David Luiz believes experience and maturity helped see us through against FC Nordsjaelland on Tuesday evening.
After taking a first-half lead through Juan Mata we soaked up long periods of Danish pressure before the Brazilian defender’s rangy free-kick gave us a decisive second goal, with further strikes from Mata and Ramires adding the gloss to an important result.
The 25-year-old formed a solid partnership in the centre of defence alongside Gary Cahill, with John Terry rested, and he praised the side’s patient display in a tricky game.
‘We played a mature game. The other team had a great philosophy and have a great coach, with a great future,’ he said. ‘But we were mature, against a new team we don’t know very well, and we needed to wait and wait, and we did. After the game it’s 4-0 and a clean sheet, so we’re very happy.
‘I’m excited with this team. We are top of the Premier League, top of the group in the Champions League and everyone is very happy at the moment.’
David Luiz only recently committed himself to Chelsea for another five years, signing a new contract after our win against Stoke at Stamford Bridge last month. It was a sign that club and player are in tandem.
‘I’m so happy because it gives me more confidence to look to the future, to try and help Chelsea all the time,’ he said. ‘I love this club and playing for Chelsea, so five more years here is a dream for me.’
Since joining in January 2011, the former Benfica man has six goals in 61 Chelsea appearances.