David Luiz excited for return to Benfica

Chelsea defender David Luiz is excited for tonight’s Champions League quarter-final first leg in the Estadio da Luz against Portuguese giants Benfica, chelseafc.com reports.

The 24 year old signed for the Blues from Benfica in January 2011 after a four year spell in Portugal which saw him win a domestic title. Luiz established himself as one of the sought-after defenders in Europe whilst with Benfica and is preparing for a hopeful winning return with Chelsea. The Blues last won away from home in the Champions League against Copahagen 13 months ago and Luiz is looking to the side’s experience to help them gain the advantage.

Luiz said: “It’s positive to have more experience, the past is the past and it’s not important. We are two good teams against each other and there is pressure for both sets of supporters, their fans are very passionate, especially at home, but we have the experience to deal with that”.

The Brazilian international believes it will be difficult against Benfica, which is a slightly different thought to Didier Drogba. The Ivorian international has been reported apparently mocking Benfica when the draw was made, but Luiz has been quick to dismiss Drogba was mocking the Portuguese side. Instead, the 33 year old was apparently feigning fear towards potential semi-final opponents Barcelona.

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