David Luiz is anticipating a difficult match against accomplished opponents when a Watford side enjoying one of the best seasons in the club’s history come to Stamford Bridge.
We go into this match with all to play for in the race for Champions League qualification, currently occupying the last of the top-four spots, two points behind Tottenham and the same number ahead of Arsenal.
However, the Hornets are approaching the end of a fine campaign of their own, as evidenced by the fact they currently sit comfortably mid-table in the Premier League and have an FA Cup final against Manchester City to look forward to.
Having been made to work hard for the points when we visited Vicarage Road earlier in the season, David Luiz is expecting another testing challenge against them at the Bridge, with what could be a crucial three points for our Champions League ambitions as reward if we can prevail again.
‘It’s going to be tough, it’s always difficult,’ he said. ‘Our motivation has to be high, first of all because we play for a big club and we have to be motivated every single day, and also because we have a great opportunity at home to get the three points and to be almost there.
‘It’s going to be tough, they have a great team, that’s why they reached the final in the FA Cup, they have an amazing coach and I can see the spirit in this team. It is always difficult to play against Watford, always, it doesn’t matter where.
‘They are a real team. I think they have created a great team and we can see that. They know how to play, they know how to defend, they know how to understand the game. Sometimes it is just with the physicality and they have the players to do that, sometimes just playing football and they also have the players to do that, so it’s going to be tough.’
With two bites at the Champions League cherry, thanks to our progression to the Europa League semi-finals, where we go into the second leg with a narrow away goal advantage from Thursday’s 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt, the defender is determined to take our chance to make it a successful end to the season.
‘We are lucky and because we did a good job, especially in the Europa League, we have two opportunities, so we have to try to take one or two,’ said David Luiz. ‘We still have the possibility to do something good.
‘Chelsea are big club and big clubs always have a vision of winning everything, but also we have to understand that it was not an easy season for us and now, even with all the difficulties, I think we did great to arrive at this stage still having possibilities to qualify straight for the Champions League and play a European final if we finish well.’