David Luiz and Sokratis was the centre back pairing Unai Emery opted for against Burnely. While they couldn’t keep a clean sheet, they managed to show solidity and composure that summed up a good display.
After the match, Sokratis spoke about his new teammate and defensive partner, and the how he expects things to be going forward.
“I have known him for a lot of years. He also speaks some Greek and is a very good guy. I am happy also that we took a player like him with experience.
“When I was in Dortmund I played with Hummels, who has the same style as David. It was also a very good partnership and it is very good [now with David Luiz]. It was his first game, it is important that we won and we can go from here.
“When [David] came we spoke a lot that we will have moments when we struggle, but we have to struggle all together. Of course he is a player that has experience because he played for big teams. We need character and players like him.
“Yes, it is good [to build a partnership]. But we have also Rob Holding, [Calum] Chambers who are good players and Dinos [Mavropanos], who is coming back now. We have to be ready for every game. It is a lot of games and we need all the players. The important thing is to win as a team. In games somebody has to stay outside and somebody has to play, but the important thing is the team.”
Which Centre back pairing would you love to be first choice when everyone is fit?