Willian aims sly dig at former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri

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Chelsea winger Willian has been in excellent form in recent weeks and the Brazilian insists Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has played a key role in his transformation this season.

According to Willian, he is playing better this season because Lampard has given him the freedom to express himself something he couldn’t do under Maurizio Sarri last season.

Willian told ESPN Brasil via Sport Witness: “Lampard has been giving me complete confidence, always talking to me. Since the beginning of the season he said he wanted to see me happy, to see me smiling, to see me playing the way I can play and giving me the freedom to move around doing what I wanted.

“Unlike last season, when the game system was a little different, when I didn’t have so much freedom to keep moving.

“And this season is being different, I think this freedom I’m having makes my football appear more and more. This has been happening, so I’m very happy to be able to add to the team in this way, playing in this way that we have positive results.”

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