DAVID LUIZ: GAME BY GAME

Posted on: Fri 30 Mar 2012

Having successfully navigated a tricky FA Cup tie at St Andrew's in midweek, in a game which saw our quality shine through after a scrappy opening, David Luiz is preparing for more of the same when Stoke City arrive at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

Tony Pulis's side are renowned for their direct approach to the game, and with Peter Crouch spearheading the attack, it's no surprise that they look to expose the opposition with crosses into the box, both from deep and out wide.

David Luiz turned in an accomplished performance at Birmingham on Tuesday night under difficult circumstances, and his running battle with Nikola Zigic was a symbol of the tie, but the tussle will have been a good way of preparing him for the visit of the Potters.

'In the Premier League, games are always very physical,' he says. 'It's always a battle. Stoke have good players and a good team. Tomorrow is a difficult game, but we play at home and we need to press from the first minute until the last if we want to win.'

The 2-0 win against Birmingham was our first game under the stewardship of interim first team coach Roberto Di Matteo following the departure of Andre Villas-Boas earlier in the week, but the 24-year-old believes there is little positivity to come from dwelling on the past.

'It's nice we won the game and we can now forget the bad moments,' says the Brazilian. 'Now it's a new start and a new way.

'Tomorrow is the most important game, and then after that we will start thinking about the next one. It's not important to think about the future until after the Stoke game.'

In the absence of both John Terry and Jose Bosingwa of late, a defensive reshuffle has seen David Luiz playing alongside Gary Cahill in central defence, with Branislav Ivanovic playing at right-back.

David Luiz, however, insists that there is enough quality in our squad to ensure it shouldn't matter which particular pairing start at the heart of the defence. 

'I like playing with Cahill, Ivanovic and Terry, they are three big players and it's good for me to play with them,' he says.