THIS CHELSEA PLAYER HAS BEEN UNRECOGNISABLE UNDER ANTONIO CONTE

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Many questioned Chelsea’s decision to re-sign Brazilian international David Luiz from PSG last summer but his performances for Chelsea this season has shown Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was right to believe in him.

Pundit Garth Crooks believes Luiz has been unrecognisable under Conte.

“What a wonderful ball from David Luiz to Victor Moses. It resulted in Diego Costa’s superb turn and Chelsea’s fortuitous opening goal. I’m not in the least bit surprised by Luiz’s ability to knock a 40-yard pass. This is a defender with so much ability he can do that and much more,” Crooks wrote in BBC Sport about Luiz’s pass to Victor Moses in the buildup of Chelsea’s first goal.

“However, as the season draws to a close and Chelsea put a date in the diary for a trip to the Premier League engravers, I would like to commend manager Antonio Conte and technical director Michael Emenalo for having the foresight and courage to bring Luiz back to Stamford Bridge.

“The Brazil international is unrecognisable from the irrational player we saw during his first period at the club.

“Since his return, he has played some glorious football and been a unifying figure in a new era at the Bridge.

“If Chelsea are serious about winning the Champions League next season they must do whatever it takes to keep Luiz.

“There aren’t many great centre-backs out there, and those who do exist are with the biggest clubs in Europe.

“With a couple of strong additions to their squad, Chelsea could be serious Champions League candidates.”

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