Luiz defended like an eight-year-old who hasn't been coached, says Glenn Hoddle



David Luiz should not play in central defence again after his horror show in PSG's 3-1 defeat against Barcelona, according to former England boss Glenn Hoddle.

The ex-Chelsea defender came off the bench in Wednesday night's Champions League quarter-final first leg and was nutmegged twice by Luis Suarez in the build-up to the Uruguayan's two goals.

Luiz suffered a hamstring injury 10 days ago but Hoddle, who insists that the Brazilian has always been a defensive liability, believes he still showed his naivety even if he wasn't fully fit.

Asked about Luiz's defending for Barcelona's third goal, the Sky Sports pundit said: 'Even if you're not 100 per cent fit you can't show that lack of intent.

'He's the last man on the pitch when Suarez picks the ball up and starts running at him. He realises he's the last man and the very last thing (you should do) when you're last man is jump in. You bide time for your team to get around you.

'He does what an eight year old who hasn't been coached does. He tries to win it by putting both of his feet together but when he does that he can't move anywhere. Suarez nutmegs him again.'


Some of Luiz's best performances for PSG - and former club Chelsea - came when he was deployed in a central midfield role with less defensive responsibility, something Hoddle believes manager Laurent Blanc should consider from now on.

He added: 'For me he's a liability at the back. He always has been. You have to find a place (for him) in midfield or even at right back.

'He's a footballer who likes to play in the playground when there's no shape to the game. He's a talent but that's not what top football is about.'

However Hoddle's fellow pundit, former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, was quick to point the blame in the direction of Blanc, who chose to introduce the 25-year-old after an injury to Thiago Silva.

Henry said: 'If David Luiz wasn't fit enough to start the game, why does he come on as a sub after 21 minutes?

'From a coaching point of view, why would you put him in? If he's not fit enough to start, why do you put him in?'

Sportsmail columnist Jamie Redknapp, who was also in the Sky Sports studio, showed some sympathy for Luiz but pointed towards the sheer number of high-profile errors made by the former Benfica man in recent seasons.

Responding to Henry, Redknapp said: 'I do agree with you but I've seen him do that every single week in the Premier League.

'That's one of the reasons Chelsea were quick to get rid of him. Defensively, at times, he's a liability.'

Source: Daily Mail


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