It’s been a cracking season for Chelsea and manager Antonio Conte in the Premier League and their supporters lining the bar here in the pub are an extremely optimistic bunch indeed right now.
The Blues cantered to the Premier League title under the Italian last season and thanks to a canny three at the back defence and some fantastic individual performances, Chelsea made light work of securing the title and bringing it back to Stamford Bridge.
But there are improvements to me made at the club over the summer months if the dominance is to continue and there’s thought amongst the Blues fans here in the bar that a couple of decent signings would really enhance the squad moving forward.
One man that really stood out as Conte brought his new-look style of football to West London was defender David Luiz, who raised a few eyebrows when he was brought back to the club by the Italian.
On the whole, man people were impressed by his improved performances but one man that doesn’t seem to agree is Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, who has launched a scathing attacking on his defensive capabilities after the FA Cup final.
“I think Conte needs to bring in another defender,” Merson told Sky Sports, as reported in the Evening Standard.
“I know everybody goes on about how good David Luiz has been but he got found out again in the FA Cup final.
“They looked tired in the cup final so they definitely need some more numbers in there to be able to balance Champions League and defending the Premier League title, especially with everybody out to beat the champions,” he added.
Defenders are always going to be at the forefront of criticism because of their placing in the side but apart from a couple of performances, it’s safe to say Luiz has been a lot better this time around.
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