Chelsea boss Benitez makes passionate Luiz defence

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez has defended David Luiz after his clash with Jake Reeves during last week's FA Cup win over Brentford.

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez has defended David Luiz after his clash with Jake Reeves during last week's FA Cup win over Brentford.

Television pundit Ian Wright had labelled Luiz a “coward” for the challenge, which came with Chelsea already four goals up.

Benitez said: “I see hundreds of tackles in the league that are more dangerous than that one. I won’t say it wasn’t bad – it wasn’t the best – but a factor was the size of the other player.

“David Luiz is a great player and we have to be pleased he’s playing in the Premier League. It was bad luck.”

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