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Chelsea boss Conte says David Luiz “one of the best defenders in Europe”

Date Posted,April 15, 2017

Antonio Conte has hailed the thorns in Jose Mourinho’s side who have blossomed into his roses.

David Luiz was offloaded to Paris Saint-Germain after the Portuguese ran out of patience with the lack of defensive discipline which characterised the Brazilian’s first spell at the club.

And, while there was never any question that Eden Hazard would be sold, the Belgian midfielder clashed several times with his old boss about his defensive work and was one of the players accused of getting Mourinho the sack last season.

On Sunday afternoon afternoon Luiz, Hazard and Mourinho meet again at Old Trafford and Conte wants more big performances as the Blues aim to take another step towards the title.

Conte, who re-signed Luiz from PSG last summer, said: “When David arrived in England, I heard a lot of bad things about him. Why was he coming back to Chelsea because, in the past, he had performed badly and was not a defender?

Luiz’s reputation has sky rocketed since returning to Chelsea (Photo: Darren Walsh)
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