A brilliant display capped with a delicious cross into the Burnley penalty box for Alvaro Morata to score with a diving header staged a fruitless comeback in Chelsea’s opening day defeat to Burnley, an industrious display against Spurs, and a sensational performance against Everton in the League Cup are just the contributions made by Willian in 2017. But during the midweek Champions League encounter, the Brazilian gave us a reminder of his ability. He was involved in all four goals scored by Chelsea. The first and third goals were as a result of penalties awarded for fouls on him, the second and fourth were clinical finishes by the Brazilian.
He’s been quiet and anonymous in games since mid last season after the death of his mum. His only telling contributions thereafter were in matches against Stoke City in the league during the winter period, and in the League Cup semifinals against Spurs when he also scored a brace too last season. Aside these moments, the Brazilian’s performance have been far and between.
But on the back of a scintillating performance against Qarabag, it might just be too early to judge if Willian is back to his best form. More so, with Chelsea on a winning run in the league, making changes to a winning formula might not appeal to Conte. In hindsight, with Liverpool likely to play three energetic midfielders, possibly from the likes of: Can, Wijnaldum, Henderson and Coutinho, Chelsea will need the trio of Fabregas, Bakayoko and Kante to win the midfield battle for us.
Willian while still a decent player can be Conte’s star tactical option in the game if Chelsea need to go for the jugular. Then as the season progresses, the Brazilian can still fight for to reclaim his place in the starting lineup. On signing for Chelsea in 2013, he had this to say:
“I’m very happy to be here, it’s been a dream of mine to come and play here,” Willian said.
Now is the time for the Brazilian to show he has Chelsea in his heart by playing his way back into contention for a starting place.
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