Belfast Telegraph

Luiz up for Chelsea fight

David Luiz has insisted Chelsea's players are ready to put their bodies on the line to guarantee a glorious finish to their season.

The Blues are facing a punishing schedule that has seen them play twice a week for the past month, something that will continue for at least another month. Luiz believes the only way to ensure a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League, as well as FA Cup and Champions League success, is for Chelsea's players to go through the pain barrier.

Luiz, who has featured in all 10 of caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo's games in charge, said: "Chelsea want to win all the competitions. I think we will put the best team against Tottenham, the best team against Barcelona. It's impossible to rest too much now. It's a short time between games because Chelsea compete in three competitions."

He added: "Other teams have more time as they are not in the competitions. It's normal.

"We have the opportunity to win the FA Cup and the Champions League. This is football at the top level and we are prepared for the games."

Luiz is close to winning over the critics that dogged him in his first year at Stamford Bridge.

Pundit and former Manchester United defender Gary Neville compared one of his performances earlier this season to someone being controlled by a 10-year-old using a PlayStation.

Brazil star Luiz, who cost the Blues £26million from Benfica in January last year, said: "For me, it's normal. Gary Neville didn't play for Chelsea. Gary Neville played for Manchester United, no?

"I know Gary Neville in the past was a very good player but he sometimes needs (to show) respect.

"One sentence, sometimes, is not good but I am so confident in my life, in my football, and I am very, very happy because God has given me health."


From Belfast Telegraph