I think he's fantastic! Villas-Boas defends under-fire Luiz in wake of Hansen's blast
Andre Villas-Boas' war of words with Alan Hansen has continued following the BBC pundit's latest swipe at Chelsea's defence.
Hansen's criticism of the Blues reached a new level last week during his analysis of their 2-1 Barclays Premier League win at Wolves.
The former Liverpool captain claimed centre-half David Luiz 'wouldn't know what a good position is if it was staring him in the face', adding of right-back Jose Bosingwa: 'Bosingwa makes Luiz look like a world-beater at times. He is so bad it's embarrassing.'
Target: David Luiz has come in for fierce criticism from Alan Hansen
Villas-Boas has been unable to bite his tongue when it comes to Hansen's criticism since taking charge of Chelsea, launching a furious tirade against the 56-year-old last month.
His response to the Scot's latest jibes were more controlled but just as cutting.
'I really can't get myself involved with these people again,' Villas-Boas said.
'Alan doesn't have the privilege that I have, to work with these players every day.
'If everybody had perfect games, first media pundits would have no jobs because there would be no one to criticise.
'You'd have to find jobs in professional football, which is a little bit harder.'
Blast: Alan Hansen didn't hold back in his assessment of Chelsea's defence
Villas-Boas leapt to the defence of former Benfica star Luiz, who was initially a revelation when Chelsea made him the second-most expensive centre-back of all time last year but has been found wanting defensively this season.
'I think he's played fantastically since the start,' Villas-Boas said.
'You have to agree that there are misconceptions created from the start, since the player's arrival.
'Sometimes a player has to carry that stamp for the rest of his life. Just maybe, you got that impression with David.
'I saw him in Portugal, and now I can work with him. He's going to be one of the greatest central defenders in the world. Because of his characteristics: technical ability, anticipation and speed.
Defending his men: Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas hit back at Hansen
'There is a nature in a Premier League game that you have to adapt to – it's culturally different to other countries.
'That might be a massive shock, to come from Portugal to England, but you've seen people succeed doing that.'
Luiz will soon have a new defensive partner in the shape of Gary Cahill who travelled to London for a medical and is ready to sign.