LUIZ DENIES ACCUSATIONS

Chelsea defender David Luiz has denied accusations that Didier Drogba was making fun of the fact that Chelsea have drawn Benfica in the quarter-final stage of the Champions League. Chelsea had to progress to the quarter-final stage of the Champions League after some difficulty.

They lost the first leg match against Napoli 3-1, which all but ended their hopes of progressing. However, spectacular turnaround in the second leg, which they won 4-1, meant that they entered into the draw for the quarter-finals. There was a distinct possibility of Chelsea drawing against the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich. However, they were drawn against one of the underdogs in the form of Benfica.

The Chelsea official website released a video that showed Didier Drogba feigning fear after the draw was made. This has infuriated Benfica, who have said that Didier Drogba will be made to pay for his actions when the two sides meet on Tuesday night.

However, Chelsea defender David Luiz, who signed from Benfica in January 2011, has said that Didier Drogba was expressing his fear at the prospect of facing Barcelona in the semifinals and it had not been a disrespect to Benfica.

“If people watch the video closely, it’s not directed at Benfica. He was talking about Barcelona because Barcelona are a very, very big team. Chelsea know how Benfica reached this far. They’re a strong team. Drogba’s character wouldn’t allow him to disrespect another team,” David Luiz said ahead of the first leg encounter between the two clubs in Lisbon.

Drogba was a crucial player in enabling Chelsea qualify for this stage of the competition after is quite remarkable performance against Napoli. However, Drogba has not scored since his opening goal against Napoli a few weeks ago, and is unlikely to start in the match.