Luiz to re­place Terry against Reds

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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.

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