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Luiz relishing Europa challenge

by Michelle Fortune , 06 December 2012

David Luiz is looking forward to challenging for the Europa League and is not worried at the prospect of having to play on Thursdays and Sundays.


Chelsea will have to make do with the Europa League after failing to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League but Luiz is relishing the opportunity to add another competition to his tally of victories.

"The Europa League is glamorous for me because I don't have this title, so I want to win it. I look now to that, and want to win it," Luiz said.

"Playing Thursdays and Sundays is OK. I prefer playing games than training, so if you had games every day I'd prefer it. Of course, sometimes we might be a little tired, but you have to rest when you have time, eat well and so, in the games, you can run for 90 minutes at the right level."

Chelsea lifted the Champions League in May but a poor campaign saw them become the first defending champions to exit the competition at the group stage.

Luiz accepts that the team must live with their failure and believes the home match against Juventus was a pivotal night for the Blues.

"Big clubs should be playing in big games. We won the Champions League last season. This time we are out of the group, and it is a little bit sad," Luiz said.

"It's not a shock - we are fighting with big clubs, and the Champions League is not a small competition. The key game was at home to Juventus. We were 2-0 up and conceded two goals. It was a bad game, and it killed us in the group.

"Chelsea need to play in the Champions League every year, and we have this in our heads."

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