Pundit: Antonio Conte is trusting this Chelsea star like John Terry
Garth Crooks says Antonio Conte has grown to trust David Luiz like Jose Mourinho used to trust John Terry at Chelsea
Antonio Conte is beginning to trust David Luiz like Jose Mourinho used to trust John Terry at Chelsea, according to Garth Crooks.
Luiz has been in superb form for the Blues so far this season following his surprise return to Stamford Bridge from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer transfer window.
The Brazilian’s return to Stamford Bridge came as a surprise to many given that he was sold by Chelsea back in 2014.
However, the Brazilian defender has gone on to quickly establish himself as one of Chelsea’s most important players this season.
Luiz has been playing through the pain barrier with a heavily strapped knee in recent games.
And Crooks feels that Conte has quickly grown to trust the defender as one of the first names on the team sheet at Stamford Bridge.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport after Chelsea’s draw with Burnley on Sunday, Crooks said: “Luiz is playing Premier League football, and has done for about three weeks, with a heavily strapped knee.
“The Brazilian is doing manager Antonio Conte an enormous service by remaining part of the set-up but not without some obvious discomfort in order to keep the back five intact.
“Conte has grown to trust Luiz in the way Mourinho used to trust John Terry. Teams cannot win titles without players making sacrifices or, to put it bluntly, play with injuries. Luiz’s performance against Burnley, under the circumstances, was immense.”
Chelsea are currently 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.