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Blues defender warns Brum and Napoli

Luiz determined to fight on

By | 29th February 2012

David Luiz has warned Chelsea’s FA Cup opponents Birmingham City and Champions League counterparts Napoli that the Blues are ready for redemption and any display reminiscent of Saturday’s 3-0 destruction of Bolton will see Chelsea through to the next round of both competitions.

Luiz has been the focus of heavy criticism from the media this season and after scoring the opening goal against the Trotters at Stamford Bridge, he was quick to remind his detractors that he will keep improving no matter what they say.

The defender has since followed up with a more relaxed reaction, insisting that the media is only doing their job in criticizing Chelsea’s setbacks this season and now, the Blues must do their job by fighting for silverware in the domestic cup as well as Europe’s most elite competition.

With a 1-1 draw against the Brum leading to a replay at the Midlands, and a 3-1 loss in Naples causing major anxiety about turning things around in West London, the pressure is on Chelsea and Luiz is prepared to fight.

“It was a great moment for the team, not just for me because I scored, but for the whole team and we deserved it,” Luiz explained in an interview at Chelsea’s official website as he began with a reflection on his brilliant goal this Saturday.

The Brazilian, whose national team won 2-1 against Bosnia in a friendly yesterday, added: “It’s difficult because we are a big team, and the big teams need to win, we have two matches that are like finals coming up, in the FA Cup and against Napoli, and I believe 100 percent that if we play like we did (against Bolton), we will win those games.”

Moving on to the topic of media’s criticism, the 24-year old added: “All teams have problems, when Chelsea are first and somebody else is seventh, then they get criticised. That is the job of the media, if there is nobody to criticise the media don’t have a job, but I believe in Andre [Villas-Boas] and I believe in all of the players.”

“This season is difficult, but it’s important to focus only on the present and not to worry about the past or the future,” he concluded.

On Saturday, the Blues will visit West Bromwich Albion with aspirations of earning all three points as they seek to maintain their push for next season’s Champions League qualification.

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