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The Chelsea defender is fully aware of the striker’s qualities, having played against him in Ligue 1 for Paris St Germain between 2014-16.
Lacazette scored 100 goals in 203 appearances in the French top flight, although he never found the net against PSG when Luiz was playing for them.
The Brazil international is set to face Lacazette for the first time in a Chelsea shirt tomorrow, when the Blues play Arsenal in a pre-season friendly at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing.
Luiz told Standard Sport: “Lacazette is a top player, top striker. I had many opportunities to play against him in France and he was always difficult. Arsenal did well to take him.
“What makes him so good? He has the timing to go into the space, he finishes well, he can score many goals, he can assist. So he is a top-level player.”
Luiz impressed during his first season back at Chelsea last term but admits playing against players of Lacazette’s quality will inspire him to raise his game.
He added: “Of course it [playing against Lacazette] motivates me.
“But it’s not just Lacazette, it’s every game we play against top players, top managers, top stadiums, top crowds, top cities, top clubs.”