Chelsea have been playing Europa League football this season after missing out on the top four in the Premier League last campaign.
Chelsea defender David Luiz has admitted it’s been difficult watching the Champions League this season.
The Blues are battling it out for a Champions League spot this season. Following the 1-1 at Manchester United on Sunday, the Blues are in fourth place, two points above fifth-placed Arsenal, with just two games remaining.
Luiz insists it’s vital Chelsea play Champions League football next season.
Luiz said as quoted on Standard Sport: “It is important for our club. We are a big club and big clubs want to play in the Champions League.
“I have missed it. It’s great to be there, to try to play against the best teams in the world, the best players, the best coaches. Everybody has been missing that.
“I watch a lot of football, but when the Champions League anthem comes on I miss it. It’s hard, but we have to be humble and understand that we didn’t do the job one year ago and we had to pay the consequences. We have to be mature enough to understand that.
“Was the draw at United a bit step to making the top four? Yes. It is an important point for Chelsea.
“But we still have to think game by game.
“The last few games for everybody has been tough. People have started to joke that no-one wants to be in the top four because everyone is losing points.
“It’s not easy for anybody. We saw Manchester City fighting for the title at Burnley and it was difficult for them until the end.
“Sometimes people forget to respect the other sides, they train every day, they have a philosophy, have great players, great coaches, great fans and they try to fight also.”