David Luiz heaps praise on Tottenham before FA Cup semi-final

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Saturday sees one of the most eagerly anticipated FA Cup semi-final's in years take place at Wembley with Tottenham and Chelsea doing battle on the hallowed turf of the national stadium.

The London rivals are without question the two finest teams in England and several new chapters will be written in the tapestry of their rivalry in the next month or so with both league and cup success on the minds of both sides.

Prior to Saturday's match, you would think that players would perhaps avoid complimenting their opponents but the ever-charismatic David Luiz thought differently in an interview with the Evening Standard, praising Spurs and even labelling them as "amazing".


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"For me they are an amazing team with an amazing coach in Maurico Pochettino. They are the best physical team in the League. All 11 players are monsters. I love that team.

"It will be a difficult game for us. We need to be ready to play against one of the best sides in this League. But it was always going to be hard when you reach a semi-final.

"Will we have to be monsters too? Yes. Chelsea also have some monsters and play like a monster like N’Golo Kante. We have different kind of monsters.

"It will be a fantastic game, both clubs are in amazing shape. It will be a top-quality match to watch and you have to play top quality to win."

Well, looking at both sides on paper and throughout the season, there will certainly be no shortage of quality.

Luiz has been arguably the success story of the season after his return to Stamford Bridge for £34m in the summer.

Scepticism surrounded the transfer but within months, the Brazilian, who was once comically referred to as a "Playstation defender", banished the criticism, thriving in a 3-4-3 formation and earning a spot in the PFA Team of the Year.

The roster of Spurs "monsters", including Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, will be difficult to nullify but on current form, Luiz could make it come to fruition.

However, the worrying statistic that may play on the 29-year-old's mind is that he and Chelsea have not kept a clean sheet since January.

Troubling news for Luiz when coming up against the free-scoring north London outfit and in particular, the serial goal scoring machine, Kane.

"He is an amazing player, having an amazing season," said Luiz. "But even when he was not there [through injury], Spurs scored a lot.

"With or without him, it was always going to be difficult to beat them at Wembley."

It is a London-based duel which will attract attention from around the world and on current form, the "monsters" may cause yet more mayhem.

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