Stamford Bridge manager not a fan of former Old Trafford full-back.
Andre Villas-Boas has launched a scathing attack on Gary Neville’s “ridiculous” criticisms of Chelsea.
The former Manchester United player said Blues defender David Luiz played like a man being controlled by a 10-year-old using a PlayStation.
“I’d say this to his face with most pleasure, You can’t speculate and invent things that are going on. Some people can have more or less an idea. But not him. He cannot know.”
Villas-Boas added: “You cannot approach a top Brazil central defender saying he’s commanded by a kid with a PlayStation. That’s ridiculous. He plays for the team with most [world] titles, so be careful with what you’re saying.”
He also said before Chelsea’s Champions League win over Valencia on Tuesday that he would not want to be in the Blues’ dressing room, comments heard by Villas-Boas.
The Portuguese said: “What does he know about the Chelsea dressing room? What does Gary Neville know about our dressing room? How can you imagine what is going on in the Chelsea dressing room? How can you know?
“Have you been here? Do you know where Cobham [Chelsea’s training ground] is? You don’t even know how to get here.
“I’m normally indifferent, not watching on the telly to see what these people say. But I was watching the television at that moment and I was gobsmacked.”
“Most of these people we are speaking about have a direct past related to single clubs, which are their favourite clubs, which in the end brings a likely biased position in their opinion-making. Comic criticism from top ex-professional players when they take the route to the ridiculous, I think I have a word to say.
“When they opt for words as we’ve been seeing, in the past, I have to be aggressive.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Whilst it’s true that Gary Neville may be a fairly unsubtle critic, it is also true that the former Man United man is just doing his job and Andre Villas-Boas would do well to not rise to the bait. Managers, and indeed their players, will come under constant scrutiny when they are not at their best and if the Portuguese boss is going to respond to such goading and flak on every occasion it occurs then he will have press conferences that could last days.
In terms of Neville’s specific points on David Luiz, they may well have some merit. What the pundit appears to be suggesting is that the Brazilian defender is positionally unaware and all to often acts in an irresponsible manner that doesn’t fit well with a team ethic. I.e. running out and chasing attackers, being dragged out of position, committing needless fouls etc…
The Chelsea man clearly has the ability but does he have the intelligence and maturity to use it wisely?