Balague responds to Mourinho's Luiz appraisal: He's an awful defender!

David Luiz

La Liga expert reacts to Chelsea manager's recent statement on Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil player David Luiz.

David Luiz appears to be the scapegoat for Brazil's inept World Cup semifinal performance against an unrelenting Germany machine who returned a historic 7-1 triumph over the Selecao, in front of their own fans.

Even though the centre back transferred from West London to Paris Saint-Germain in a high-profile and big-money move last month, Mourinho leaped to the defence of his former player.

While the world's media panned the Brazil international for failing to show leadership on the field and for his flaws throughout the 90 minutes, Mourinho said a: that there were others who were just as bad and b: there was not enough tactics and preparation as, instead, all they had was spirit.

Sky Sports columnist Guillem Balague begs to differ.

The Spain and La Liga expert said: "David Luiz is a great footballer with an excellent physique, hardworking attitude and he’s a brilliant trainer but, he’s an awful defender. He’s not to blame for everything that went on that semi-final because the his team left him exposed, but he was responsible for the first goal; the rest is Scolari’s fault."

Balague then compared Brazil's capitulation to Liverpool's first half surrendering to AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final. He said: "The manager should have known that his team weren’t reacting - they didn’t have the footballing weapons to do so. He should have made tactical movements to stop the rout continuing.

"Carlo Ancelotti made the same mistake against Liverpool. Ancelotti now says he should have made a substitution in that game as the Liverpool goals were coming in and that that’s a mistake that will never happen to him again but Scolari couldn’t believe what he was seeing and the players did not know what was best for them.

"It was a terrible combination," he concluded.

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