Willian and Marcos Alonso are two of Chelsea’s free-kick takers, and the Brazilian has already shown his impact in set-piece this season in Marcos Alonso’s winner at Newcastle, when he delivered the ball for Olivier Giroud to nod back to the goalscorer.
Willian has revealed that he loves direct free-kicks that lead to goals, but Maurizio Sarri trains the team on indirect free-kick situations.
“I just practise my free-kicks and when we have the chance in the game I do the same kick that I did in the training and it is important to train well because you have some times the chance with a free-kick that can decide a game. Set-pieces are very important.
“At Newcastle we practised this combination in the training and it worked in the game and that was nice. This is what the manager said to us to do, and we did well. It feels almost as good when you are part of a free-kick like that. Almost, but it is better when you score direct!”