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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted he was concerned about whether Chelsea star Willian was enjoying his football at the club.
According to Lampard, when watching Chelsea games as a fan in recent years it looked like Willian wasn’t playing at his best, having known the quality he has since they were teammates.
Lampard has done well to bring Willian back to his best form, and the Brazilian was incredible against Tottenham during the weekend.
“It’s great for me, especially when he plays like he did the other day,” Lampard said. “It was an incredible performance and he has that talent. I knew he had that talent when I got the job. The last year or two, I’ve looked at him from afar and I wasn’t sure how much he was enjoying it in the games that I watched – his body language, in and out of games sometimes.
“My feeling at the start of the season was to tell him how much I feel about him and how important he is for the team. We wanted to get him fit and working hard off the ball because I know he can and the rest, in terms of what he does on the ball, I can let him do that because he has this incredible ability to burst away from people.
“If there was one thing I wanted from him at the start of the season, it was to score more goals because his talent says he should do and that means maybe sometimes running into space behind defenders and getting the other side but he’s doing all those things. All his team-mates love him, he’s a low-maintenance player to have in the squad so I’m really happy with him.”