David Luiz: What Antonio Conte’s changed in me at Chelsea
David Luiz says Antonio Conte has helped him mature at Chelsea this season
David Luiz says Antonio Conte has helped him mature as a player at Chelsea.
The Brazilian defender is getting to the end of his first season working under the Italian manager at Chelsea following his return to Stamford Bridge last summer.
Conte has been widely praised for the positive impact he has had at Stamford Bridge following his appointment as the club’s new manager last year.
Luiz has been a consistent performer in the Chelsea team since his arrival back at the club last summer and has earned plenty of praise for his displays in Chelsea’s back three.
And the Brazil international has lifted the lid on how he feels he has matured at Stamford Bridge this season under Conte’s guidance.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Luiz said: “You have to [mature], and also as a person. I think the experience gives you many things, and yes, as a person and a footballer, you have to if you want to learn. If you are open every day.
“I read more of the game now, I can understand more of the game, it is a different pressure now with the big games. Many, many things. I think if you want to improve, you need to think you are a better player than you were.”
He continued: “In this system you work a lot in a tactical way, Conte gives me a lot of good advice in ways to read the game.
“In my position I need to be the cover for everybody, the cover for the midfielders and the defence and the wingers. It’s a tactical place, and I love to work with Conte, he loves to work on the details. He’s helped me a lot and he’s great to work with.”
Luiz will be hoping to feature for Chelsea when the Blues return to Premier League action on Monday night with a crunch clash against Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are just two wins from the title after Tottenham’s 1-0 loss to West Ham on Friday.