David Luiz believes the unpredictable nature of the Barclays Premier League will help ensure we approach today’s game against Norwich City in the right manner.
The Blues, looking to secure a first away league win of the season, travel to Carrow Road to take on Chris Hughton’s side at lunchtime, approaching the game in a positive frame of mind following the 4-0 midweek win against Steaua Bucharest.
It’s been an unusual start to the new season, with all of the teams expected to be challenging for the title experiencing defeat at least once already, something the Brazilian defender views as a positive.
‘This match is so important for us,’ he said. ‘We know that it is always an intense game, they play long balls all the time in the air, like a Premier League team, but also we need to win because we want to be at the top of the table.
‘It’s not crazy, it’s normal. I think that’s why it’s the best league in the world, because everyone can beat everyone, so that’s why it’s magic.
‘Other teams can lose, I don’t want Chelsea to lose, so I don’t care if Manchester United or Manchester City have lost, I just want to win.’
Tuesday’s Champions League win was undoubtedly our most convincing performance of the season thus far, and the Brazilian acknowledged its significance.
‘It was good for us, the Basel defeat was at home so we needed to win away and it was a great game for us,’ he explained. ‘It was a difficult win. Last season we played there and lost so it was good for us because we now have the confidence again in the Champions League in terms of qualification.’
Looking ahead to the impending international break David Luiz, along with Oscar and Ramires, will head off to represent their home nation in friendly matches against Korea Republic and Zambia.
With Brazil hosting next summer’s World Cup they qualify automatically, and while he admits Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side have plenty to work on ahead of the competition, he hopes they will be joined there by the country where he now resides.
‘We need to work well, we need to improve our quality to arrive at the World Cup in the best form,’ he said.
‘I think England will be there because they are a great team and deserve to play in Brazil.
‘I just want England to be there because I like this country, this country has given me a lot of good things, so thank you for everything. I hope England will be there but that Brazil win.’
He went on to pay tribute to the Premier League as a whole, and believes his own national team could benefit from incorporating elements of our game into their style of play.
‘For a long time Brazilian fans have loved the Premier League; ten years ago they started to know everyone here,’ he explained. ‘Now you have three Brazilian players here with the quality to play in the national team and another one can as well, Willian, he has played one time in the national team with me, so I hope so one day he will be there with us.
‘Brazilians love the Premier League. I think in the past Brazil have a lot of tactical players so we can now take the style of English football sometimes and put it in the Brazilian team.’