HUN­GRY WOLVES

Chelsea star Luiz knows only thing on boss Nuno’s mind will be vic­tory

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Robbie Fowler - By TOM HOP­KIN­SON @tomhop­kin­son

DAVID LUIZ ex­pects Wolves to go for the jugu­lar against Chelsea to­day be­cause Nuno Espirito Santo won’t have it any other way.

The Blues de­fender knows the Wolves boss well.

Luiz (above) was a young­ster at Ben­fica at the same time as the Por­tuguese was wind­ing down his career with Aves and Porto in his home­land.

And dur­ing Chelsea’s 2-1 de­feat at Mo­lineux in De­cem­ber, Luiz was keen to keep a close eye on his old pal on the op­pos­ing bench.

He said: “First of all, we have to un­der­stand who we are play­ing against. I know Nuno – Nuno is an amaz­ing coach and an amaz­ing per­son, he mo­ti­vates the team.

“The last few years he has been do­ing amaz­ingly for Wolves, the at­mos­phere, you can see they have iden­tity.

“They have a real club and have evolved. When we lost 2-1, they got the op­por­tu­nity to win and were not scared to try to win the game.

“That’s why they scored. In that mo­ment we were not good in the game, we lost con­trol of the game.

“They scored one goal and, nor­mally, some teams, some coaches, say, ‘OK, it’s good, 1-1 against Chelsea’.

“But I re­mem­ber I was on the bench and

I was look­ing at Nuno and he was say­ing,

‘OK, let’s get the op­por­tu­nity now’.

“He’s some­one who al­ways tries to do amaz­ing things. He is do­ing so well with Wolves, he is a great coach with great play­ers so it’s go­ing to be a tough game.”

Chelsea had only been beaten once in the Premier League – by Tot­ten­ham – when they went to Mo­lineux in De­cem­ber and things looked good when they took the lead through Ruben Lof­tus-Cheek. But Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota struck within four sec­ond­half min­utes of each other to strike a real blow.

Since then, Chelsea haven’t man­aged more than two wins in a row in the top flight, and man­ager Mau­r­izio Sarri (be­low) and his team have come in for plenty of stick from their own sup­port­ers.

And, while Luiz knows that’s part and par­cel of the game, he also wants a de­gree of pa­tience as Sarri and his team con­tinue to build their re­la­tion­ship and bet­ter un­der­stand each other.

Luiz added: “At the be­gin­ning of the sea­son it was, ‘Oh, my god, Chelsea are learn­ing his phi­los­o­phy very quickly, it’s amaz­ing’.

“Then af­ter a few months, ‘Oh, Chelsea didn’t learn any­thing yet, Sarri-ball is not good enough and that’s it’.

“We are im­prov­ing and it’s never easy to come to Eng­land and change the style of a club, change the style of a team and the way we play.

“So it’s up to us to keep our men­tal­ity and up to us to keep our belief and to fight to the end.

“Ev­ery club wants to win ev­ery com­pe­ti­tion, all the big clubs fight for that and have the am­bi­tion for that.

“We want to win ev­ery week and we try to fight for ev­ery com­pe­ti­tion.

“It’s nor­mal when we are not win­ning, we are not happy, the fans are not happy and the club is not happy.

“So we work for them, we try to do the best for them and make them happy.

“We are still fight­ing for the Cham­pi­ons League and the Europa League.

“Can we do both? We are go­ing to try.”

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