Willian Happy To Be Among The Senior Players In The Team

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Willian was the second oldest player in the pitch for Chelsea in the 2-0 victory over Brighton on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

The 31-year-old Brazilian started the game and scored an important 76th minute goal to seal Chelsea’s victory. He’s currently among the senior players in the team, as Frank Lampard tries to build a young and vibrant Chelsea team with a core from the academy.

Willian who joined Chelsea as a young player in 2013 has revealed that he’s happy to be a part of this new look Chelsea team.

“I enjoy it a lot,” Willian said. “I enjoy myself, I enjoy it with my team-mates and I have pleasure to play with them and this is what I want – to have pleasure, play, enjoy myself on the pitch and get the results.”

Willian was having a very good game against Brighton but couldn’t get on the scoresheet until the 76th minute, and he was happy with the victory and believes it’ll spur them on achieve more this season.

“In the first half I tried a couple of finishes but I was blocked,” he admitted, “and then finally in the second half I got one and I am happy with the result. The clean sheet means we get confidence now. We will have more confidence in the next games and we have to carry on the same way.

“If we want to stay at the top of the table we have to win points and win games, so we go for it. We have to keep pushing, and working hard, and I think we can do that.”

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard chose to praise the experienced players after the game against Brighton, with Jorginho and Willian scoring the two goals in that game.

Lampard said: “Everyone has been drawn to talking about the young players but they will always need experienced players around them. You’re talking about Jorginho with the coolness of head to score the penalty, and Willian who not only created chances for himself and got his goal but showed fantastic work ethic as well.

“Those are the standards. Some of the experienced players can set those standards and the young players must follow.”

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