David Luiz has opened up on his emotional return to Benfica the year he won the Champions League with Chelsea.
“It was such a tough game for me emotionally,’ David Luiz says. ‘My life changed from zero to 10 in Lisbon. I was living a dream to be on the bench there! I came to Europe from the third division in Brazil. It was a totally different situation to play for one of the best clubs in the world.”
‘I went there with my heart broken because I knew somebody would be sad at the end of this tie. But I remember I was working a lot on my mind, to not let this bring me down and not be in the game. That’s why I was man of the match, because I worked before. I saved one goal on the line also, from Oscar Cardozo. The fans always joke with me and say, ‘Why didn’t you let Cardozo score!’
‘It was a special night. We won and after the game I was in the middle of the pitch and everybody was clapping me and saying thank you for what I did in the past. It was a great moment in my career, but also difficult to play against them.’