‘Conte has turned David Luiz into a serious defender’

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The much-maligned Brazilian returned to Chelsea over the summer and is now thriving in a three-man defence, with Jamie Redknapp adding to the growing chorus of admirers.

'Conte has turned David Luiz into a serious defender'

Antonio Conte has turned David Luiz into a “serious defender” at Chelsea, according to Jamie Redknapp.

Sunday’s 2-0 win over Southampton saw the Blues finish October without conceding a single goal, the only team in Europe’s top five leagues to achieve such a feat, following the Italian’s move to a favoured three-man defence.

Redknapp, who incurred the wrath of Twitter after describing Victor Moses as a “young English talent”, is impressed by the desire on show in the Chelsea squad and feels Luiz, long mocked himself, looks like the “real deal”.

“There is a hunger about this Chelsea team,” Redknapp said on Sky Sports.

“The manager has brought that in and the players are buying into it.

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“Every single player on that pitch is working hard and there’s a desire about them again. Conte has got them so well drilled. Everybody knows their job when they have the ball and it suits them defensively as well.

“Luiz looks – I’m scared to say it – like a serious defender. You’ve got him buying into it as well, and that was a problem for Chelsea for many years. But when he’s like that, he looks the real deal.”

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