Tottenham legend compares Chelsea signing David Luiz to Bobby Moore
Garth Crooks explains why David Luiz reminded him of Bobby Moore during Chelsea's 3-1 win at Manchester City
Garth Crooks has explained why David Luiz’s performance in Chelsea’s 3-1 victory over Manchester City reminded him of England legend Bobby Moore.
The Blues centre-half marshalled Antonio Conte’s defence to help the west London side ease to an eighth successive Premier League victory at the Etihad Stadium.
However, Luiz’s best moment came in the second half when the Brazil international played in Chelsea striker Diego Costa to score the west London side’s equaliser.
South American forward Willian edged Chelsea into a 2-1 lead before Eden Hazard sealed three points with another goal scored on the counter-attack at The Etihad.
Former Tottenham forward Crooks admitted that Luiz’s assist for Costa reminded him of ex England captain Bobby Moore in his pomp.
“What a ball for Diego Costa to score. I don’t know what was better, Costa’s movement in order to offer the invitation for David Luiz to attempt the 40-yard wonder ball or the sheer audacity and precision of the pass,” Crooks told BBC Sport.
“I suppose the movement combined with the chest trap made it for me.
“The last time I saw a centre-back put a centre forward in on goal so well or so deliberately was Bobby Moore in the World Cup final in 1966. It was just masterful. As a former player I saw defenders try something like that but seldom did it work.”
Chelsea are three points ahead of second-placed Arsenal after 14 Premier League games.
The Blues are four points clear of Liverpool and Manchester City after a disappointing weekend for Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola.
The west London outfit will host West Brom in their next Premier League fixture.