Drogba; "Luiz Has Helped Bring Chelsea Spirit Back"

Conte's side travel to Old Trafford on Sunday to take on Manchester United. During the game you can see their commitment, and I think that's great. I heard a lot of these things.

The acquisition of Luiz on the final day of last summer's transfer window was interpreted by many as a panic buy, after Chelsea had been left frustrated in their attempts to secure a number of centre-back targets from Serie A, including Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and AC Milan's Alessio Romagnoli.

"I've spoken with him many times".

"I like, always, to tell him that it's very important to have the right concentration".

Eyebrows were raised when the Stamford Bridge outfit brought the Brazilian back to the club for a reported £34m last summer but, as quoted by the club's official site, Conte insisted: "When we chose to buy him we were sure we were taking a really good player to work with and put as one of the best defenders in Europe".

"Until now it's a good season, I hope it will become a great season". He's performing very well. I don't want to lose.

Luiz clearly matured and improved in Paris and for many, they were surprised he didn't make the PFA Players' Player of the Year award shortlist this season.

"He has good technique, he's strong, can start our possession and has the personality to do this".

'He also has two really good defenders at his side, in Gary and Azpi, or Kurt Zouma, Nathan Ake or John Terry'. This position is fantastic for him. "For us, it's very important for us to keep the right concentration until the end".

"Of course, [Chelsea] are much better prepared for the game than us", Mourinho added. For this reason, Paolo Maldini never won the player of the year award, the best player in the world award.

Conte similarly praised Marcos Alonso's evolution, especially since he was another signing questioned, and who wasn't initially picked at the start of the season. "For this reason. The defenders are a bit penalised".

When quizzed how far away the United were from being the best team in the country, the 54-year-old said, "Far. because the best team, in the Premier League, is the team with more points". N'Golo is improving a lot, not only to win and recover the ball, but also we are working to improve the last pass.

  • Salvatore Jensen