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Wilian has been used more as a substitute than as a starting player, much to the frustrations of the Brazilian.

He scored a brace and was the man of the match against Qarabag in the Champions League. He then came on to score the equaliser against Liverpool on Saturday, and former Blue Pat Nevin has hailed impact of the Brazilian winger.

Nevin wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “As an old-school attack-loving player it was great for me to see Willian, Eden, Cesc, Alvaro and Pedro all tearing into Liverpool at the same time, even if it was only for part of the game.

“Once again, it showed the spirit the manager desires is back with a vengeance within the group.  Willian obviously deserves fantastic praise for his reaction to his recent opportunities. Last week on this page I wrote: ‘Willian and Pedro have done nothing wrong, are in fine form and do not get as many opportunities to start.

“They are however still vital because there will be injuries, some games will demand different methods (3-4-3 will be utilised again) and of course those substitute appearances can be, and usual are critical for Antonio. Do not be surprised if either of those two are integral to results in the next few games, whether they start or not.’

“Well the Brazilian certainly hasn’t let me down.”

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