Brazilian David hopes to help Paris St Germain qualify for the Champions League
Paris: David Luiz hopes to finish on the winning side once again in a Champions League tie between Paris St Germain and Chelsea after swapping London for the French capital.
Paris Saint-Germain’s David Luiz. Pic/Getty Images
The Brazil defender made a £50million switch to Paris last summer after helping Chelsea to a Champions League quarter-final victory over PSG.
Speaking on the eve of the last-16 first-leg at Parc des Princes, Luiz said: "I want to qualify, like I qualified last year, but I want to qualify for PSG."
Luiz was on the scoresheet in Chelsea's 3-1 first-leg loss last term, although it was an own goal. "Last year I scored my first goal for PSG," he said, before adding: "If I score against Chelsea I don't celebrate for respect, but I will be happy."
Luiz, who won the Champions League in 2012 and Europa League the following year while at Stamford Bridge, is a relaxed character and was not concerned by the price paid for him.
"It's not for me to talk about price or things like that," he said. I just need to show my football every day and show my job for the club."
The fee helped Chelsea in their purchases of Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis, according to Luiz. Asked to compare Laurent Blanc and Jose Mourinho, Luiz said: "Both are ugly."
Arjen Robben admits Bayern Munich have a few nerves as they head to the war-torn Ukraine for their Champions League last 16, first-leg, clash away to Shakhtar Donetsk.
Due to fighting in east Ukraine between government forces and pro-Russian rebels, Shakhtar host their home league games in Kiev, but have opted to play their Champions League matches in Lviv, near the Poland border.
They will host Bayern at Arena Lviv, some 1000 kilometres from their own Donbass Stadium in Donetsk, which is being used to distribute humanitarian aid and whose facade has been damaged by shelling.
Pep Guardiola's star-studded Bayern squad head east fully aware it's far from a typical away match, just days after romping to a record 8-0 rout of Hamburg on Saturday.