Happy New Year! Chelsea's David Luiz gets his 2013 party started early
22:08 GMT, 31 December 2012
David Luiz celebrated the new year (and maybe being in Neil Ashton's London team of 2012!) with some big balloons and a message to his fans.
The Chelsea centre-back and, of late, rampaging midfielder, took this photograph to welcome in 2013 in his usual exuberant and charismatic fashion.
Luiz has plenty to be pleased about after Chelsea overturned Everton at Goodison Park.
Happy new year: David Luiz had a message for his fans
The Toffees took the lead almost immediately but Luiz's enthusiastic display in the middle of the park helped the Blues bite back.
A Frank Lampard double earned Chelsea three points and now they are preparing to face west London rivals Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday night.
Dynamic: Luiz put out fires all over the field against Everton in his robust fashion
John Obi Mikel missed Sunday's match
with a knee problem and with Oriol Romeu sidelined for several months,
Luiz seems set to keep his birth alongside Lampard.
relishes going forward from the midfield and although he still has
important defensive duties to fulfill, has far more freedom than when
playing at centre-back.
Since arriving at Stamford Bridge, Rafael Benitez has believed the title is still within Chelsea's grasp.
The Blues are third, 11 points behind leaders Manchester United, although they have a game in hand.