David Luiz insists there is always pressure when playing for a massive club like Chelsea, saying this is the norm rather than the exception.
The Blues have maintained a 100% record four games into the new season with Luiz featuring impressively at the heart of the Blues defence, keeping two clean sheets in the process. A staple in the backline over his two spells at Stamford Bridge, the 31-year-old has won the Champions League, Europa League, the Premier League and the FA Cup and the Brazilian explains the type of mentality needed to succeed at the West London club.
“I never went onto the pitch in a Chelsea shirt thinking, ‘We’re going to lose today,'” said the centreback. “The feeling is always that we will win, and this is a great feeling, because I’ve been playing football for many, many years and if you feel that way every day, it means you’re in the right place.”
The new campaign sees Maurizio Sarri’s side competing on four fronts and Luiz asserts that the pressure put on him and his teammates’ shoulders to grab silverware this season is something they should be able to cope with. “Chelsea’s a big club with the opportunity to fight every year for titles and there is also pressure to get results quickly,” continued David Luiz. “But it’s a good pressure, and I think if you don’t feel this pressure you stop being the type of player to play for Chelsea.
The West London club is not in the Champions League this season yet the former Paris Saint-Germain ace looked back on their triumph against Bayern Munich in 2012 at the Allianz Arena as proof of dealing with a lot of pressure to ultimately succeed.
“Look at the Champions League in 2012. In one moment of the season, everybody was saying it was the worst for Chelsea in the last 10 years. But every single match we went out on the pitch to win, hoping to win, and in the end we won the Champions League, so it was the best year. So we changed our worst year for a long time into the best year in the history of this club. This is amazing.”