Chelsea defender David Luiz: I am very hungry to win titles
Chelsea defender David Luiz is hungry to win more titles at Stamford Bridge and would love to lift to Uefa Europa League this season.
Luiz, 25, has grown as a real leader on the pitch for Chelsea this season and, ahead of the Blues clash with Sparta Prague, he they will be taking the Europa League very seriously.
“You need to be a champion every day, not just in one final,” he told the London Evening Standard.
“Some people say last season you won the Champions League and now you only have this one.
“But last week I ate chicken and the next I day I had pizza. It’s different food but still tastes good.
“I am very hungry to win titles and to give people many more good feelings and great moments. For sure, if we win the Europa League this year, we will have the same celebrations as we had last year.”
“It’s important we take Sparta seriously from the start. If anyone doesn’t want to play this game, then they should stay at home.”
As Chelsea look to usher in an new core to their squad as John Terry and Frank Lampard come towards the end of their career, Luiz believes he has grown as a person and is ready to take a leading role.
“This is my personality. Other players can be leaders on the pitch but not all players can understand another player, so I try to.
“You need to understand the heart of another player. I try to read other people, to figure out how I can joke with this guy, how I can help him or touch his heart.
“It makes me a leader but I have always been like this. I was captain of Benfica at 21 and they are a big club. I don’t do things just to look a good guy, I do it because I feel it. I am not fake. It’s coming from inside me.”
“I have grown stronger. Now I am more mature. I know more about football in the Premier League, I know more about another country.
“I have developed a lot of things and this has made me strong.”
Source: London Evening Standard