Chelsea defender David Luiz has admitted his disappointment in Chelsea’s performances at the moment, describing them as 'not good'.
The Brazilian also revealed the dressing room was a tense place to reside in the aftermath of the Blues’ defeat to West Brom on Saturday.
Numerous reports surfaced after the weekend’s game that shouts could be heard emanating from the Chelsea dressing room at The Hawthorns after Roberto Di Matteo’s men were beaten 2-1 by the hosts.
"We were upset and angry, disappointed because we should have won the game,” he conceded.
“There were raised voices. It’s normal. This is a big club and we don’t like to lose games. But all we can do now is look ahead to the next game.”
Pressure has now been mounted on Blues boss Matteo who many suspect will be replaced by the end of the season, despite his building of a new squad and system and his winning of last year’s Champion’s League title.
“It’s not good at the moment, because we started the season at the top of the league. But all the big teams have come to West Brom and it has not been easy for them. West Brom have a good philosophy and a great coach, but we are disappointed because Chelsea want to be top of the table always.”
Chelsea were top of the table until their defeat to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge last month and haven’t won a game since. United have now moved above them into second place, as Manchester City have taken the lead at the top, three points clear of their rivals.
“What’s past is past, and the future is Juventus. It will be difficult and Juventus are a great team. They are just one point behind us. This is the most important game in the group,” said Luiz, urging his side to move forward.
They must now muster a confident performance against Italian champions Juventus in the Champion’s League in what is expected to be an explosive clash against the Old Lady on Tuesday night.
The blues currently sit second in Group E, behind only on goal difference to Shakhtar Donetsk but should they lose to Juventus, the Italians would overtake them, making for a cumbersome final game in which they would be reliant on other results going their way just to qualify for the knockouts.
But the centre-back is confident they can achieve well this year – in both the Champion’s League and the Premier League.
“In the Champions League, we have a great opportunity to qualify even though Juventus and Shakhtar are both great teams.
But we will never forget how important the Premier League is. There is a bit of a gap at the top and we don’t want to get too far behind the other teams. In two or three games, everything can change and Chelsea will be fighting for the top of the league again.”
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