How Chelsea boss Antonio Conte can play new £34m transfer David Luiz

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The Brazil international defender David Luiz returned to Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain on transfer deadline day.

According to the BBC the eccentric defender cost the London based club £34 million, two years after the Blues of loaded him to PSG for £50 million.

The 29-year-old’s return to Chelsea have given manager Antonio Conte options and the Italian tactician will now consider how he will fit Luiz into his team. We take a look at three ways the Brazil international may fit into Conte’s plans.


The signing of Luiz may see Conte revert to his favoured 3-5-2 formation with the Brazil international part of a three-man defence. The Italian tactician had major success with this formation during his spell with Juventus and the Italy national team.


Conte may instead stick with Chelsea’s tried and tested 4-3-3 formation with Luiz playing as an anchor defensive midfielder. The former PSG man is known for his quality on the ball and taking him out the back-line where he has a tendency to make costly mistakes could be an advantage.


Chelsea were spotted using an unorthodox 4-2-4 formation during pre-season – a system Conte is yet to deploy in the Premier League – and Luiz could easily play as a central defender or as a defensive minded central midfielder.

Luiz provided three assists and scored three goals in 40 appearances in all competitions for PSG last season. The transfer was completed in the closing hours of transfer deadline day.

Chelsea take on Swansea City in their next Premier League fixture on September 11.

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