WILLIAN REVEALS WHAT HE TOLD HIGUAIN BEFORE TAKING THE PENALTY KICK

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Chelsea defeated Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 in the FA Cup fourth round tie at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.

Chelsea were awarded a penalty in the first-half and Willian has confirmed that he wanted Gonzalo Higuain to open his debut with a goal. Willian gave the Argentine a chance to take Chelsea’s penalty against Sheffield Wednesday but he declined.

Willian then took the penalty and opened the scoring for the Blues in the first-half, while he netted again in the second half after Callum Hudson-Odoi had doubled the lead.

Higuain couldn’t get a debut goal and was restricted to a handful of chances, touching the ball just 30 times before he was taken off for Olivier Giroud after 80 minutes.

Asked by ChelseaTV if Higuain had asked for the ball during the exchange, Willian explaining the situation, said: “No I want to give him the ball.’

He added: “Yes. I wanted him to score the first goal today. But it will come soon.”

Although Higuain didn’t make a good impact in the game, Willian revealed that the Argentine will be a good signing for the club especially with the quality of players around him.  

“We have a great relationship, we know each other inside the pitch,” Willian continued.

“We know the quality of the players we have in front, a lot of quality players, technical players so it’s great when you have players like Higuain, Hudson-Odoi, Pedro, Hazard, Giroud. It’s good for Chelsea.”

Higuain will get another chance in Wednesday’s Premier League game against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.

And Maurizio Sarri’s assistant Gianfranco Zola was impressed with some of the 31-year-old’s movement in the game.

He said: “Considering it is the first game, you will see more from him.

“A couple of times in the first half he made a couple of great moves but we couldn’t find the right ball. I am personally satisfied with him, but he is going to get better because he needs to build up an understanding with the others.

“Sometimes in the first half he was making movements but we couldn’t see his movements and this is something we need to do.”

Speaking to BBC, Zola added: “We are pleased with Gonzalo Higuain’s performance, he was trying to find the space and get on the ball.

“It wasn’t easy as they had a lot of players round him.”

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