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Luiz looks for happy homecoming

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Luiz anticipating tough test. (©GettyImages)
Luiz anticipating tough test. (©GettyImages).

As David Luiz prepares for an emotional return to Estadio da Luz to face his former club Benfica in tonight's Champions League quarter-final clash, the Chelsea defender insists he is fully focused on the job at hand.

The 24-year-old Brazilian enjoyed four successful years in Portugal prior to his Stamford Bridge switch in January 2011, where he became one of the most sought after stoppers in Europe.

But whilst Benfica holds good memories for Luiz, the flamboyant South American is adamant that it will be business as usual when the Blues head out in search of a positive result to set them on their way to the semi-finals.

"To be back to a team where I was received so well, I'm happy to be back and I want to play a good match tomorrow," he explained in his pre-match press conference.

"I had a good run from the first day I was presented as a Benfica player, we will be mates until the referee starts the match but then their players will become adversaries, and it will be a fight to the end."

Roberto Di Matteo's side will go into tonight's Lisbon clash in positive spirits following their dramatic turnaround against Napoli in the previous round, but Luiz warned that Benfica should not be underestimated.

The Primeira Liga outfit are unbeaten in their previous 10 European matches at home, and having topped their group which included Manchester United, will likely pose a considerable threat to Chelsea's hopes of progression.

"It's positive to have more experience, the past is the past and it's not important," Luiz continued. "We are two good teams against each other and there is pressure for both sets of supporters, their fans are very passionate, especially at home, but we have the experience to deal with that.

"Benfica have different players but the philosophy is the same, players continue to change but the quality is definitely still there, they were champions when I was here but they still have very good players.

"Everybody knows I love and respect Benfica, but I won't make it easy for them and I want to win the match."

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