David Luiz says players demoted to the Chelsea bench have nothing to prove to get back into Jose Mourinho's starting side.
Luiz played 90 minutes in Tuesday night's League Cup clash at Swindon Town, along with Juan Mata, with the Blues' coach having publicly identified the two as players needing to improve to make the first team.
Chelsea's team of mostly fringe players had little difficulty as they beat the League One side 2-0 at the County Ground but Luiz says they had nothing to prove to the Special One.
Luiz said: “We don’t have to prove anything. We just have to show that we want to play. Everyone had an opportunity to play and show our football and that’s it.
“This is a big club and we have many, many good players. If Chelsea just had 11 players we could win nothing.”
Questioned on his feelings about being dropped for last Saturday's west London derby win over Fulham, Luiz continued: “How do you know how he picked the team?
“It was just one game. Sometimes when other players go out of the team, you don’t say anything.
“I don’t need to prove anything. Everyone knows who is David Luiz, I want to play football and enjoy myself on the pitch so when I have an opportunity to play, I want to enjoy. Just that.
“I am just one player in the team. Sometimes the manager can put me in, sometimes not. It’s his choice.”
Chelsea take on Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday lunchtime.