David Luiz has paid homage to the great Petr Cech but warned him to expect a tough match in the final.
“Petr Cech was the best goalkeeper I played with,” he said. “I wish him all the best but I hope he can finish his career with a defeat. He knows that. He knows I’m going to try hard to win.”
“It’s going to be difficult for them and it’s going to be difficult for us because both teams have quality,” he said.
“Great players, great coach. Our coach [Maurizio Sarri] is great. In the first season he’s done an amazing job and we are there.
“Unai is great. That’s why he knows how to win this competition, and he did three times with Sevilla. That’s why he’s there again.”
“Of course [it still feels like a London derby], it’s going to be Arsenal and Chelsea,” David Luiz added, even though there has been widespread complaint over the far-flung location when it comes to fans of either club attending.
“It doesn’t matter the stadium, it doesn’t matter where around the world. It’s a London derby, both big clubs and the big clubs who want to win trophies.”