Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has hailed Willian after his impressive performance against Barcelona on Tuesday night while also urging Willian to produce similar performances on a more consistent basis.
“He was excellent, he was the man. We were all looking at Hazard pre-game but I think Willian was the man tonight,” Lampard said of Willian on BT Sport.
“He was unlucky with both of his strikes in the first-half. He showed Barcelona what he can do which is to shift to his right foot which we saw twice with a couple of sighters and on the third time he buries it.
“It was an absolutely fantastic goal from him.”
Speaking about Willian’s goal, Lampard added: “He uses [Ivan] Rakitic brilliantly. He bends it around Rakitic and the goalkeeper is completely unsighted. He sets it outside and brings it back in.
“I’ve seen him do it in training time and time again. When you’re talking about him not playing and you’re talking about a level of consistency with him, you want to see him do that all the time.
“Some say he’s a victim of the structure of the team because Pedro has been impressive and it’s a given that Eden Hazard will play pretty much every game.
“It’s been up to him to show that he’s the man. I don’t think he’s always done it but on that form tonight he’s one of the top players.”