Glenn Hoddle has slammed the defensive display of ex-Chelsea star David Luiz during Barcelona’s 3-1 demolition of Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League, claiming even eight-year-olds could do a better job.
Luiz wasn’t deemed fit enough to start the game after suffering a hamstring ten days ago but was forced on when Thiago Silva limped off in the first half.
But the Brazilian might have wished he had simple skipped the match altogether after the roasting he received from the enigmatic Uruguayan.
Luiz was nutmegged twice by Suarez, the second leading to the Barcelona man’s delightful second and Barcelona’s third on the night but these were just the key highlights of a totally dominant attacking performance with Suarez making a fool out of the PSG defender all night long.
There were suggestions following the match that Luiz’s lack of fitness might have played some part in his dodgy display, but former England boss Glenn Hoddle was having none of it and said even if he wasn’t 100% he simply couldn’t show such a lack of basic defensive effort.
“Even if you’re not 100 per cent fit you can’t show that lack of intent,” he said on Sky Sports after the game according to the Daily Mail.
“He’s the last man on the pitch when Suarez picks the ball up and starts running at him. He realises he’s the last man and the very last thing (you should do) when you’re last man is jump in. You bide time for your team to get around you.
“He does what an eight year old who hasn’t been coached does. He tries to win it by putting both of his feet together but when he does that he can’t move anywhere. Suarez nutmegs him again.
“He’s a footballer who likes to play in the playground when there’s no shape to the game. He’s a talent but that’s not what top football is about.”