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David Luiz: Chelsea Can Still Win League and European Double

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 20:  David Luiz of Chelsea celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on March 20, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Peter CarrollContributor IIIMarch 22, 2011

David Luiz believes Chelsea can still pull off a league and European cup double, as the London side eye Manchester United in the quarterfinals of the European cup in two weeks' time.

The 23-year-old Brazilian has been a major factor in Chelsea’s re-emergence this season, scoring his first goal while helping his side to a 2-1 victory against Manchester United on March 1st.  

The former Benfica player also grabbed the first goal in Sunday’s blockbuster against Manchester City. Luiz won the Man of the Match award for his standout performance in the 2-0 win, which pulled the gap with the league leaders to nine points, with the Londoner’s still having a game in hand.

The confident centre half said, “We can definitely still win the title. There are still a lot of games to play, a lot of points to play for, so there’s no reason why we can’t.

“I want to win both the Premier League and the Champions League, and we can still do it...

“We are in good form and we have to believe we can win trophies. We’re playing well and anything is possible.”

The talented defender has shone through as a real crowd-pleaser at Stamford Bridge and appears to have been Carlo Ancelotti’s best piece of business during the January transfer window, despite the capture of superstar Fernando Torres.

In his five appearances for the club, Luiz has won two Man of the Match awards, against Fulham and Manchester City, as well as clinching all important goals against rivals Manchester United and their blue adversaries.

These goals proved all important as Chelsea’s forwards still try to rediscover their form. Didier Drogba’s efforts in front of goal have been worrying for Ancelotti, with the Ivory Coast man failing to score in 10 games. Nicolas Anelka has only six goals to his name this season and Torres is yet to get off the mark for Chelsea.

Luiz’s crucial goals may have also been critical in keeping the Blues boss in a job, with the two big wins acting as a life line for the Italian, who yesterday admitted he was lucky to still be in a job.

“I know very well that this team slept for two months and, in that moment, I had fantastic support from the team," said Ancelotti.

“I am here—fortunately.”

Alex Ferguson’s men will be happy Luiz will not feature in the quarterfinals, with his previous European performances for Benfica cup tying him. The Brazilian ruffled a few feathers in his last appearance against the side, with many United supporters believing he should have been given his marching orders. 

Originally written for The Evening Herald

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