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Nov 21, 2011

Villas-Boas defends Luiz after defeat

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has hit back at Gary Neville's "ridiculous" criticism after the former Manchester United fullback said David Luiz looked like he was being controlled by a ten-year-old on a Playstation during the Blues' 2-1 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

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Centre-back Luiz was part of a Chelsea defence that failed to deal with Liverpool goalscorers Maxi Rodriguez and Glen Johnson at Stamford Bridge and have now conceded 11 goals at home this season - only Premier League strugglers Bolton and Blackburn have shipped more.

Chelsea's leaky defence has been much criticised following four defeats in 12 games this term and Brazilian defender Luiz, a £21 million signing from Benfica, has bore the brunt.

Following Sunday's home defeat, Neville, now a Sky Sports pundit, said Luiz's gung-ho, all-action style left him out of position and made it look like the former Vitoria defender was being "controlled by a ten-year-old in the crowd on a Playstation."

But in his post-match comments Villas-Boas, whose position as a manger has come under close scrutiny in the press, jumped to the defence of his much-maligned defender and rounded on Neville.

"Gary Neville was a fantastic defender but it is a stupid approach to an opinion," the Chelsea manager said. "If that's the way he wants to take the game that is ridiculous."

Villas-Boas went on to insist that he thinks his job is safe despite Chelsea's worst start to a season under Roman Abramovich.

"The owner didn't pay €15 million to get me out of Porto just to pay me another fortune to get me out," he said.

"It's not a question of the owner having patience. We are committed to what we are creating for the future. We have enough talent to compete in all competitions and that is our perspective at the moment.

"The situation in the League is not good, it's not the brightest start for Chelsea but we believe we can still turn it around. It doesn't look good being 12 points behind such a strong leader as Manchester City but the December fixtures give us hope."

Chelsea's next Premier League match is at home to Wolves.

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