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AVB: Luiz an 'amazing talent'

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David Luiz made an instant impact on his return to Chelsea action last week, and Andre Villas-Boas is far from surprised.

The 24-year-old had been sidelined with an injury sustained during this summer's Copa America, but quickly settled back into the Chelsea side during his first appearance of the season.

Luiz opened the scoring against Bayer Leverkusen and Stamford Bridge last Tuesday and, while his attacking instincts are far from in doubt, questions have been raised over his defensive abilities.

The Brazilian defender was the subject of criticism after Chelsea - under the stewardship of Carlo Ancelotti - lost against Manchester United in last season's title decider.

However, Luiz's new boss finds it baffling that the centre-back's attributes have ever been doubted.

"David Luiz is an amazing talent. I am amazed that people can say that David Luiz has defensive fragilities based on one example," said Villas-Boas.


 

"It is something that blows out my mind completely. He is a super talent, 24, a Brazil international [with] technical ability as you saw the other day in the game."

Luiz, though, was not required by the Blues during their latest visit to Old Trafford as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat on Sunday after another thrilling encounter.

Villas-Boas opted to start with John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic in the centre of defence and, at times, both struggled to cope during a breathless first half.

However, after the break, Chelsea found themselves very much back in the game after Fernando Torres reduced the deficit. But the Spaniard then spurned a glorious chance to bring the west Londoners to within on goal of their rivals.

But, says Villas-Boas, it would be unfair to criticise his £50 million man for that horror miss.

"You have an example of Rooney missing a penalty too, which is basically the same," he reflected after the match.

"The worst things happen to the best strikers in the world and today it happened to both of them."

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