Saturday 16 December 2017

Did he play well or not? People can't seem to agree on David Luiz's performance last night

David Luiz is back at Chelsea
David Luiz is back at Chelsea
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

David Luiz has become one of the most polarising players in football - with the two extremes becoming very evident last night in how the Brazilian's performance was rated.

The defender's second 'debut' for Chelsea saw Liverpool come away from Stamford Bridge with a 2-1 win, and afterwards, the Sky pundits were pretty scathing in their assessment of his performance.

Add to that, Gary Neville's pre-match remarks where he described Chelsea re-signing Luiz as akin to the former Man United defender ending up with Miss World.

Generally, pundits don't hold the all-action defender in much esteem.

In contrast, the statistics painted an altogether more encouraging picture of Luiz's display.

According to Sky, he ranked first in passes (72), first in touches (94), first in shots (3), first in clearances (1), first in gained possession (8) and third in tackles (2).

What that tells you is that Luiz was hungry for work, and equally adept at launching attacks as he was in breaking them up.

Either the numbers are lying to us or some poor performances in the past have caused pundits to permanently discount Luiz's qualities - unlike many viewers, who pointed to the stats as evidence of a decent display.

Although he doesn't fit the mould of previous centre backs deployed by Antonio Conte, it will be interesting to see how the Brazilian fares this season, and whether or not pundits change their mind about the ex-PSG defender.

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