David Luiz says the Chelsea squad and their under-fire manager Andre Villas-Boas have enough quality to turn around the club’s fortunes.
Chelsea have managed just one victory from their last six matches in all competitions, with the pressure mounting on first-year coach Villas-Boas as a consequence.
Rumours of dressing room unrest have also dogged the English Premier League club.
Brazil defender Luiz has acknowledged the team are feeling the strain, but claims the mood within the dressing room remains largely positive.
“I’m always anxious before games because I love playing football, even when the game finishes I want to play again,’ he told the club’s official website.
“But maybe we are anxious as players because we don’t like having bad moments and we want to respond, for ourselves and for the fans. The moment now is positive, not negative.”
Luiz said he had faith in Villas-Boas and his team-mates, blaming the media for the intense scrutiny Chelsea find themselves under.
“All teams have problems, when Chelsea are first and somebody else is seventh, then they get criticised,” he said.
“That is the job of the media, if there is nobody to criticise, the media don’t have a job, but I believe in Andre and I believe in all of the players.”
“This season is difficult, but it’s important to focus only on the present and not to worry about the past or the future.”
“I’m sad because I want to give more, and the team want to give more to the fans, but when you have a strong personality and believe in the job it is a great moment.”
According to Luiz, the team have an opportunity to improve their situation with positive results in two of their forthcoming matches, an FA Cup fifth-round replay against Birmingham, and the second leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie with Napoli.
“It’s difficult because we are a big team, and the big teams need to win,” he said.
“We have two matches that are like finals coming up, in the FA Cup and against Napoli, and I believe 100 percent that if we play like we did today we will win those games.”