David Luiz is delighted his decision to come back to Stamford Bridge has been vindicated by winning his first Premier League title.
The Brazilian has now contributed to three consecutive national championships between his time with Paris Saint-Germain and second spell at Chelsea, having returning to Stamford Bridge last summer following two years in France. He could not be more pleased after securing his latest honour at The Hawthorns on Friday night.
‘I’m happy, very happy,’ he said. ‘It’s my first Premier League title. When I decided to come back here it was because of this. I was dreaming of one day winning the Premier League, so I’m very happy because my dream has come true.
‘To win a title in any country you need to be better than the others. There are 20 teams and they all want to win, so it’s never easy. I’m so happy to win this Premier League title, my first one, so it’s time to celebrate.’
For David Luiz, these times of joy and celebration also bring home how fortunate he is to spend his life doing what he loves.
‘We work hard every day to have this kind of moment. I think my life is great. God is great, he gives me health, he changed my family’s life and I try to enjoy every day, because every day is a gift for us. But of course in my professional life, when you have this kind of opportunity to celebrate a big title, it is amazing.
‘We have a fantastic job. We are lucky, blessed with a gift to wake up every day to have this kind of opportunity. It’s a gift to play football. These are the great feelings I had when we scored the winning goal – the passion and the love for football, for my life.’
The feeling of being champions is made even sweeter for the defender by knowing how hard he and the team have had to work to achieve that success, both against determined and stubborn opponents in West Bromwich Albion in the game that sealed the title, and throughout a fiercely competitive Premier League campaign.
‘They made us work all season, not just on Friday night,’ he admitted with a characteristic grin. ‘To win a single match here in the Premier League is always difficult and Friday was a great game. West Brom have a great team. Also at Stamford Bridge it was so difficult to win against them, but we did this with great patience.
‘We were positive in the game. We knew it would be a game like this. Their plan is always so difficult to play against, they defend very, very well, they have physical players, but we were passionate, we were intelligent and we scored in the right moment. We played a great game.’
David Luiz also had words for the mastermind of our 2016/17 title triumph, Antonio Conte, praising the effect the Italian manager and his methods have had on the squad in his first year in English football.
‘He likes to work, that is his secret. He loves to work, he works with passion every day. I’m so happy for him because it’s never easy to come here in your first season and grab the title, but he deserves it,’ said our No.30, who also feels it was important to celebrate with the supporters at The Hawthorns.
‘We work for them. They are behind us every day, every single match, at Stamford Bridge, away from Stamford Bridge, outside London, so of course it is a pleasure to be with them, to say thank you to them.’
Of course, the Blues’ season is far from over despite having already landed the Premier League title, with our final league fixtures against Watford and Sunderland, both at Stamford Bridge in the coming week, before we attempt to get our hands on another trophy in the FA Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley on 27 May.
‘There’s still some work to do, not just in the final, there are still two league games to go, so let’s rest a bit and prepare ourselves.
‘If I say I’m not thinking about winning the Double, I am a liar! Of course we think about this, but we need to think day by day, rest well, keep ourselves very good in these next two games to have a top performance against Arsenal. It will be a difficult game against a fantastic team, so we need to be at a high level.’