Luis: Perfect start

After making his first start in a Chelsea shirt against WAC RZ Pellets, the next target for Filipe Luis is completing 90 minutes as he build towards full fitness.

The Brazilian played an hour of last night’s 1-1 draw in Austria, starting in a strong back four alongside Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry and Kurt Zouma.

It was a comfortable way to ease himself to a new side, with the hosts rarely threatening during his time on the pitch, and he was pleased to be involved.

‘It was really nice to play for the first time in a Chelsea shirt,’ he tells the club’s official website. ‘It’s still very new for me in terms of tactics and relationships with my team-mates, but my adaptation has been good. I know I’m not in the best condition physically yet but with training that will come and I will be ready to start the season.

‘The first half was quite easy because we had the ball and controlled the game, I didn’t really have any difficulties on my side of the pitch. We played against a good side, in the second half I was really tired but an hour was perfect for me. The most important thing was that I didn’t pick up any injuries and I felt good.’

Next up for Jose Mourinho’s side is a friendly against NK Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenia on Sunday.

‘I leave everything in the hands of Jose,’ says Luis. ‘If he thinks I’m ready to play 90 minutes I’m ready but I just want to do my best to help the team win games.’

Luis also praised the positive impact made by youngster Jeremie Boga, who came off the bench and scored a brilliant equaliser late in the game.

‘It was an amazing goal,’ the defender added. ‘He has amazing talent with the way he dribbles in midfield. It was a perfect finish and he deserved it because he’s been training so well.’