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David Luiz urges Chelsea youngsters to prove their worth in Frank Lampard era

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'You have to think about opening the door - not the door opening for you': David Luiz urges Chelsea youngsters to prove their worthDavid Luiz has encouraged Chelsea's academy graduates to step up this seasonMason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori all played at St Patrick's Athletic The Brazilian has warned youngsters they must prove they are good enoughLuiz believes Chelsea fans must be patient at the beginning of a new era 

David Luiz has backed Chelsea's youngsters to step up and prove their worth this season - but warned them that they can't expect an easy route into the first team, even though Chelsea are serving a transfer ban.

With Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori playing key roles in the 4-0 win at St Patrick's Athletic in Dublin on Saturday, with 18-year-old Billy Gilmour impressing in the second half, Luiz is excited at the potential of youth at the club.

But the 32-year-old Brazilian says it is up to the academy graduates to prove they are good enough.

David Luiz has encouraged Chelsea's academy graduates to step up this season

'When you're young you have to think about opening the door - not the door opening for you, said Luiz. 

'The young players have to work in this mentality, because life is not easy.

'Every day another boy is born and another boy wants to be a footballer. And it's up to everybody to work hard and for them to knock on the door and open the door. They have the talent for that, they have the potential for that. They just have to show that every single day.

Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham (pictured), Fikayo Tomori all played at St Patrick's Athletic

'I think we are a lucky team because we have so much talent, the young players are amazing. Every single one, they have the quality already to play for this club. I have to do my role as a senior player, just trying to help them. It is a big step up and it's up to everyone to do their job.'

And Luiz says that team accepts that fans will still expect the team to compete for trophies despite the fact they can't sign players.

'I think everyone understands the moment and everyone understands [the need] to be patient. But in the end everyone wants to win. The fans are going to be patient in the first six months and then in the last six months they want us to win. It is going to be like that, we have to think about that and do the best to make them happy.

'If you don't think like that then you can't play for Chelsea. The ambition has to be high.'

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