Chelsea’s defensive prowess of late has been typified by David Luiz’s resurgence under their new formation, according to Jamie Redknapp.
The summer signing has impressed since re-joining the club, starring in Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 system.
The 29-year-old has been used in the middle of Chelsea’s new three-man defence, with Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta either side of him, and the trio have kept four consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League since the 3-0 defeat to Arsenal.
“There is a hunger about this Chelsea team,” said Redknapp. “The manager has brought that in and the players are buying into it.
“Every single player on that pitch is working hard and there’s desire about them again. Conte has got them so well drilled. Everybody knows their job when they have the ball and it suits them defensively as well.
“Luiz looks – I’m scared to say it – like a serious defender. You’ve got him buying into it as well, and that was a problem for Chelsea for many years. But when he’s like that, he looks the real deal.”