Pundit: This was David Luiz’s problem at Chelsea, Antonio Conte fixed it
Glenn Hoddle praises Antonio Conte for bringing out the best of David Luiz this season at Chelsea
Glenn Hoddle believes that switching to a back three has helped David Luiz thrive in Chelsea’s defence this season.
The Blues started the season playing a traditional four-man defence but new boss Antonio Conte quickly switched to a 3-4-3 formation after back to back defeats by both Arsenal and Liverpool.
The west London side have not looked back – Chelsea are currently flying high at the top of the Premier League table and are just two wins from lifting the title.
Luiz returned to Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain last summer and has been a regular fixture in the heart of the Blues’ defence.
And former England manager Hoddle feels that the switch to a 3-4-3 formation has helped to bring out the best of Luiz this season.
Speaking on BT Sport’s Premier League Tonight show, Hoddle said: “Going with a back three has helped Luiz.
“His problem was his defending [but] he’s been brilliant this year because he’s had two centre-backs either side of him. He doesn’t get stretched or have to go into the corners.
“Plus, from that position he can actually pick a pass and be a playmaker.”
Luiz will be hoping to feature for Chelsea when the Blues take on Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Monday night at Stamford Bridge.