great goal-line clearances of all time.

‘Juan Mata and Cesar Azpilicueta told me yesterday that when we had our anthem before the game, the guys said 1-0 for Brazil, because the music stopped and all the singing didn’t stop and that was power. That was the best atmosphere I had in my life.

‘With the clearance I read the moment because I have a lot of admiration for Pedro and I know what he often does when he goes one against one with the keeper. So I arrived at the ball and of course God helped me with the ball going high off my leg and saving the goal. It was just my job, as all the players did their job in the game.’

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Having suffered a broken nose earlier in the tournament, David Luiz had an operation on it three days after the final and then spent two weeks lying back in the sun, combining recovery with holiday.

‘Now I am okay, and I spent some days in Brazil staying with my family because I miss them a lot when I am here, and then yesterday it was back for a proper training session,’ he reports.

‘The machine needs to work again so day by day I can improve my physical condition.

‘Today is so special seeing everyone again at this club. I have a good relationship with everyone so of course I miss the people here when I am away.’

The squad train again at Cobham on Tuesday morning before departure for the USA later in the day.

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