Fulham 0 Chelsea 3: Benítez hails Luiz after Brazilian’s wonder-goal
Fulham 0 Chelsea 3: Rafael Benítez reserves praise for David Luiz after defender's stunning opener sets Blues on their way to win
Rafael Benítez reserved special praise for David Luiz after the defender’s stunning opener set Chelsea on their way to victory at Fulham.
The Brazilian fired the Blues into the lead at Craven Cottage with a wonderful 35-yard shot on the half-hour mark which left Mark Schwarzer with no chance.
John Terry then scored a header either side of half-time to help Chelsea move up above Arsenal and into third place in the Premier League table.
Benítez said: “I’ve seen him [Luiz] scoring those kind of goals in training sessions, he has that ability and is a very good player. Hopefully he can do one or two more before the end of the season.”
Chelsea remain on course for a top-four finish but still face tricky tests against Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham and Everton in the run-in.
And the Spaniard warned his team that the fight for Champions League qualification will go right down to the wire.
He added: “They are difficult matches but we have quality. If you ask them [our opponents] they will say it’s a difficult match because they are playing against Chelsea.
“We must have confidence and belief and hopefully we can stay up there. The race for the top four will be until the end of the season.
“If we continue winning and they [Tottenham, Arsenal and Everton] keep on winning, those games against Tottenham and Everton will be even more important.”
Chelsea travel to Liverpool in their next Premier League match on Sunday.