Gary Neville: This is what I thought when Chelsea signed David Luiz
The Manchester United legend admits he was unsure about Antonio Conte's decision to bring David Luiz back to Chelsea
Gary Neville has admitted that he was unsure about Antonio Conte’s decision to bring David Luiz back to Chelsea in the summer transfer window.
The west London side completed a £32m deal to sign Luiz from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain on transfer deadline day in a move that raised eyebrows less than 24 months after the Brazilian moved to the French capital in a £50m switch.
However, Luiz has established himself as a key part of Conte’s starting line-up over the past few months after helping Chelsea to put daylight between themselves and their closest title rivals Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal.
In fact, Chelsea kept an incredible 10 clean sheets in 13 successive Premier League wins to set a club record ahead of their trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.
Speaking on the Gary Neville podcast ahead of Chelsea’s clash against Spurs, the former Manchester United defender gave an insight into his initial impressions when the Blues re-signed Luiz.
“When they signed David Luiz, I thought, we’ve seen David Luiz in a back four with Gary Cahill and John Terry, it doesn’t work,” Neville said.
“In a traditional back four it hasn’t work previously so why would it work this time? Then they go to a back three and all of a sudden Luiz is cuddled by Azpilicueta and Cahill.
“Those three are cuddled by a fantastic goalkeeper and a really good midfield in Kante and Matic.”
Chelsea finished in tenth place in the Premier League table last season.