Chelsea defender David Luiz has spoken of his excellent relationship with Stamford Bridge boss Antonio Conte and the way that the Italian coach has helped improve him as a player since returning to the west London club last summer.
Luiz's £30m move from Paris Saint-Germain came as a huge shock, while many believed the Brazilian not to have been Conte's primary choice. But the previously unpredictable centre-back has shown himself to be much more reliable second time around and was even honoured with a place in the PFA Team of the Year when it was announced last week.
The 30-year-old owes plenty of that to Conte and his exceptional management.
"He's a fantastic person before a fantastic manager, so we talk a lot, every day, because we have a great relationship," the cult favourite told Chelseafc.com.
"We (the players) try to give our best for our club and he tries to help me with his intelligence for football to improve my football so I am very happy to work with him."
With a Premier League title almost certainly on the way, Luiz was part of the side that beat Tottenham on Saturday to book a place in this season's FA Cup final and set up a potential domestic double - one that would be only the second in Chelsea's long history.
"It was a big game (against Spurs), we knew it would be tough against fantastic players, but we are very happy because we won. Now we think about the next challenge, against Southampton (in the Premier League)," Luiz said.
"The Premier League is a different competition, we know Spurs are a fantastic team and they won't be too down (for the title race) just because they lost one game, so it will be difficult until the end."
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