Willian reveals the former Chelsea coach that he had problems with

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Willian spent seven years at Chelsea, and worked with different managers during that timeframe. From Jose Mourinho, to Hiddink, to Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sarri and Frank Lampard, before eventually leaving Chelsea for Arsenal.

At the time, under Conte, rumours had it that Willian was having issues with the then Chelsea boss, although neither of them agreed that there were issues between them.

The Brazilian has now hailed Conte for being a good tactician, but blamed his poor man-management skills, as he revealed that Conte had problems with not only him, but other Chelsea players as well.

“Look, I think he’s a great coach. A great coach, he has some ideas, he works a lot tactically, the defensive part as well,” Willian told UOL.

“I think that, in the field, the way of working I have nothing to say. He’s a really hard-working guy. He’s a great coach.

“The problem he had was management, how to manage the group. That’s what he lacked, which is why he ended up having a lot of problems with several players, including me too.

“So that was really it. I think he was unable to manage and understand that there were many different players, from different countries, players considered stars. Important players for the club too. So I think he lacked that understanding.

“But even so we were champions, the team really fit this way of playing. I think we took almost all opponents by surprise in this 3-4-3 formation, the wingbacks, so it took everyone by surprise.”

On the difference between Conte and Sarri, Willian added: “With Sarri, I think Sarri is a coach who also works a lot tactically, works a lot with the set piece, he offensive part too. It’s a different style of play than Conte’s.

“We, with Sarri, we controlled the game much more. With Conte we had more counterattack. So there were two great coaches who really enjoy working, without a doubt they work hard enough to be able to do the best for their team.”

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