Neville retracts David Luiz criticism

Sky Sports pundit and ex Manchester United right back Gary Neville has retracted his criticism of David Luiz as “a Playstation player” following his recent performances in Chelsea’s back three. During his first tenure at Chelsea, Neville lambasted the defender, saying that “it looks like he’s being controlled by a 10 year old playing on […]

Sky Sports pundit and ex Manchester United right back Gary Neville has retracted his criticism of David Luiz as “a Playstation player” following his recent performances in Chelsea’s back three. During his first tenure at Chelsea, Neville lambasted the defender, saying that “it looks like he’s being controlled by a 10 year old playing on a Playstation.”

Luiz returned to Chelsea this summer and has been the fulcrum of a back three that has helped Chelsea to the top of the league. In the seven games since switching to a back three, Conte’s side have yet to concede a goal.

Luiz has performed impressively in that time, causing Neville to rethink his controversial criticism of three years ago, “The three at the back suits David Luiz perfectly,” Neville told the Metro. “He doesn’t suit playing in a back four.

“But I think playing in a three, particularly with N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic playing in front of him, and he seems to be making good decisions. He seems to be selecting when to play out from the back and when to get rid of it. He seems to be more mature.

“I think also Conte is a very good, well drilled defensive coach. So ultimately at the moment I think it looks very good. I think having Kante and Matic in front of him and having the two players either side is giving him a good platform to show his best.”

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