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Luiz keeping the faith

February 13, 2011

David Luiz's faith has played a big part in his journey from Sao Paolo to Stamford Bridge but he accepts physicality will be just as important as philosophy if he is to succeed at Chelsea.

Carlo Ancelotti, David Luiz
GettyImagesDavid Luiz is looking forward to the physical demands of the Premier League

Luiz, who is set to make his first start for Chelsea at Fulham on Monday, was brought up in Brazil with a firm religious background. He believes that, as well as a strong work ethic, has stood him in good stead his career so far.

"I am a guy with a lot of faith," he said. "I believe when you have faith things will happen for you. My faith is what makes me strong and makes things happen for me, but I don't cross my arms and wait for God to do everything for me.

"You have to want it and go for it and chase your dreams. My dream is to be admired as a football player and as a person."

Having played his football in the leagues of Brazil and Portugal prior to his Chelsea move, Luiz also accepts he will need to get used to the rigours of the Premier League.

"I knew the Premier League from TV already. I have also talked a lot to Ramires - he is always passing on positive information," Luiz said. "It's a lot faster and more physical than where I have played before, but if I didn't like the physical side of the game then I would be a tennis player.

"It is not just a case of knowing what to improve but in general to become a better player."

Carlo Ancelotti, meanwhile, has declared himself happy with the make-up of his squad following the additions of Luiz and Fernando Torres.

"The squad is very good now with Torres and Luiz," he said. "We don't need to add another player. We don't need to think about other players because the squad now is very competitive. We reached our aims with Torres and Luiz."