Football

Luiz eyeing Blues scalp

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David Luiz hopes to finish on the winning side once again in a Champions League tie between Paris St Germain and Chelsea, after swopping London for the French capital.

The Brazil defender made a £48 million ($100m) switch to Paris last summer, after helping Chelsea to a Champions League quarter-final victory over PSG.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow morning's (Singapore time) Round-of-16 first leg at Parc des Princes, Luiz said: "I want to qualify, like I qualified last year, but I want to qualify for PSG. I will do everything to win."

Luiz was on the scoresheet in Chelsea's 3-1 first-leg loss last term, although it was an own-goal.

"Last year I scored my first goal for PSG," he said, before adding: "If I score against Chelsea, I won't celebrate for respect, but I will be happy."

Luiz, who won the Champions League in 2012 and Europa League the following year while at Stamford Bridge, is a relaxed character and was not concerned by the price paid for him.

"It's not for me to talk about the price or things like that," he said.

"I just need to show my football every day and show my job for the club."

The fee helped Chelsea in their purchases of Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis, strengthening Jose Mourinho's side, according to Luiz.

"They had three players join the club with amazing quality, like Fabregas and Diego. For me, they are stronger than last year," he said.

Chelsea will have striker Costa back from suspension, but Luiz's fellow defender Thiago Silva is not worried.

The Brazil defender also claims he could never switch countries and play for someone else like Costa has done for Spain.

BATTLE

"Costa is one of the top strikers in Europe at the moment. He can play, but he can do battle as well," Silva said.

"That is no problem, that is the reason you want to play at this level - to do battle against the best players in the world.

"He is the sort of player who lets you know he is there, but we will also let him know that we are there.

"We know Diego chose to play for Spain and there is nothing more to be said about the subject.

"I am not sure that I could choose to play for a nation other than the one I grew up in, but neither myself or anybody else has any right to judge his decision.

"He chose Spain, and we all have to respect his choice."

But Silva insists that he and Luiz form one of the best partnerships in Europe.

"When we signed David from Chelsea, we were not just signing one of the best central defenders in the world, but also one of my best friends." 
- Wire Services.