BBC pundit: Forget Hazard, Kante, Matic, Moses & Costa, this Chelsea star has been the best

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David Luiz was the “real deal” in Chelsea‘s 2-0 win over Southampton on Sunday afternoon, according to Garth Crooks.

The 29-year-old defender made six clearances, two blocks and won two tackles during the game against Claude Puel’s side, in his sixth appearance since returning to the Blues from Paris Saint-Germain.

The former Tottenham Hotspur forward says David Luiz is now taking his defending seriously, with him standing defiantly in Antonio Conte’s system:

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  1. Garth Crooks is correct. It is amazing the tremendous transformation we now see in the team. Luiz has been fantastic in defence in terms of timing and precision. I think he has found joy in defending again because we can all see his total commitment to play for the team, defending superbly with sublime skills. This new found transformation is not limited to David luiz alone but to some of the players already mentioned, like Matic, Moses, Hazzard,Alonzo,Cahill,Kante, Costa,Pedro and Coutois. I am afraid Willian will never improve more than what he has been. He continues to play his old style of running aimlessly, holding the ball longer than necessary, and finally passing the ball to an opponent or shooting aimlessly instead of passing to a colleague better placed to score. That is selfishness. He is not playing for the team. He seeks his own glory, a sign of mediocrity. That is why Willian does not suit Chelsea’s style at the moment as it constitutes a drag on the team’s engine! So, I believe that players who are not ready to play the way the team is playing now may find themselves as misfits and surplus to requirement.

    • You have put forward an amazing analysis and I thank you for that but I will not go as far as calling Willian a selfish player. His holding the ball for far too long is also because lack of Chelsea players in the opposition’s goal box to collect the crosses This may be because in the earlier 4-2-3-1 formation we used to play (and under Mourinho’s philosophy), Costa had to go back to defend as well and we all know he is not fast as few other typical strikers built for counter attack. He is more of a poacher who thrives on crosses and accurate passes inside the D (Which is evident from the fact that he has scored just 2 goals from outside the box for Chelsea.) However, under Conte’s system, Costa is again able to play higher up the pitch which suits the wingers and the wing backs to pass the ball to him or Hazard. If willian can adapt to this change, he will look good once again. Thanks for you comment again.

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