Luiz warns Chelsea to not underestimate ‘amazing’ Dynamo Kiev

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: David Luiz of Chelsea during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 First Leg match between Chelsea and Dynamo Kyiv at Stamford Bridge on March 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

David Luiz warned Chelsea that Dynamo Kiev have the quality to pull off a comeback against them in the Europa League, despite their 3-0 aggregate lead.

Maurizio Sarri’s side cruised to a comfortable 3-0 first-leg win at Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening following goals from Pedro, Willian and substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi.

It marked Chelsea’s third consecutive win and put them in control of their last-16 tie in the Europa League.

But centre-back Luiz, who played the full 90 minutes on Thursday, believes that Kiev have the quality within their squad to cause an upset for next Thursday’s return leg in Ukraine.

“I think they have amazing qualities, especially with the young players and I think they are going to be an amazing generation for Ukraine,” Luiz told the club website.

“So, of course, they have quality so we have to try to keep the composure and keep the team playing well, and we did that in this game.”

Despite their struggles in the past few months, Chelsea remain in a strong position to secure Champions League football for next season.

Currently, the Blues can return to the top-four in the Premier League by winning their game in hand over Manchester United and Arsenal with just two points separating the three teams.

And winning the Europa League would be another way of booking a ticket back to Europe’s biggest club competition.

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“We are lucky and I am happy because we have two opportunities [to qualify for the Champions League] and so let’s fight for both,” said Luiz.

“We did a great game. We could score more goals, especially in the first half when we played with a lot of intensity and we created some chances.

“Of course, it is a good result but football is football and it is never done yet. We have to go to Kiev, and it is always difficult to go there, and do a good job.”

Chelsea will next take on Wolves on Sunday in the Premier League.


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