As we prepare for the first of two London derbies in a week, David Luiz says we must make Stamford Bridge a daunting place for away sides to visit if we are to be successful this season.
We won our first two Barclays Premier League games against Hull City and Aston Villa last month, but were beaten in the Champions League by Basel on Wednesday, and the Brazilian wants to ensure we avoid a similar result against west London neighbours Fulham this evening.
‘Of course, all the big clubs in the world try to show that,’ said the 26-year-old. ‘We are a big club and we need to show Stamford Bridge is a hard home, that people need to respect it and be afraid of coming here because they are playing against a fantastic team with fantastic players.’
After four games without victory, the Brazilian is looking forward to our clash with Martin Jol’s side as we look to return to winning ways.
‘They’re a team I seem to have good moments and memories against, but we know it is a hard derby which will be so difficult for us and we need to win,’ David Luiz said.
‘Fulham have been an important team for me, playing against them was the first game I was in the starting 11, my 100th game for Chelsea last season was against them as well, and I scored my 10th goal for Chelsea in that game,’ he continued, referring to the 35-yarder that beat Mark Schwarzer, now a team-mate at the Bridge.
‘It was not so special a goal, there are others that mean more to me,’ he smiled when asked about that strike at Craven Cottage in April. ‘My first goal against Man United in 2011, the goal with the left foot against Basel last season, and the one in the last minute away against Basel, but I enjoyed it a lot because it’s not too many times that defenders can score.’
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