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Luiz: I have nothing to prove

25 September 2013 19:44

Chelsea centre-back David Luiz is comfortable with Jose Mourinho's rotation policy and insists he has nothing to prove to the manager.

The Brazil international was a surprise omission from the club's 2-0 Premier League victory on Saturday after a stuttering performance in last week's 2-1 loss to Basel in the UEFA Champions League.

Luiz returned to the team for the 2-0 League Cup triumph over Swindon Town on Tuesday, but may be back on the bench for Chelsea's trip to Tottenham on Saturday.

However, the 26-year-old is adamant that he bears no grudge against Mourinho, believing it is standard practice for rotation to be used at big clubs.

"It was just one game," he told the London Evening Standard. "Sometimes when other players go out of the team, people don't say anything.

"I don’t need to prove anything. Everyone knows who David Luiz is, I want to play football and enjoy myself on the pitch so when I have an opportunity to play, I want to enjoy just that.

"I am just one player in the team. Sometimes the manager can put me in, sometimes not. It’s his choice."

Mourinho made 10 changes for the Swindon fixture, with the likes of Fernando Torres and Cesar Azpilicueta handed a chance to stake their claim for a regular starting spot.

The former was particularly influential, scoring one and creating the second for Ramires.

And Luiz believes it is important for the whole squad grasp their opportunities when they arise.

"This is a big club and we have many, many good players," he continued.

"If Chelsea just had 11 players we would win nothing. We don’t have to prove anything. We just have to show we want to play. Everyone had an opportunity to play against Swindon and show our football.

"Last year you could talk about seven players being on the bench and the next year is the same. Mourinho chooses his 11 players to play, his philosophy and tries to do the best job for Chelsea. That for me is normal."

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