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Friday 15 December 2017

Luiz happy to take rough with smooth at Chelsea

DAVID LUIZ has said that he will take both criticism and praise in his stride as he concentrates on just doing an "honest" day's work at the heart of the Chelsea defence.

The wild-haired Brazilian centre-half has become something of a cult figure at Stamford Bridge following his £21million move from Benfica just over a year ago. The 24-year-old has produced solid displays as well as the odd eccentric performance.

But as Chelsea look to replace the disappointment of letting a 3-0 lead slip against Manchester United last weekend with a positive result at Everton, Luiz said meeting his own work ethic was all that mattered.

"I have been working in the same way as always, training at my best level," said Luiz, whose goal had put the Blues into a seemingly commanding position at the start of the second half before United launched a fightback to snatch a share of the points.

"Sometimes you get criticism, like I did, and recently I have been applauded for my work. As long as I can go home and lay down on my bed and have my conscience clear that I am doing an honest job, I am happy.

FIGHTING

"Obviously, we are not where we want to be at the moment, not fighting for first place, but we have to keep looking for victories."

Chelsea could have Frank Lampard available this weekend, the England midfielder having returned to training after injuring his calf against Norwich on January 21.

John Obi Mikel has also resumed training after a hamstring problem, and full-back Ashley Cole has served a suspension. But captain John Terry (knee) remains a doubt.

Roman Abramovich, the club's owner, was understood to have again attended training yesterday. The club, though, has denied any suggestion that manager Andre Villas-Boas was coming under increased scrutiny.

Chelsea are aiming to fall in line with UEFA's new financial fair play rules and recently announced a total loss of £67.7m for the financial year ending June 30, 2011.

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