Villas-Boas hits back at Neville

Published: Dec 11, 2011, 05:40 IST | AFP

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has launched an astonishing attack on Gary Neville after the former Manchester United star criticised his team's defending.

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has launched an astonishing attack on Gary Neville after the former Manchester United star criticised his team's defending.


Andre Villas-Boas

Neville has repeatedly highlighted flaws in Chelsea's back-four in his role as a television pundit and newspaper columnist and Villas-Boas snapped when asked about the ex-England star's forthright views.


Gary Neville

Villas-Boas was particularly frustrated that Neville had described Chelsea centre-back David Luiz as playing "like he was controlled by a 10-year-old on Playstation".

"He is one of the best central defenders in the world, a player of tremendous aspirations and talent," Villas-Boas said. "You cannot say he is being controlled by a kid in the stands. That's ridiculous. He plays for the country (Brazil) with the most world titles. So be careful what you are saying.

"When he (Neville) takes this ridiculous route I have to defend. And I'd say it to his face with much pleasure."

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