DAVID LUIZ: WORLD IS WATCHING
David Luiz, who handed Roberto Di Matteo a timely boost by returning to training this week following a hamstring injury which ruled him out for the past month, admitted he will be fulfilling a lifelong ambition if he steps out to face Bayern Munich on Saturday with the Blues on the brink of making history.
The Brazilian central defender hasn't played since the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley in mid-April, but his possible return couldn't have come at a better time with both John Terry and the versatile Branislav Ivanovic ruled out of the game.
'As a young kid, it was my dream and now on Saturday I will hopefully play in the Champions League Final,' he said. 'All the world stops to watch this game. My mother and father will come to support us and I will be happy to have them.'
With midfield duo Ramires and Raul Meireles also unable to participate due to suspension, we head into what is arguably the biggest game in the club's history without four key players.
However, the 25-year-old, ever the optimist, sees no reason to panic, and cites the quality of those players who are able to take part as the reason why we can emerge from the game as European champions.
'For sure, they are important players we are missing, but I know my teammates and we have very good players in the squad,' he argued.
'It's the Champions League Final so of course we are playing against a good team with very good players, and they deserve to be in the final just like we do. It's a difficult game, the biggest in the world and Bayern will be playing at home in Munich.
'They played against Borussia Dortmund [last weekend], I watched the game, they lost, but they are still a very good team, now they will be angry when they play against us.'
A win for Di Matteo's side would be a remarkable achievement, particularly taking into account our plight when the Italian took charge, when a 3-1 first-leg defeat in Napoli saw us heading for an early exit prior to that dramatic second leg at Stamford Bridge.
Not only would we lift the trophy for the first time in our history, but we would also become the first London club to secure the prize, and David Luiz insisted the result, ultimately, is all that matters.
'For me it's special, for the fans it's special too, it's the biggest game in the world and I just hope we can win it,' he said.