Mr Cool remained icily cool and did the job.
After Eric Dier had seen his spot-kick sail over the bar and Lucas Moura had seen his penalty saved by Kepa, David Luiz strode forward to take Chelsea’s fourth penalty knowing if he scored Chelsea will have booked their place in yet another Wembley final.
As the Brazilian shaped to take his kick, using a longer run-up than most players, you just knew the defender was going to score.
That confidence emanated from his wonderful effort against Bayern Munich, in the Allianz Arena, when David Luiz rifled home his spot-kick in front of the Bayern support.
This time, David Luiz’s effort was far more cultured, driven low into the bottom corner and this time in front of his adoring supporters at the Matthew Harding End.
Knowing he’d put Chelsea into the final, David Luiz wheeled away in delight, celebrating in his usual manic style.
Once the dust had settled, David Luiz spoke to Sky Sports and, as reported by the BBC, had this to say about his winning kick and the game:
“It’s a great feeling.
“In the first half, we could have scored three or four. Also in the second half, we controlled it.
“Spurs had one opportunity and they scored it. The reaction and spirit of the team, I’m so happy.
“It’s frustrating when you control the game and have the chance to lose on penalties because you never know with penalties.
“The team did amazing. We created a lot of chances and pressed well.”
Indeed, they did but it begs us, here at Vital Chelsea, why the team can’t do it on a regular basis and occasionally provide the lacklustre performances we’ve seen away to Arsenal and Tottenham, this season, in the Premier League.
Oh! The joys of football.
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