David Luiz admits he will be fulfilling a lifelong ambition if he steps out to face Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Saturday, with Chelsea on the brink of making history.
The 25-year-old has not featured for the Blues since the FA Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham at Wembley in April, and his comeback provides a timely boost for Roberto Di Matteo ahead of the Champions League final showdown in Germany, with fellow defenders John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic suspended.
"As a young kid, it was my dream and now on Saturday I will hopefully play in the Champions League Final," Luiz told the club's official website. "All the world stops to watch this game. My mother and father will come to support us and I will be happy to have them."
Chelsea will also be without midfield duo Ramires and Raul Meireles for the biggest game in the club's history as they prepare to face the Bundesliga giants in their own back yard, in an attempt to bring the European trophy back to Stamford Bridge.
But, the Brazilian international is adamant that, despite missing a number of key players, the Blues will go into the game in confident mood, with a belief that they will return to west London as champions.
"For sure, they are important players we are missing, but I know my teammates and we have very good players in the squad," he explained. "It's the Champions League Final so of course we are playing against a good team with very good players, and they deserve to be in the final just like we do.
"It's a difficult game, the biggest in the world and Bayern will be playing at home in Munich. They played against Borussia Dortmund [last weekend], I watched the game, they lost, but they are still a very good team, now they will be angry when they play against us."
Victory would cap a sensational turnaround in form for the Blues, who looked set for an early exit at the expense of Napoli, before Di Matteo orchestrated a sensational turnaround, before beating holders Barcelona against the odds in Camp Nou to book their place in the showpiece final.
"For me it's special, for the fans it's special too, it's the biggest game in the world and I just hope we can win it."