With Chelsea recording three wins in nine days, we have kept our challenge for Champions League qualification open on two fronts.
The third of those victories, Thursday night’s 3-0 Europa League first-leg success followed on from a domestic six points won which put the Blues back in the frame for a top-four finish the Premier League. We still have a job to do in a week’s time when we face Dynamo Kiev on their home soil but we are well-placed to progress to the quarter-finals of a competition which rewards its winner with a Champions League place.
David Luiz, who wore the captain’s armband for the first time at the start of a Chelsea game yesterday, assessed the situation.
‘We are lucky and I am happy because we have two opportunities [to qualify for the Champions League] and so let’s fight for both,’ he said.
‘We did a great game. We could score more goals, especially in the first half when we played with a lot of intensity and we created some chances. Of course it is a good result but football is football and it is never done yet. We have to go to Kiev, and it is always difficult to go there, and do a good job.’
Although he and his colleagues successfully kept the Ukraine side at bay at Stamford Bridge, he saw plenty of quality in their ranks, certainly enough not to take anything for granted.
‘I think they have amazing qualities, especially with the young players and I think they are going to be an amazing generation for Ukraine. So of course they have quality so we have to try to keep the composure and keep the team playing well, and we did that in this game.
‘We are trying to improve our game every single week, every single day, every single match,’ he added, ‘and of course it is a positive moment for us.’