Gary Neville once infamously described David Luiz as defending like he was being controlled by a 10-year-old on a PlayStation – but now believes he fits “perfectly” into Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 system at Chelsea.
The Brazilian returned to Stamford Bridge in a surprise deadline-day deal from Paris Saint-Germain two years after leaving west London for the French capital.
After a mixed start to the 2016-17 campaign, Luiz has become a key cog for Conte since the Italian switched to a three-man defence and the Blues have subsequently won five games in a row without conceding a goal.
“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, 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.”