Luiz to replace Terry against Reds
CHELSEA manager Antonio Conte has confirmed David Luiz will make his second debut for the club against Liverpool in the Premier League tomorrow.
Luiz, who returned to the west London club from Paris Saint-Germain in a surprise £32 million move on transfer deadline day, will replace injured Blues captain John Terry at Stamford Bridge.
The Brazilian defender’s first spell at Chelsea became known for his habit of making high-profile mistakes.
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville memorably said Luiz looked like he was “being controlled by a 10-year-old in the crowd on a Playstation” after one especially error-strewn display and the 29-year-old was unable to shed that reputation during his time in France.
But Conte, who has vowed to work on Luiz’s weaknesses, said yesterday: “David Luiz will play for the first time with us and we are confident about this.
“We expect him to play very well, with great attention. We know David is a good player and we are working to put him in the best condition to give us the best of him.
“When new players arrive they need time to adapt to a new concept of football. Tomorrow we need to play David Luiz.”
Italian manager Contente added: “He has worked a lot on defensive situations.s. I’m confident for him. He’s a good player and duringng the training sessions I have been seeing good things.” gs.”
Meanwhile, Conte insistednsisted Cesc Fabregas was going nowhere followinging reports the Spain midfielder could leavee Chelsea during the next transfer window.
Fabregas has found himself reduced to a substitute role in the earlyarly weeks of former Italy manager Conte’s time at Stamford Bridge, leading to speculationculation regarding his Chelsea future.
But Conte said yesterday:erday: “Cesc is in my plans and in Chelsea’ssea’s plans. We all know Cesc is a fantasticc player.
“I see him in every trainingaining session with great seriousness and if he continuesontinues in this way it will be a very difficult choicece for me.
“I want this from my players, to put doubts in my mind. Cesc is a greateat player, we all know he’s a very technical player,layer, but also I’m starting to know him likeike a man.” s Chelsea, yet to lose this season, face a Liverpool i d e fresh from a 4-1 win over reigning Premier League champions Leicester City. “I’m expecting a very tough match against a strong team,” said Conte. “I think Liverpool is a really good team, they play with identity, they can bring many players on in an offensive situation and we must pay great attention tomorrow.” — SuperSport.