DAVID LUIZ: HALF-CENTURY AND HAPPY

Posted on: Fri 30 Nov 2012

Injury to John Terry which rules the captain out of today's visit by Wigan means that although other options are available, the selection of the centre-back partnership that finished the win over Benfica - David Luiz and Gary Cahill - is a strong possibility.

That would mean a 50th Blues appearance for the Brazilian and 14 months on since his January deadline day arrival in west London, David Luiz looks back on his time at the club with a smile.

'I am happy because it is fantastic to play for Chelsea and 50 games in one year is so good,' he says. 'This league is so difficult, injuries are always possible but I am happy to play so many games.'

He has stayed clear of injury troubles for much of the year, although a knee problem sustained in the summer did prevent his participation in our early campaign and curtailed his pre-season preparations ahead of his first full campaign at the club.

'To start the season injured is hard, the other guys have more fitness and preparation so it was difficult but now we are the same and I am happy with my body,' he says.

To help prove the point, David Luiz has been involved in every game since Boxing Day and the winter period was an experience for the Sao Paulo-born star who grew his famous long locks to protect himself from the Portuguese chill. The sight of snow blanketing Cobham earlier in the year must have been a real shock.

'It's not like Brazil,' he cheekily points out, 'but now the weather is fantastic and not so cold. All the people tell me it's good weather, we had only two days of snow. I like it here in London.'

As well as acclimatising to the London weather and the style of defending required by the English game, for which he gives much credit to his central defence partners ('I have a good relationship with JT, Gary and Iva, all the guys try and help me and this relationship is important') the flamboyant defender has also pitched in with five goals in his 49 appearances.

'I try and want more [goals]. All the players in the world, whether defenders or strikers, like to score but my mentality on the pitch is first of all defending and then if it's possible I can help the guys in attack.

'I scored against Man United two times, I scored against Man City, I scored two similar goals against Bayer Leverkusen and Bolton so for me all the goals are important.'

Chelsea face a tricky spell of fixture congestion over the next few weeks, with six games in 17 days including three semi-final matches, however the players aren't worried about the games coming thick and fast.

'I want to play important games, semi-finals in the FA Cup and the Champions League,' confirms David Luiz. 'In England and the Premier League you play more games but I like it.

'I'm 24 years old, I have my health and want to play football every day. I love football and love playing big games.'