Despite being 11 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, Chelsea star Willian has not given up hopes on winning the Premier League title this season.
Chelsea’s 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Sunday moved the Blues five points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, with N’Golo Kante’s goal in the second half securing all three points for Chelsea.
With the Blues missing out on Champions League football this season, the main objective for Chelsea is to return to the Champions League next season.
Despite Liverpool being unbeaten and 11 points above Chelsea, Willian doesn’t think Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table is unassailable.
“Yeah our target is to stay at the top,” Willian told beIN SPORTS when asked about Chelsea’s title hopes.
“We know we cannot talk about the title, we know we are 11 points from Liverpool.
“But we have to believe. In football, you never know. Even more in the Premier league.
“So we have to believe until the very end, and we have to win games.”
Speaking about the win over Crystal Palace, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri said: “I think we played against a dangerous opponent, because they are very dangerous in short and long counter-attacks, so we had to have good positions under the goal-line in the offensive phase otherwise we were in trouble.
“I think that we played a very good match for 85 minutes. We were in full control of the match. But we didn’t kill the match and so, for us, it’s very difficult to defend in the box in the last five minutes because we haven’t very good physical impact, so we are in trouble in the box.
“But for 85 minutes we were in full control without conceding anything to the opponents.
“I didn’t like only that we weren’t able to kill off the match before. [It was] better in the second half, I think, because in the first half we did everything very well but slowly. In the second half, for 40 minutes, we moved the ball better.”
Meanwhile, Jamie Redknapp hailed David Luiz for his assist for N’Golo Kante’s goal. Luiz played the ball over the top for Kante, who got behind Patrick van Aanholt, calmly controlled the ball with his chest before sending the ball rolling past Crystal Palace goalkeeper Guaita.
“The pass, we’re talking about a pass from a centre-back,” Redknapp said on Sky Sports.
“I know David Luiz has got great quality, but he clips it and it’s such great technique.
“He just stands it up there and puts it on his chest. It’s perfect.
“He’s got brilliant ability but he sees it so early.
“He gets it back onto his right foot and he goes ‘there you are’.
“It has to be the right weight, has to be the right height otherwise it won’t get there.
“It’s a brilliant pass.”