David Luiz says Chelsea picked up a vital three points from our match with Newcastle, but admits there are areas in which we can improve...
The defender provided a sumptuous assist to tee up Pedro for an early opener, but we failed to build on our lead and paid the price when Ciaran Clark headed home a corner shortly before the interval.
Willian’s delightful second-half goal was enough to secure victory, but David Luiz knows we have to stop offering a lifeline to our opponents.
‘It’s an important win, it’s three points at home and we did the job,’ said the 31-year-old. ‘It was not an easy game for us. I think we could have killed the game in the first 25 minutes, but we didn’t score the second goal.
‘In the Premier League every team can be dangerous from set-pieces and that is what happened. ‘They scored the equaliser and after that it is always difficult but I think the team was mature enough to be calm at half-time. Then, in the second half, we controlled the game and scored the second goal.
‘I think we have to improve because you cannot give your opponents openings. When you have time and opportunities to kill the game, you have to do it.’
The Brazilian set Pedro up with one of his trademark defence-splitting passes from the back and he explained how he works on his technique in training, as well as praising the Spaniard who finished the move delightfully.
‘Of course, we have to train because we have to try to improve ourselves every day,’ he said. ‘In football, things aren’t going to come from the sky, you have to train hard and try to improve.
‘Pedro’s movement was great, his control was great and his finish was great. It’s not just about the pass, I think it’s about the quality from him.’
With Arsenal losing 1-0 at West Ham earlier in the day, the result moved us six points ahead of the Gunners, who we face at the Emirates Stadium next Saturday. David Luiz insists the players are taking nothing for granted in pursuit of a Champions League spot and, with no midweek fixture, he knows preparation is key.
‘It’s not about now, it’s about the end,’ he said of our position in the top four. ‘First of all, we have to rest and prepare in the right way.’