Willian is yet to make a start in the Premier League since the 2-0 win against Hull City back in October. He lost his mother during that period, and was given a compassionate leave by the club to go to Brazil. In his stead, Pedro has shone brightly, relegating Willian to substitute appearances.
Willian says manager Antonio Conte has been helping him stay confident since his bereavement and he is ready to keep helping the team on their formidable run, while also revealing that he’s ready to start now.
“The manager changed the team because I was in a difficult moment. I lost my mum and I had to stay in Brazil for a few days,” he said.
“I missed some games and the team started to win and play well. Pedro came in and he did very well.
“But the manager talked to me and told me to stay concentrated, to work hard in training and when I come into the game to try to do my best. I feel more fresh and good to come back in the team.
“He gives me confidence to get back in the team and train hard to play well. I am happy because I came in and helped my team-mates to win that game (against Man City).
“Sometimes the game is asking to change some things, to put in another player and change the system. The players on the bench have to be focused because, when you go in, you have to do something different.” Willian said.