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The Chelsea players gave more than hundred percent to beat Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.

City were favourites heading into the game and were yet to lose in the Premier League this season, but Chelsea who had lost two games in the last three league matches defied the odds to beat City 2-0.

David Luiz is one player that has faced the wrath of critics since the defeat to Tottenham at the Wembley Stadium last week, but the Chelsea defender gave a five star performance at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and was one of the best players in that game.

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has now hailed the Brazilian who overcame his critics and put on a good showing at the Bridge.

“The team, marshalled by David, defended heroically, particularly in the first half under severe pressure and then quickly became the better team after N’Golo’s goal,” Nevin wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website.

“A 70-yard cross-field ball that led to that goal was surely the icing on the cake regarding David? In all honesty, how many players in the Premier League can see that pass and can then deliver that pass? In my opinion, it is his critics who seem to have the blind spot on these and other occasions.

“It wasn’t of course the icing on the cake. That came with the fabulous headed goal for 2-0 which sent Stamford Bridge wild.

“What is it with David Luiz and his detractors? Other defenders make mistakes but they aren’t routinely dismissed and ridiculed in the media, and specifically on TV and radio, by former players who are now pundits.

“I do that job too, so I sometimes ask those guys what their problem is and they truly believe they are just being honest. I suspect there are a few reasons why they are unfair on our Brazilian centre-back.

“First of all is the fact that he is a ‘Brazilian’ centre-back! He is not an old-school British stopper who is only concerned with defending, tackling, marking and violently going through the back of a few soft strikers and claiming it is just a ‘reducer’. He in fact is a real footballer, a talented one at that.

“There is also the fact that some fans and pundits nailed their colours to the mast early and laughed from that vantage point when there was a feeding frenzy on David Luiz and they aren’t brave enough to climb down and admit his qualities when they subsequently show through.

“Apart from a missed tackle on Juan Mata and the Spurs game, David has had a brilliant season, he still has the seventh most passes of any player in the entire league to date.

“My thoughts are that when David Luiz finally leaves Chelsea, not only will we but also the rest of the league will miss him and you can’t say that about too many players.”

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