Neville once infamously described Luiz’s defending as though he was being controlled by a 10-year-old on a PlayStation, but the Brazil centre-back returned to Antonio Conte’s Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain last summer with a vengeance.
And even Neville, who’s firm-but-fair approach to punditry has made him a favourite among Premier League fans, acknowledged Luiz’s improvement last season, insisting he was “perfect” for Conte’s system. Luiz even taught the Sky Sports pundit a thing or two about free-kicks just before the current season began:
But just after the pair appear to have started to get along, Luiz seems to have been getting on Neville’s nerves again over the weekend.
Neville sounded irritated and borderline angry with the maverick defender during Chelsea’s 2-1 win over bitter rivals Tottenham.
In the second half of the game at Wembley, Luiz appeared on our screens smiling and laughing while waiting for a corner to come in. “Stop laughing,” Neville said, irritably, while Luiz giggled away.
But in a team Conte had cobbled together thanks to injuries and suspensions, Luiz looked rock-solid in Chelsea’s midfield, and played a crucial role in winning the ball back for Marcos Alonso’s late winner.
We weren’t the only ones to pick up on Neville’s tetchy response to some of Luiz’s actions on the pitch though…
Maybe we’re reading into it too much, but Neville does seem to get disproportionately annoyed when Luiz makes a poor judgement in relation to most other players.