David Luiz: Good to be back
news Tue 12 Sep 2017
A new face and the return of an old friend are on David Luiz’s mind ahead of the start of our European campaign tonight.
It is 18 months since we last played in the Champions League, and more than twice that length of time since David Luiz last put on a Chelsea shirt in the competition he so memorably helped us win in 2012.
Now he is excited about not only the return of continental competition but also a busier schedule more generally. Tonight’s game is the second of seven we play in three weeks.
‘It’s a nice month,’ the Brazilian tells the official Chelsea website.
‘For me the best month is when you can play many, many fantastic games. One day you will finish playing so you have to enjoy getting these opportunities. You have to try your best, to give everything you have. In football I think for me the best games to play are the big games.
‘We had that in the Premier League last season but not in the Champions League. In Europe it’s always good. You play different cultures, different countries, it’s a very high level and there are many fantastic players and clubs.
‘It’s always special to be at Stamford Bridge and when you have a big European game it’s also special. We are looking forward to it.’
The 30-year-old says the response to our opening-day setback against Burnley has been ‘amazing’, and he wants to be able to continue that positive momentum tonight when Qarabag come to west London.
The famous anthem and the starry ball will be nothing new for David Luiz because of his long association with the competition from his time in the capitals of Portugal, England and France.
What will be different are many of the players he will now be lining up alongside in Europe, including a man that anyone that follows the Brazilian on social media will know he is already very friendly with: Tiemoue Bakayoko, himself a Champions League semi-finalist last season.
‘I know him from playing against him in the past, I knew some of his friends from before so that’s why we have a great relationship. We speak French together. It’s also good for me to keep learning and practising French!
‘He’s a great guy, a great person, great player. He’s a fantastic talent and for sure he’s going to give a lot of happiness to all the supporters of Chelsea.’