Andre Villas-Boas has reacted angrily to Sky pundit Gary Neville’s remarks about Chelsea defender David Luiz, calling the former Manchester United full-back “ridiculous”.
Neville was dismissive of the Brazilian international’s gung-ho brand of defending, saying it made him look as though he was “being controlled by a 10-year-old playing on his Playstation” while working as a pundit for Sky Sports during Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat against Liverpool on Sunday.
Speaking after the game, Villas-Boas insisted that although he held Neville in high regard, he thought his comments were “stupid”.
“It is his opinion, but it is a stupid approach to an opinion.” The former Porto boss said.
“I respect Gary Neville but that is just ridiculous."
Luiz joined Chelsea in January in a €24.5 million switch from Benfica, but during his time in the Barclays Premier League has earned himself a reputation for erratic defending, and was at fault for giving away the penalty that handed local rivals QPR the lead in their shock 1-0 victory over the Blues.
Luiz has at least demonstrated his talents going forward and has found the net three times in his 21 appearances, only two less than striker Fernando Torres who also signed in the January transfer window.