Pat Nevin: What David Luiz is doing wrong at Chelsea
The Chelsea legend accuses David Luiz of trying to play like Italian legend Andrea Pirlo
Pat Nevin believes David Luiz has seen his form dip at Chelsea this season and needs to rediscover his “zip” to get back in Antonio Conte’s team.
The Brazilian defender was controversially omitted from Conte’s starting XI for the visit of Manchester United in their crunch Premier League clash last weekend.
Luiz was part of a Chelsea defence that had conceded 13 times in six games in all competitions following disappointing results against Manchester City, Crystal Palace and AS Roma.
Denmark international Andreas Christensen started alongside Cesar Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill as Alvaro Morata scored a 55th-minute winner to secure Chelsea’s 1-0 win against Manchester United.
The 21-year-old Danish defender kept Romelu Lukaku quiet as Chelsea kept a rare clean sheet despite Luiz’s absence.
Former Chelsea winger Nevin believes Luiz needs to stop trying to be Italian legend Andrea Pirlo and lose the sluggishness that has infected his performances.
“He has been playing a bit slow recently,” Nevin told Newstalk.
“He thinks he’s Pirlo. He is pinging balls 60 or 70 yards. Chelsea need to zip it around and move it quickly. Kante comes back. Luiz is out.
“It was zipped around. It was moved quick. I hope Luiz was sat in the stands and realised that. It could help Luiz. He will come back in but it might not be right away.”
Luiz sealed a return to Chelsea in a £32m deal from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain in the 2016 summer transfer window.
Chelsea won the Premier League title with two games to spare last term to get their hands on the top-flight crown for the second time in three seasons.