David Luiz has warned Manchester United that Chelsea are determined to beat them to what would be a sensational Barclays Premier League and Champions League double this season.
Luiz produced another virtuoso display to help the champions edge past Manchester City 2-0 and maintain their late charge in defence of the title. Chelsea went into the international break nine points behind faltering leaders United with a game in hand, having also drawn them in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
"We want to do everything this season," said Luiz. "We want to catch United in the Premier League and beat them in the Champions League. We have to believe - we can win the title."
Luiz, who is cup-tied for the latter clashes at the beginning of next month, has backed his team-mates to end United's European dream, while vowing to help the Blues complete what would be one of the most incredible title comebacks in Premier League history.
He added: "There are still many games and a lot of points to play for.
"I can't play in the Champions League because I am cup-tied but I am very close to the team. The happiness of my team-mates will be my happiness if they do well."
The Â£25million signing of Luiz has co-incided with Chelsea's Premier League revival, with the champions having trailed United by 15 points at one stage.
The former Benfica centre-back has been a revelation, demonstrating the full range of his defensive and attacking skills and making himself an instant hero with his new side's supporters. Indeed, the 23-year-old Brazil star has now scored crucial goals against United and City in his two starts at Stamford Bridge.
He said, modestly: "I am really delighted that the fans have taken to me so soon but the best thing is that the team are in good shape. I always work hard and like to help the team.
"Of course, when the team are doing well it is much easier. It has become easy for me to settle in because the players and the manager have helped me."