David Luiz ready for ‘strange game’ as Chelsea prepare for Benfica
Chelsea's David Luiz admits that it will be "strange" to face his former club Benfica in Wednesday's Europa League final
David Luiz admits that it will be “strange” to face his former club Benfica in Wednesday’s Europa League final – but is determined to lift the trophy with Chelsea.
The Blues take on the Portuguese side in Amsterdam looking to end a turbulent campaign on a positive note after failing to win any other silverware.
The 26-year-old defender joined Chelsea from Benfica in January 2011 after spending four years at the club.
And although the Brazilian concedes that it will be emotional facing his former employers, he insists we will “forget everything” as soon as the match is under way.
“It will be a strange game, a special day for me and my team-mates,” Luiz told Chelsea’s website.
“Both teams have quality, that’s why we are in the final. There is a lot of emotion, not just for me, for everyone, because it’s a European title.
“Mine is a nice emotion. I played for two big clubs who helped me a lot and let me show my football to the world. I came to Europe like many players in Brazil want to. It’s a good emotion but when I start the game I forget everything and want to win.”
Benfica v Chelsea: Pre-match facts
• The sides met for the first time last season when Roberto Di Matteo’s Chelsea won 1-0 in Lisbon and 2-1 at home to eliminate Jorge Jesus’s men in the quarter-finals en route to winning the Champions League.
• Benfica’s record in 31 games against English clubs in European competition is W10 D5 L16. They have already beaten Premier League opponents in this season’s Europa League, eliminating Newcastle United in the quarter-finals.
• Benfica go into the final having played exactly twice as many European games as their rivals: 362 to Chelsea’s 181.
• Chelsea could become the first team to win Uefa’s top two club competitions in reverse order in successive campaigns.