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Sky Sports pundit lavishes praise on Chelsea’s David Luiz as he proves he can defend

Jamie Redknapp has been left impressed with the improvements he has seen from Chelsea star David Luiz from a defensive point of view so far this season.

The Brazilian international returned to Stamford Bridge ahead of the summer transfer window, with his critics pointing out that his long-standing defensive vulnerabilities made him a questionable signing from Antonio Conte.

That assessment seemed to gather pace early on in his second spell at the club, but since a 3-0 loss to Arsenal, Chelsea have won four Premier League games in a row and kept four consecutive clean sheets.

Luiz has been a major part of that as Conte has switched to a 3-4-3 system with the former PSG star at the heart of his defence, and Redknapp has been impressed with what he has seen from him.

“Luiz looks – I’m scared to say it – like a serious defender,” he told Sky Sports. “You’ve got him buying into it as well, and that was a problem for Chelsea for many years. But when he’s like that, he looks the real deal.

“Every single player on that pitch is working hard and there’s a desire about them again. Conte has got them so well drilled. Everybody knows their job when they have the ball and it suits them defensively as well.”

The 29-year-old has now started the last eight games for Chelsea, keeping out defensive stalwart John Terry who returned to the bench for the 2-0 win over Southampton on Sunday.

Luiz’s form has certainly contributed to Chelsea’s improvement, with Conte’s men now sitting in fourth place in the Premier League table and just a point adrift of joint leaders Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.

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