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The Brazilian defender has explained that European glory is the Blues' aim, while his team-mates are refusing to underestimate Benfica ahead of their quarter-final second leg

Chelsea defender David Luiz has admitted that the squad have their sights set on winning the Champions League.

The Blues are playing well under interim boss Roberto Di Matteo, and hold a 1-0 advantage over Benfica after the first leg of their quarter-final.

“Now we will give everything to beat them again at home. At Chelsea we want to win the Champions League," Luiz told The Sunday Mirror.

“It is an obsession for me and every top player in the world to do that."


Luiz joined Chelsea from Benfica and had a tough start to life in England, but feels he has now settled and expressed his delight at playing in the Premier League.

“I feel I have adapted well and Chelsea have helped me a lot," he said.

“I like the Premier League and I feel it is magical ­because it always comes down to the last minute to see who will finish first.”

Luiz's Portuguese team-mate Paulo Ferreira has also highlighted the threat that Benfica pose and is refusing to be complacent.

“We know they are capable of scoring away from home. So we need to be careful because they will not think it is over yet," he said.

“We have the upper hand but they only need one goal and we are all equal. We have an inner strength here at Chelsea and of course I still believe in the team.

“We have wonderful players and we have to keep believing.”

John Obi Mikel admitted that this season’s campaign has been "difficult", but is enjoying the current team spirit and has backed the decisions of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

“It has been a difficult season as a player," said the Nigerian.

“You can question the owner but the owner wants results and he wants to win trophies.

“If things are not right, it is his money and his team so he has the right to change things.

“Tomorrow, if he says he wants to get rid of us players and wants to get new ones, we will respect him. It is his money and his business.

“We are all together and helping each other – even from the bench. The team comes first.

“The players have re-grouped and spoken among ourselves. But there has never been players'  power here. The manager has ­always been in control.”

BENFICA IN ACTION
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WITSEL 77' REFEREE: JOAO LOPES FERREIRA 82' ECHIEJILE
 CESAR 90+2'
 

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