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