Chelsea defender David Luiz has come under fire after his dismal display in Chelsea’s loss at Tottenham on Saturday.
Luiz was directly involved in all of Tottenham’s goals: needlessly giving away a soft free-kick which Tottenham subsequently opened the scoring from before moving out of the way of Harry Kane’s strike and allowing Son Heung-Min to cut inside to score Tottenham’s third.
Former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder Steve McManaman was shocked at Luiz’s defending against Tottenham.
“David Luiz cannot defend today, he’s gone back to his old days” McManaman told BT Sport. “This challenge on Son, I’m sorry, no urgency yet again, that is awful. I don’t even think it goes through his legs, it just goes to the side.”
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was also disappointed with Luiz’s defending against Tottenham.
“David Luiz on the ball is fantastic, he has personality, he wants to play and deliver the ball into dangerous areas for his team and he can play those balls but especially places like here before you think about with the ball you have to get your house in order defensively,” Ferdinand said.
“I think at the moment, Rudiger is a young centre half who is improving all the time and as a young centre half you need someone alongside you where you know where they are going to be.
“Sometimes David Luiz plays a bit like maverick, like he’s playing on his own, he plays his own game at times and that leaves other people exposed at the back four and I think that’s the problem at the moment in the last couple of games and it’s having an affect on the likes of Rudiger who is a promising young centre half.”