Sport Conte hails David Luiz as one of the world's best defenders

06:20  16 april  2017
06:20  16 april  2017 Source:   Goal.com

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Antonio Conte believes Chelsea defender David Luiz has restored his reputation as one of the best defenders in Europe. ‘We have put him back as one of the best defenders in Europe and, I hope, in the world .’

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DavidLuiz-cropped: Chelsea defender David Luiz © Provided by Goal Chelsea defender David Luiz

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte heaped praise on David Luiz, who he believes is one of the best defenders in the world.

David Luiz was sold to French champions Paris Saint-Germain in 2014 after former boss Jose Mourinho lost patience with the Brazilian but Conte lured him back to Stamford Bridge in the off-season.

It has proved to be a wise decision, with a more mature David Luiz starring for the Premier League leaders, who have the chance to restore their seven-point advantage against Manchester United on Sunday.

Overseeing David Luiz's transformation into a consistent and reliable defender, Conte hailed the 29-year-old.

Conte happy with Luiz's displays this season

  Conte happy with Luiz's displays this season Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has insisted that he has been delighted with David Luiz’s progress at the club since the start of the season and has heaped the praise on his centre-back. Luiz has been a vital cog in Chelsea’s season so far and has been massively impressive throughout the course of the campaign, helping them to storm ahead in the title race. The Blues sit four points clear of Tottenham Hotspur at the summit and have their defence to thank for building such a solid foundation this season, with Luiz featuring prominently at the heart of it. The Brazil international’s efforts haven’t gone unnoticed either, with Conte lauding his displays and his development, as cited by the Independent. “David arrived in England and I heard a lot of bad things about him when he arrived, and why was he coming back in Chelsea because, in the past, he had performed bad and he was ‘not a defender’.” “This was a great challenge for him, but also for me. Because I think when you have great ability for your players, and you can work to try and improve some situations, it’s great. You can see that David, for sure, is a really strong defender.” Luiz is a strong contender to be in the PFA team of the year for the 2016/17 campaign but was unable to prevent his side falling short at the hands of Manchester United yesterday in a 2-0 defeat. “I like, always, to repeat to him that it’s very important to have the right concentration. His role is a crucial role for us, and I think he has performed very well. But I want him to perform very well for the rest of the season.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has hit back at criticism of his surprise move for David Luiz by claiming the Brazilian can become one of the world . “ Luiz is 29, it is a fantastic age for him to become one of the best defenders in the world .

Antonio Conte believes deadline day signing David Luiz will need time to adapt to the philosophy he has brought to Chelsea. "I think that David Luiz is 29, a fantastic age for him to become one of the best defenders in the world .

"When David arrived in England, I heard a lot of bad things about him," Conte said. Why was he coming back to Chelsea because, in the past, he had performed badly and was not a defender?

"This was a great challenge for him, but also for me and when we decided to buy him, to take him back, we were sure we were taking a really good player.

"We have put him back as one of the best defenders in Europe and, I hope, in the world."

Of David Luiz being overlooked for the PFA Player of the Year award, Conte added: "It's more difficult for the defenders, no? For this reason, Paolo Maldini never won the Best Player in the World award.

"But this position, as a central player in three defenders, is perfect for David to play.

"He has good technique, he's strong, can start our possession and has the personality to do this. He also has two really good defenders at his side, in Gary [Cahill] and [Cesar] Azpi [Azpilicueta], or Kurt Zouma, Nathan Ake or John Terry."

David Luiz could be in line for Brazil recall .
Chelsea central defender David Luiz could be in line for a recall to the Brazil national team. According to journalist Tim Vickery, Brazil manager Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, or Tite for short, will be watching Luiz play tonight. Twitter: Brazil’s boss will be at Stamford Bridge tonight – having a look at David Luiz – from Investobet; https://t.co/bllpI5XqAN (@Tim_Vickery) Chelsea host Southampton at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League as they look to maintain their lead over Tottenham at the top of the table. Barring any late injury, Luiz is expected start at the heart of the back three, where he has excelled this season. Luiz was named in the PFA Team of the Year last week, along with teammate Gary Cahill, and has been one of the best defenders in the league this season. The former PSG man has been a key part of Chelsea’s 13 league clean sheets, and was superb as they booked their place in the FA Cup final at the weekend against Tottenham. Luiz had lost his place in the Brazil team after some sub-par performances but could force his way back in with a good display tonight.

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