Gary Neville explains the secret behind David Luiz's incredible current form

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All in all, after a mixed start, David Luiz has been excellent since making a shock deadline day return to Chelsea after two years with French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

In recent weeks, the Brazil international has taken less risks on the ball, produced some dominant displays and coolly anchored Antonio Conte's three-man defence.

Chelsea are yet to concede since the Italian implemented his preferred system and, along with forwards Eden Hazard and Diego Costa, Luiz has been a key performer - and now Gary Neville has had his say on the 29-year-old's performances.


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In his first spell at Stamford Bridge, Neville famously described the centre-back's defending and positioning as if he was being controlled by a 10-year-old playing a football video game on a PlayStation, but the Manchester United legend has now praised the Brazilian.

Neville on Luiz

The Sky Sports pundit told the Metro, via Goal: "The three at the back suits David Luiz perfectly. He doesn't suit playing in a back four. But I think playing in a three, particularly with N'Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic playing in front of him, he seems to be making good decisions.

"He seems to be selecting when to play out from the back and when to get rid of it. He seems to be more mature. I think, also, Conte is a very good, well-drilled defensive coach. So ultimately, at the moment, I think it looks very good."

The 41-year-old former right-back reiterated:  "I think having Kante and Matic in front of him and having the two players either side is giving him a good platform to show his best."

During Chelsea's surge up the Premier League table into second place, Luiz has taken over from captain John Terry as the leader of the Blues' defence and he's formed a good understanding with England international Gary Cahill and versatile Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta.

Neville's partner in crime, Jamie Carragher, suggested last month that Luiz could go on to be one of the best central defenders in world football if he keeps up his current form and style of play.

Whilst neither of the two ex-players will probably ever be Luiz's biggest fan, there is no doubt that Neville's latest comments indicate that the former PSG star has massively improved his game and is now on the right track.

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