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Chelsea Were "Shocking" Says David Luiz Following Champions League Loss

DONETSK, UKRAINE - OCTOBER 23:  John Terry (C) of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Chelsea at the Donbass Arena on October 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIOctober 23, 2012

Chelsea defender David Luiz has labelled his side's performance "shocking" after Chelsea were dominated by Shakhtar Donetsk in their Champions League group stage match.

The scoreline didn't tell the full story as the Blues, beaten 2-1 in the end, were simply dominated by the Ukrainian side in both attack and defense and simply couldn't get the ball flowing through midfield as they have done so far this year.

Luiz, speaking via Sky Sports, stated that the reigning champions will need to lift their game considerably if they are to defend their title this season.

Yes, it was a shocking performance because we want to win games in the Champions League. It was a difficult game and in the second half Shakhtar deserved the win.

The Shakhtar players played so intelligently. They didn't give us opportunities to win the game, so it was only the last 15 minutes that we were pressing. Congratulations to Shakhar, they deserved the win. That's it.

Sometimes you cannot play well—tonight was that. We need to now think about the new game because Chelsea is a big club and needs to win.

Goals from Alex Teixiera and Fernandinho put the Ukrainian champions in a strong position to win the match, and whilst Chelsea did throw a late challenge courtesy of a goal to summer transfer Oscar, the result was never really in doubt for either side in this one.

The Blues did catch a lucky break in that Juventus dropped points in their 1-1 draw to Nordsjaelland in their away fixture—a fixture that Chelsea won previously.

But regardless of what else happens in their group, if Chelsea play like they did against Shakhtar Donetsk throughout the remainder of the competition, they can all but kiss goodbye to their chance at defending their title.

They will bounce back—Roberto Di Matteo will ensure that—and it will be interesting to see how the West London club respond in their next Champions League fixture.

Their next match is against Shakhtar, but this time it's at Stamford Bridge, where the Blues have already dropped points so far this tournament.

No defending champion has ever been eliminated in the group stages.

 

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