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Luiz upbeat ahead of Kazan clash

4 April 2013 15:31

Chelsea defender David Luiz said his side are full of confidence, ahead of hosting Rubin Kazan in their Europa League quarter-final.

Despite the club falling 22 points behind league leaders United in the top flight, they managed to book their semi-final place at Wembley with a narrow 1-0 win over Sir Alex Ferguson's men at Stamford Bridge courtesy of a wonderful Demba Ba goal in the second half.

Turning their attentions to their remaining silverware hopes, Luiz believes their Russian opponents shouldn't be underestimated after they eliminated holders Atletico Madrid, but feels as long as his side adjust their style, they have more than enough quality to rise to the challenge.

"It's very important to play European football because you are playing against some of the best players in the world and teams from different countries," Luiz told the club's official website.

"There is a bit of a difference in terms of style and culture. In Europe, each team is different.

"You can play against a Spanish side, or a Russian side, like we will tonight, and the way they play football can change.

"They've already beaten two good Spanish sides (Atletico Madrid and Levante). To arrive at this stage of the tournament they are obviously a very good team.

"We need to be careful, play an intelligent game and not concede any goals, because that's very important when you play the first leg at home.

"Everybody's confident, when you beat a big team like Manchester United it's good for you mentally.

"This competition is important for the club, the players and the fans, but it will be a difficult game against a team at a high level."

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Competition
UEFA Europa League
Date
4 April 2013
Kick-off
21:05
Half-time
2 - 1
Full-time
3 - 1
On aggregate
5 - 4
Venue
Stamford Bridge (London)
Attendance
32994

Goals

Fernando Torres 16'
(assist by David Luiz) 
1 - 0
V. Moses 32'
(assist by Mata) 
2 - 0
2 - 1
41' B. Natcho (PG)
Fernando Torres 70'
(assist by Mata) 
3 - 1

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
17
11
21 90+2'
2
12
19
22
# Player Bookings
99
10
8
15
24
25
55

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